Immigrants from Ukraine have made a significant contribution to the victory over Nazism.
In Ukraine, the victory Day over Nazism in the Second world war, celebrated on may 9, installed in accordance with the Law On commemorating the victory over Nazism in the Second world war 1939-1945.
For Ukraine, the Second world war began on 1 September 1939 with the Nazi Germany’s attack on Poland. On this day German military aircraft bombed Lviv and other cities. 17 September participant of the Second world war was the Soviet Union invaded Poland and occupied part of its territory, according to a secret Protocol to the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.
It should be noted that Ukraine (not only among the former Soviet republics, but also from all countries of the world) suffered the greatest losses during the Second world war. According to various estimates, have died in Ukraine from 8 to 10 million people, including civilians – about 5 million, 2.2 million were deported to forced labor in Nazi Germany, 10 million lost homes. Full ruins were converted more than 700 cities and towns, almost 30 thousand villages.
Immigrants from Ukraine have made a significant contribution to the victory over Nazism. On the side of the United Nations, they fought in the armies of Britain and Canada – 45 thousand people, Poland – 120 thousand, the Soviet Union – about 6 million, USA – 80 thousand, and France – 6 thousand, and also in the Ukraine in the ranks of the UPA were up to 100 thousand people.
According to the Ukrainian Institute of national memory, the new content of the celebration of the victory over Nazism involves rethinking the events of the Second world war, the destruction of the Soviet historical myths and honest dialogue around difficult pages of the past.
Today is honored the memory of everyone who fought against Nazism, stresses the solidarity and the combat brotherhood of the United Nations, both States and stateless peoples then. However, moving the emphasis from the history of warfare on the history of specific people, and then are encouraged to abandon the celebration in favor of memory.
The official symbol of the celebration of victory Day over Nazism in the Second world war for several years is the red poppy is a common symbol in the world of commemorative days. Its graphic representation is a kind of allusion: on the one hand, it represents the poppy flower, with another – a trail of blood from a bullet.
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