"If you ask any Russian about the experience of his family during World War II, almost invariably the answer will be: suffering and service to the country on the battlefield".
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US victory in World War II is remembered as a proper victory, while considering that the Red Army acted "more or less as a helper," writes The Washington Post.
However, the anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany passes almost unnoticed in that country, while Russia remains a great holiday celebrated throughout the length and breadth of the country, because there is almost no family that would not be affected by the war.
"If you ask any Russian about the experience of his family during World War II, almost invariably the answer will be: suffering and service to the country on the battlefield," says the newspaper.
Unlike the US, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was largely protected from attacks by the Pacific and the Atlantic, during World War II the Soviet Union found itself in a state of siege after the invasion Nazi 1941. Subsequently, the Red Army reached Berlin and played a key role in the overthrow of Adolf Hitler.Read moreVideo: General parade rehearsal Victory Day in Red Square
The human losses of the Soviet Union were enormous. According to most historians, the USSR lost between 27 and 28 million people. And the generation older Russians still have painful memories of hunger they suffered in wartime.
Meanwhile, US World War II is remembered as a victory for the Americans, who believe that the Red Army acted "more or less as a helper," the paper said.
The memories of the Russians concentrate on their own victims, says the article, so the true meaning of the holiday is not in the military parades, but something more personal.
"In Russia very few families were unaffected [by war]," explains the newspaper Pavel Elfimov, a Russian whose grandparents participated in the Great Patriotic War, as it is called in Russia the period of World War II since the invasion Nazi of the USSR to the fall of Berlin.