Russia celebrates the 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany every May 9 to honor those who fought and died for the country.
I have people around me who have doubts about the celebration of Victory Day this year. The context is really tricky. But.
For Jews and Armenians, the memory of the Holocaust is sacred. The Jews lost 5.5 million people, and the Armenians about 2 million people. It is forever in the DNA of a people.
In the war of 1941-1945, Soviet Union lost more than 40 million people, the total population decline was 52 million. The Second World War is the largest war in the history of mankind. We have lost more lives than other participating countries combined. Isn't that a reason to honor a day that symbolizes the biggest loss that any country has ever suffered in its history?
The USSR included Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia. These were the losses and the victory of all the Union republics.
For survivors, victory was the meaning of life.