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The Countdown Begins: 100 Days Until the Victory Day

The Countdown Begins: 100 Days Until the Victory Day
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We suggest that you make this 100-day journey along with the National Library of Belarus from January 30 to May 9 and daily get acquainted with the news and events of the winter-spring of 1945.

Farther away from us are those 1,418 days of the war. Already much has been forgotten and much has become known. But our surprise remains unchanged by the courage of ordinary people who defended their right to life with a rifle or in the enterprises on the home front. Yellowed newspapers are informational witnesses of those days. We wanted to erase the gold dust from those events and to see ordinary people with their worries, labors and dreams by choosing specific newspaper news.

The Red Army had been fighting far beyond the borders of the BSSR during this period and had been moving steadily towards Berlin, towards the end of the heavy war. On the one hand, it was easier to fight: family homes are already out of danger. But on the other hand, everything around was unfamiliar and alien, the danger could be scorched from any window, turn of the road, forest thicket, whether in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary or Germany, where there were fights at that time. The German Army knew how to fight, and, like a mortally wounded beast, snarled mercilessly. But our army was not waiting for mercy. We learned how to win. Although the main victory was yet ahead.

Here, on the territory of Belarus, the piercing sounds of war were not heard for several months already. The restoration of the activities of enterprises and institutions was in full blast.

We tried to show the large and small events that took place at that time at the front and at our home: the fighting, the restoration of industry, agriculture, and, of course, cultural life, including work of the libraries network by publishing news from newspapers stored in the fund of the National Library of Belarus. We admire (without exaggeration) the heroism of the people of that time who happened to fight a very strong enemy and defeat him and who had to rebuild their pre-war peaceful life anew (in the literal sense).

We are waiting for you on the NLB portal and Belarus in the Information Space website!

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Let's Create a Project Together

21 Sep 2020

A virtual project "On the Wave of Time, Throughout the Life", timed to the 100th anniversary of the literary association "Maladnyak" (1923-1928), includes a lot of interesting and informative things. These are photographs of the writers, their family and friends, manuscripts and letters, photos of personal belongings of the members of "Maladnyak", full texts of their pieces. Important material that makes the project "alive" and relevant are the articles of modern researchers. With the permission of the authors, we place digitized copies of publications that are available to readers in full.

To the 100th Anniversary of “Maladnyak

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