The digital database of the Russian “Memory road” project, dedicated to the victory over fascism, contains more than 1 million photos of people who fought in the Second world war. Museums, Military-Patriotic organizations and residents of Europe, whose relatives in particular fought against Nazism in the Soviet army (the Normandy-Neman aviation regiment, units of emigrants from Spain, and others), and other countries of the anti-Hitler coalition are invited to participate in the project.
The collected images will be shown in the “Memory Road” gallery, which is to open on the territory of the “Patriot” military park in Moscow region. The length of the gallery will be 1418 meters which coincides with the number of days the Russian Great Patriotic war lasted for.
This historical project involves both residents of Russia and other countries – the Netherlands, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Estonia. And this is understandable – not only the USSR, but also the countries of Europe, Asia, Africa, and both Americas fought against Nazi Germany and its allies. To counter fascists, a coalition was consisting of the USSR, Great Britain, and the United States was created. The fighting took place all over the world, so the Russian project is ready to perpetuate the memory of all the fighters for a common future. Regardless of where they fought: in Europe, North Africa, or in the Pacific.
By the time hostilities in Japan ended, more than 50 States had already been at war with the countries of the Nazi bloc. Therefore, all countries of the anti-Hitler coalition, museums, historical and veteran organizations of Europe and the world can participate in the project “Memory road” in order to preserve the memory of their heroes. In 2020, the world will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the victory in World war II.
“Memory road” is an accessible digital database hosted on https://pamyat-naroda.ru/ portal, where anyone can upload a photo of a combatant (the photo must first be digitized). In addition to images, the site contains information about the family history, the feat of a war hero, and his or her letters. Sergey Shoigu, Russian Minister of defence, took part in this project by contributing information about his relatives who fought during WWII.
The “Memory road” project is apolitical. It is about people, soldiers, many of whom gave their lives for peace in their countries.
Such a social project is being implemented only in Russia – there is no any other media platform on which full-fledged data about all war combatants can be found.
At the same time, advancement in technology makes it possible to combine all European museums, historical and veteran organizations into a single database to create an international portal about heroes of the WWII.