Photographer's Note

May 9 - a.k.a. Victory Day - is a great holiday in Russia.

It marks the victory over the Nazi forces in World War 2 (also known as the Great Patriotic War in the Soviet Union).

I post this photo in memory of those who fought with and defeated Nazi fascism in WW2 - especially in memory of those millions of Russians who perished but were not crushed during that terrible war - so that such young girls like this one could enjoy life, listen to music, eat ice-cream, have happy children…

In a photo posted a few years ago I already provided a link to the famous Charlie Chaplin’s speech from “The Great Dictator”. I want to repeat it here now.

Chaplin's speech - YouTube.

NB. for those who have not seen the movie: here, Chaplin expresses his own personal opinion.

In the background: the famous St. Basil’s Cathedral. It was built from 1555–61 on orders from the Russian tzar Ivan the Terrible and commemorates the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan.

I also wan to repeat an extract from the note to that photo of mine:

“We remember the great victory in the terrible war which swept away millions of innocent lives.

We honour WW2 veterans the number of which diminishes very quickly as too much time has already passed since 1945.

Soon there will be none of them left alive to tell young people about the WW2 time.

Soon people will learn about WW2 only from (text)books and movies...

Thanks to many modern movies, books and computer games nowadays more and more children think that war is fun and military weapons look so cool and beautiful, and human life doesn’t really cost anything.

War means "an open armed conflict between two or more parties, nations, or states".
War means that someone wins and someone loses.

War is a perquisite of mankind.

In a war there is no winner. There are only losers.

What do people lose in a war?

What do we lose?

With each new (local) war we lose a bit of hope… a hope for stopping senseless bloodshed for the sake of someone’s earthly profits; a hope for creating a different world – "a kind new world where men will rise above their hate and brutality.””

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