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Despite its scale, Lepel counterpunch still remains in the “shadow “. Ten folders oral archives, memoirs, maps, diagrams and documents – a good legacy for those who have not found the eyewitnesses of the events.

At the threshold of a small two-storey house of an old red brick building we were met by a smiling stocky man with glasses and with a cane. Tank battle in Syanno interested in many local, but it is the case that all inquiries about the tanks lead here – in Senno museum. C since schools stopped teaching world culture, there is a donkey local ethnographer and artist Vasily Bondarevich.

He gathered a concise exposition, and archival studies for the history of culture Sennenschiny formed the basis of his book-tour, published in 2008 year with the filing deputy information minister. Through the work of Vasily V. Senno came IS-3: it ethnographer led installing the tank-monument.

– What was – he commented choice of the Ministry of Defence – it now and then criticize.
On the threshold warns:

– I myself am a man of the old school, behind the scientific and technological progress, but I had a lot to deal “adukatsyyay.” *

About twenty years the artist has led the school its course “Heritage” **, which combines art, world culture and local history.

– Until … on top of it is not defeated. Left only computer science and English, – clearly condemning the new trends, he says, and accompanies us to the room of the museum, dedicated to arms.

Once in Minsk subway attack occurred, museums banned weapons without special exhibit showcases. But under the direction of Vasily V. art classes students made models of “weapons of victory” in full size.

– Materials – a piece of wood, cardboard, paper, – says local historian copy Mosin rifle, which holds in his hands, and laughing gaily. – That’s what artists can do!

So gradually filled the room: the first sub-machine gun after the Finnish War – Degtyaryova system, quick-Tokarev rifle – such was armed 7th Mechanized Corps, the most recognizable Machine – submachine gun Shpagin , machine gun Degtyarev Infantry, PPS submachine gun, cavalry carbine 1944. Under glass – a personal weapon of the Red Army, too, to make a “lads”.

– If the school did not close the slope, it would make more and arms.

From a stack of boxes on the closet Vasily V. Requests to get signed 1812. It – paper Russian army. To lesson the children made a map of “The Battle of island” and the laying on her homemade troops.

– the only way they begin to understand what 1812.

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– How do you restore the history Syanno? – Ask our guide.

– I am not a historian, I am an artist – Vasily V. evasive answers and leads us into his office.

There eyes run: in the corner of the table is a carved massive chair on the contrary – shelves filled with folders of materials on the history of Senno district. Signatures say that everything is collected in a thematic and chronological order. 10 folders devoted to war in 1941 and Lepel counterattack. Ethnographer monitors all recent publications about the battle of Senno and constantly updates its archive.

Until some “cases” can only be reached by stairs, which immediately lean. In the center of the room – Christmas tree, decorated with ten balls made of papier-mache with images of the heroes of Russian and French armies which were in Senno.

First Vasily V. shows his books – ten printed their efforts, four of them published.

With the help of the local Catholic parish published a book on the history of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, history Senno gentry and the local church. During the war he was badly damaged, but was finally demolished in 1962. Now the oldest building in Senno and Syanno district – Franciscan monastery in 1760.

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It is located in the oldest area of ​​the city – shopping. During armored fighting the Germans used as an observation tower church, it was struck by Soviet artillery and destroyed a quarter of the building. Since the monastery has not retained the original appearance, this unique building has not been assigned the status of an architectural monument. Now here is a sausage shop, attach warehouses and barns restaurant “Acropolis”.

interest in the local history of the artist does not wake up suddenly from his childhood he listened to the history of “word of mouth”.

– Father was 14 years old when the war began. After the tank battles in the city remained HF, BT, who could not take the Germans. Father climbed on these tanks – collecting weapons and everything of value that were found there, and then sent to the partisan unit Krasavina.

In 1943, his father Vasily V. went to the guerrillas in the war lost a leg. Died at 82 years old, and all this time to his friends came Senno, the last war, including participants tank battles at Senno. The only thing a little local history regrets – not all stories have time to write.

In regional library Syanno can see paintings by Vasily Bondarevicha. On one of them – the first tank battle monument, which stood in Bahusheusk. Now in its place installed gun – in memory of the fighters of the 7th Mechanized Corps.

When saying goodbye and thank you for a great tour of local lore, he thanked us in reply:

– Earlier in the classroom every day I children said something, and now only occasionally – when someone -What about you, come and interests. And interest is rare.

* Education (Br.).

** Heritage (Br.).

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