WORLD WAR II:
COMMON MEMORY, COMMON PAIN,
COMMON JOY OF VICTORY



Some memories stay unforgotten forever,
Some glory will never be thrown in the shade.

Robert Rozhdestvenskiy, Soviet poet
WORLD WAR II:
COMMON MEMORY,
COMMON PAIN,
COMMON JOY OF VICTORY



Some memories stay unforgotten forever,
Some glory will never be thrown in the shade.

Robert Rozhdestvenskiy, Soviet poet
World War II (1939 - 1945) became the largest military conflict in the history of mankind. More than 60 states and 80% of the world's population participated in the war. Within six terrible years, more than 71 million people, both military and civilians were killed. Military operations were conducted on the territory of 40 states, as well as in marine and oceanic waters.

The countries that stood shoulder to shoulder against Nazism, fascism and Japanese militarism had different economic models and political systems, traditions and culture. However, the struggle against a single threat is forever inscribed in their common history. All the nations, involved in the war, demonstrated selfless courage and resilience. Fierce battles were fought in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

The Soviet Union became the main stronghold of resistance to Nazism in Europe. In 1941, almost 74% of the armed forces of the Third Reich and its allies were turned against the USSR. Allies of the Soviet Union, the United States and Great Britain, were at war in Africa and in the Pacific Ocean, where Singapore was the key British defense centre. The defenders of the fortified island held back the onslaught of superior enemy forces for more than three months, but on February 15, 1942, Singapore was captured by Japanese troops. The Japanese occupation of the island lasted until the end of the World War II.

The fate of civilians in the occupied territories often turned out to be even more tragic, than the fate of the soldiers who fought at the front. Silent monuments to thousands of victims are more eloquent than any words. All these steles remind us not only of the bitterness of the loss suffered, but also of resilience and a powerful will to live. It gave strength not only to go through the heat of war, but also to resurrect to a new life after the victory. The fate of our countries was strangely similar. The Soviet Union not only recovered from the war in record-short time, but also became one of the global powers. For Singapore, the victory was the first step towards liberation from colonial dependence, which ended in 1965, when the country attained full sovereignty. The USSR, and after it all the countries of the world recognized the young state, and from that moment a new era began in the history of Singapore. In just a few decades, the city-state became one of the "Asian Dragons" and became not just the gateway to Southeast Asia, but the heart of the entire Asia-Pacific region, the most important financial and logistics hub of the Eastern Hemisphere.

Why should people living a happy and peaceful life today remember the war that ended 75 years ago? We, the descendants of those who passed through it, know the answer. The memory of

the war and the pain that it brought is necessary so that such a tragedy never happens again. We can avoid this by creating strong ties between our countries based on friendship and trust.

This site was created at the initiative of the Russian-Singapore Business Council (RSBC) with the support of partners. More than 10 years, the RSBC has been solving its main task – to contribute to the development of international cooperation, strengthening partnerships and interregional contacts. We believe that every joint project contributes to building strong, reliable and ties of friendship between our countries.

We invite everyone to take part in the development of this project. In the "Immortal Regiment" section, anyone can pay tribute to those who fought for our happy future at the battlefield or under the occupation, fighting the enemy face to face or working selflessly in the rear. In the sections "II Russian Film Week in Singapore" and the "Photography exhibition "Victory Roads"", you will find information about events planned for the III quarter of 2020. You can find out more about the Russia-Singapore Business Council and its activities in the "Contacts" section.

We congratulate you on the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II. We wish you happiness and a peaceful sky above your head.
Yours sincerely,
Russia-Singapore Business Council