On November 26, a closure of “The Face of the Great War” exhibition dedicated to the First World War to which a St. Petersburg philanthropist, President of the Charity Fund, Grachya Pogosyan was invited, took place at the Museum and Exhibition Center “Russia - My History”.
The exhibition, which was opened 2 weeks ago, very insightfully and unusually tells the visitors about all stages of the First World War. The memory told through personal belongings, awards, photographs, poems by witnesses and famous poets of that time, makes you to understand the whole depth of the tragedy and heroism of the Russian army, allows you, at least partially, to immerse into the reality of what was happening, literally - through smells! Here it was possible to find out what “aromas” enveloped the fighters in gas attacks with the use of mustard gas, phosgene and chlorine, how “smelled” the soldier's dugout and hospital ward.
Doctor of Historical Sciences and Curator of the exhibition project - Aleksey Aranovich – made a speech on this day about the features of the whole exhibition and its individual exhibits. Rector of the Church of the Icon of the Mother of God “Joy of all who Sorrow” in St. Petersburg, Archpriest Vyacheslav Kharinov as well as Head of the “St. George” search association, Oleg Alekseev, were among the guests.
At the end of an amazing excursion, Oleg Chernyaga, General Director of the “Russia - My History” Exhibition Center, thanked Grachya Poghosyan for his personal contribution to preserving the historical memory of the heroes of the First World War.
It is worth noting that, thanks to the support of Grachya Pogosyan and his charity fund, destroyed crosses were restored on the graves of the heroes of the First World War buried in Tartu (Estonia) Georgy Pavlovich von Unterberger (senior officer of the “Yenisei” minelayer) and Archpriest Pavel Petrovich Tsitovich (Rector of the temple of the 95th Krasnoyarsk Infantry Regiment of Russian Imperial Army). A memorial plate with a bronze bas-relief of Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilyov, a poet of the Silver Age, hussar of the Leib Guard (Imperial Guard) of her Majesty's regiment, was installed in Arendol estate, Latvia, where his regiment stood for some period. A copy of the memorial plate to Gumilyov N.S. was installed at the Tsarskoye Selo Gymnasium of Arts named after Anna Akhmatova in Pushkin city, St. Petersburg. Also a memorial plate was installed on the temple (that is under restoration) of the 95th Krasnoyarsk Infantry Regiment in the city of Tartu (Estonia).
The patron contributed to the restoration of two plates on the graves of soldiers of the Russian Imperial Army who fell in the First World War on the island of Saaremaa (Estonia). He also restored the tombstone to the famous surgeon, orthopedist and prosthetist - German Alexandrovich Albrecht at the Cossack cemetery of the Alexander Nevsky Lavra in St. Petersburg. During the First World War, G.A. Albrecht worked as a Chief physician of the hospital and Head of the evacuation center on the North-Western Front (1914-1915). Since 1915 G.A. Albrecht worked as assistant of a Chief physician at the Mariinsky Shelter for Crippled Warriors and warriors with amputations.