The Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War was the world’s first museum to tell the story of the bloodiest war of the 20th century.
Today it is one of the most important and biggest war museums in the world, along with the well-stocked museums in Moscow, Kiev, and New Orleans.
In those terrible years Belarus lost every third resident. More than 3 million people died, including about 50,000 partisans and underground fighters.
Throughout the country there were 250 death camps, including the infamous Trostenets, one of the largest after Auschwitz, Majdanek and Treblinka.
The collection of the world’s first museum of the Great Patriotic War was founded in June 1942 when no one could predict how long the war would last.
Future exhibits were sent directly from the frontlines to the special republican commission which was set up to collect the documents and materials.