Monument to Marshal Zhukov installed in France, with support of Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation

24 June 2015

A ceremony was held at the Museum of the Surrender (Musée de la Reddition, Reims, France) on June 19, 2015. The monument was donated to the museum by the Russian Military-Historical Society; and was created on the initiative of the “Rossotrudnichestvo” Federal Agency, with the financial support of the Art, Science and Sport Foundation. The event was held as a part of the celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory over fascism in Europe.

The ceremony was attended by the city mayor, Arnaud Robinet, director of the museum, Mark Busken, Permanent Delegate of the Russian Federation to UNESCO Eleonora Mitrofanova, the head of the “Rossotrudnichestvo” agency in France, Igor Shpynov, director of the Moscow State Historical Museum, Alexei Levykin and creator of the monument — sculptor, corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Arts, employee of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Paris Andrey Tyrtyshnikov.

“This is a special event for Russia and France, not to mention for UNESCO, where I represent my country. 70 years ago, on May 8 in Berlin, Marshal Zhukov signed the capitulation of Nazi Germany on behalf of the USSR. Although the Second World War continued on other fronts, the fate of peace in Europe and throughout the world had already been secured. The Great Victory over fascism was won, and there was a new world order based on the UN system, of which UNESCO is an integral part. ‘Marshal of Victory’ Georgy Zhukov commanded the defence of Moscow, the Battle of Stalingrad, the liberation of Ukraine and finally, the storming of Berlin. His name is associated with the most vivid pages in the military history of the Great Victory. Let students and adults from all countries, who visit the museum, reflect on the lessons of the past and remember those to whom we owe our lives”, said Eleonora Mitrofanova, Permanent Delegate of the Russian Federation to UNESCO.

“As source material for the sculpture I used photographs of Zhukov from the very end of the war and from the first post war years. I decided to portray Zhukov as the four-time Hero of the Soviet Union. This museum at Reims is a focal point for understanding the historical processes that took place after the Second World War, and the installation of a bust of Marshal Zhukov in this museum in the year of the 70th anniversary of the victory once again reminds us of the undeniable heroic role of the Soviet Union in the victory over fascism. I would like to express my gratitude to Alisher Usmanov, the founder of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation, for the opportunity to carry out this project”, said sculptor Andrey Tyrtyshnikov.

The Museum of the Surrender in Reims is visited annually by hundreds of thousands of school children and adults. It is recommended to schools to increase the knowledge of history.

Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov (1896–1974) Soviet military leader, Marshal of the Soviet Union, four times recipient of Hero of the Soviet Union title and the gallant recipient of two Orders of Victory. The Marshal of Victory was also awarded the Légion d’Honneur (Grand Croix) by General Charles de Gaulle.

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