ON THE EASTERN FRONT

FIFTY YEARS AFTER THE SOVIETS DEFEATED HITLER, TWO GENERATIONS REFLECT ON A TRAGIC HISTORY

There are few of them left nowadays, and they are mostly ignored. On May 9, however, elderly veterans of the Red Army will turn out all across the former Soviet Union to celebrate their victory 50 years ago over Nazi Germany. In Moscow and Kiev, in St. Petersburg and Nizhni Novgorod, authorities are organizing rallies and parades to honor the old soldiers. And the old soldiers, rows of military medals pinned to their civilian clothes, are reminiscing about the war, the friends they lost and the savage, tragic history of the country they saved. Their stories are of heroism and struggle,...

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