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9 May, 2010 17:30

We should be united today in the face of new threats - expert

“It was unthinkable in the times of the Cold War,” says Viktor Mizin from Moscow State University of International Relations, about the Parade in Red Square with the participation of troops of the countries’ allies.

“And I think it was very symbolic showing that not only were we allies in the war, but that we should be united today when we are challenged with such threats as international terrorism”, he adds.

Mizin stresses that there is still a lack of trust in international relations, though the dynamics is positive.

“The remnants of Cold War, unfortunately, are still with us, but I think there is cautious optimism that we now see that Russia and the US signed a very important treaty. It’s just a small step forward but something has changed for the better,” says Mr Mizin.

Andrew Hardisty from Democrats Abroad talks about the difference between the situation in the US after WWII and situations in other countries that participated in the war.

He stressed that the US was in a deep period of distress during the Great Depression.

But Hardisty also added: “We fought the war, we mobilized. Obviously we contributed greatly to the overall victory. And at the end of the war, we were kind of unique and we had not suffered the devastation that the Soviet Union had suffered, France had suffered and Britain. We were relatively untouched – there were practically no actions on our soil. We were strong, we were war-passed and we were expanding.”

Dr Peter Yan, former director of the Capitulation Museum, was four years old when the war ended. He remembers that in Germany “it was the time of fear, hunger”, when the war came back to the country.

Concerning the role of the Capitulation Museum he says: “I think that our task at the Karlshof Museum is to put together the memory of war from the German side and memory of war from the Russian side.”