Pictures from a German soldier’s album were shown in Hrodna Religion History Museum.
On the eve of June 22, a small exhibition devoted to the beginning of the war between Germany and the USSR opened in the museum lobby. At several booths were displayed photos, documents, awards of both the German and the Soviet side.
Attention was drawn by a collection of German soldier photos made in July and August 1941 during the offensive which was going through Belarus.
ID from occupied Slonim
Endless columns of Soviet POWs
Minute of silence during offensive
Its journey is over
The road to the east
Parts of uniform and awards
Heaps of brick and tin – all that remained of the house
Near blown up bridge
This collection was passed to museum workers by their colleagues at customs a few years ago. All the pictures are of small size – 6 by 9 centimeters – with edges cut according to the latest fashion.
Typing machine in the woods – a report or a letter home
At the map
German language textbook for Belarusians
Popular German military magazine
Break near the Mir Castle
Fate and even the name of the soldier who made the photos are, unfortunately, not known. Judging by his uniform at the photos, he most likely served in the air-field formations of the Luftwaffe. They were a part of the infantry, which formally belonged to the Air Force. In the photo you can see every day life scenes, funerals, handing out of awards, the Red Army POWs, crossings and fires.
Destroyed Belarusian cities and businesses
Fireworks during the funeral
Fellow soldier with burnt hands
Visitors can also see the German military awards, the German language textbooks for Belarusians, even a package of tobacco made during the German occupation of the Hrodna Tobacco Factory.
Soviet helmet on a stick – the tomb of the unknown soldier
Soviet aircraft in a ditch by the highway
Plate with the image of Hrodna church
Plate with the image of Old Castle
Destroyed Soviet aircraft which never took off
Another interesting thing from the exhibition – a set of two painted wooden plates with the image of the Old Castle and the Lutheran church in Hrodna – also the work of German soldiers. A few years ago, the museum acquired these exhibits from one of the local collectors.