Does WAR alter the Cultural Identity of the people?
Not only does war cripple the economy and the politics, but it forever alters the cultural identity of those people. War forces people to migrate for the sake of their safety and a better future. While they do carry their culture with them, the suffering and migration alters it very distinctly via a loss of language and tradition and via cultural enforcement at their new homes. Cultural integration with their new homes may or may not retain large parts of their original cultural identity.
One of the largest museums in Ukraine is centered on the 62-meter tall Motherland statue, which has become one of the most recognized landmarks of Kyiv. The National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War is a memorial complex commemorating the German-Soviet War. The museum has been visited by over 21 million visitors. A site with World War II military equipment, and the “Alley of the Hero Cities” displays the armaments used by the Soviet army post World War II. The sculptures in the alley depict the courageous defense of the Soviet border from the 1941 German invasion, terrors of the Nazi occupation, partisan struggle, devoted work on the home front, and the 1943 Battle of the Dnieper. All the activities of the museum are aimed at helping people understand the origins of the tragedies of war, and show ways to prevent them. Perhaps the current war will destroy this preserved history. Perhaps it will create a need for new exhibits … if the museum itself survives.
Let’s hope, the museum will be lucky enough to not be destroyed in the current strike in the Ukraine and that we are one day able to visit it. In the meanwhile here are interactive videos on the extraordinary exhibits at this museum.
Alley of the Hero Cities at the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War
Alley of the Hero Cities at the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War …
Hero City is a Soviet honorary title awarded for outstanding heroism during World War II. It was awarded to twelve…
Crossing of the Dnieper at the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War