The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Friday, September 21, 2018


World Cup fans soak up history in Russia's Volgograd
The Hall of Military Glory is pictured at the Mamayev Kurgan World War II memorial complex in Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) on June 20, 2018. MARK RALSTON / AFP.

by Daniel Hicks


VOLGOGRAD (AFP).- Iceland and Nigeria fans soaked up the "awe-inspiring" history of Volgograd on Friday as they explored the World Cup city that was annihilated during World War II.

Nazi Germany's advance into Russia began exactly 77 years ago, on June 22, 1941, and was halted in the city, then known as Stalingrad, in February 1943.

The Battle of Stalingrad is among the bloodiest in history.

It raged for almost six months and when it was over the city was in ruins and around two million Nazi and Soviet soldiers and civilians had lost their lives.

"It's real history," Iceland fan Heidar Gudjonsson told AFP as he walked up the 200 steps to the "Mamayev Kurgan" monument to the battle -- a giant sculpture of a woman with sword raised.

"It's shocking and this monument is something else, it's extremely dramatic. It's awe-inspiring and it really has an influence on you," added Gudjonsson.

The memorial complex to the battle is set on a hill overlooking the new 45,500-seat Volgograd Arena and includes the towering 85-metre statue known as "The Motherland Calls", and a hall where an eternal flame to the city's fallen burns.

"The World War II history here is one of the most important parts of the 20th century in Europe so it was definitely a factor in our coming here," he added.

"We extended our stay here for two nights when we realised it was Stalingrad," said another Iceland fan, Finnur Einarsson, describing the lure of the city's historical sites.

"It's overwhelming that five, six times the population of our country died in this one city in just six months. You just can't really fathom how much that is.

"The plan was to come yesterday and just be here game day. But we got excited because we will probably never see Volgograd again, so having enough time to see the museum and the sights and everything was definitely worth it."

Nigeria's supporters were also climbing the 200 steps to the Stalingrad memorial complex in the heat and were similarly overwhelmed by the sense of history.

"We heard this was the place that the Second World War happened," said one fan named Suleman.

"It is beautiful. I never thought Russia would be like this before I came. And now I have seen the essence of football. It has united us all."

On Monday, the morning of England's clash with Tunisia in Volgograd, Britain's deputy ambassador to Russia, Lindsay Skoll, and Greg Clarke, chairman of the Football Association, laid wreaths to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad.

"I think what this demonstrates more than anything is that the enduring nature of the relationship between the UK and Volgograd outweighs any political ups and downs," Skoll said.

The positive sentiments were shared by football fans on Friday.

"The World Cup brings people together, war tears people apart. So it's a thing we should try to do, bring people together," said Gudjonsson.


© Agence France-Presse





Today's News

June 25, 2018

New Giacometti Institute aims to provide new perspectives on the artist’s work

Nature, art, and glass: A delicate balance at Schantz Galleries

Banksy needles France with migrant mural blitz in Paris

War, wine and wonders: hopefuls vie for place on UNESCO heritage list

Sculptor Mark Yale Harris celebrates his 80th year with solo-exhibitions across the country

Abrams distributes new book 'Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up'

Joseph Bellows Gallery opens two summer shows

Han Solo's 'Return of the Jedi' blaster sells for $550,000

MATRIX 179 at Wadsworth Atheneum marks U.S. premiere for British artist Conrad Shawcross

Tania Coen-Uzzielli appointed new Director Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Selected Affinities: Christopher Grimes Gallery brings together works by four artists

Collector Lio Malca exhibits two video works by Bill Viola in Ibiza

Exhibition at mumok addresses the role of music by fine artists

Exhibition at MACT/CACT Arte Contemporanea Ticino presents works of artistic craftsmanship

Kunsthalle Bern marks its 100th anniversary with exhibitions dedicated to Harald Szeemann

CANTSTOPGOODBOY explores new mediums for a sparkling solo show at Corey Helford Gallery

World Cup fans soak up history in Russia's Volgograd

The eight nominees of the third edition of the Prix Elysée revealed at the Nuit des images

BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts marks the fifty-year career of the Belgian artist Leo Copers with exhibition

Museo Archeologico Regionale Antonino Salinas displays works by Evgeny Antufiev

Exhibition at the North Wall Arts Centre marks the centenary of the Royal Air Force

Salvador Dali 'Cookbook' art exhibition travels from Niagara University to Finland

Full STEAM ahead for US youngsters learning the art of science

Ultimate dinosaurs exhibition makes its Texas debut at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- New photographic book explores the provocative works of Rodin, Schiele and Picasso

2.- Spanish sculptures get kitschy colours in another botched restoration

3.- Van Gogh was murdered claims new film at Venice

4.- Raging fire tears through Rio de Janeiro's treasured National Museum

5.- Musée national Picasso-Paris opens exhibition of masterpieces by Pablo Picasso

6.- National Gallery of Art opens major exhibition of Corot's paintings of women

7.- RYAN LEE opens Indigenous Woman, a solo exhibition by Martine Gutierrez

8.- Flowers Gallery appoints new Gallery Director Jennifer Francis to lead global operations

9.- Bavarian authorities return priceless eighth century gold Sican mask to Peru

10.- Detroit Institute of Arts receives monumental Ursula von Rydingsvard sculpture



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez


Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful