Europe commemorates Kazakh soldiers who died in World War Two
The memory of the fallen Kazakh soldiers of the World War Two was commemorated in Norway. At the beginning of the year, the efforts of the Kazakh Embassy in Norway managed to identify the names of 44 soldiers buried in the Kingdom of Norway. Five of the soldiers were buried in a military cemetery in the Jorstadmoen village. The ceremony of laying wreaths at the monument to the Soviet soldier was attended by local authorities, Kazakh diplomats, athletes and other famous figures.
“This trip to Lillehammer is of a double significance for me. First of all, this is the city where I won the gold medal in the 1994 Winter Olympics. And today we honored the memory of those people who fell in the World War Two. Nearly 1,000 Soviet soldiers are buried here. As we know by now, five of them are Kazakh soldiers. We laid wreaths and honored the memory of the soldiers who died here,” Olympic champion Vladimir Smirnov said.
The names of 37 Kazakh soldiers were immortalized in the Czech Republic. They died during the liberation of the city of Orechov in South Moravian region and nearby settlements during the Bratislava-Brno Offensive conducted by the Red Army. The solemn event on this occasion was held with the support of the Kazakh Embassy in the Czech Republic. Memorial plaques were erected at the site of the mass military burial. 1,250 names were placed on ten plaques. All of these soldiers were previously considered unknown.