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The Soviet War Memorial Trust was established as a charity in May 2018 to carry on the excellent work started by the Soviet Memorial Trust Fund – the body that raised funds for the construction of a memorial to the more than 27 million citizens and service men and women of all the countries of the Former Soviet Union who died in achieving the Allied Victory in WWII.

Following a successful fundraising campaign, the memorial was installed in the Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, adjacent to the Imperial War Museum.  It was unveiled on 9 May 1999 and the first wreath was laid by HRH The Duke of Kent, President of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. 

The bronze sculpture “Sorrowful” measures 3.5m high, 1.2m wide and 91cm deep. The semi-abstract figure holds aloft a bell which will forever remain silent in memory of those who died. The sculptor was Sergei Shcherbakov from Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad), where the statue was made.

The inscription on the stone reads:

     ВЕЧНАЯ ВАМ ПАМЯТЬ
     This memorial commemorates the 27 million Soviet citizens
     & service men & women who died for the Allied Victory in WWII 
     WE SHALL REMEMBER THEM

 

The Soviet War Memorial Trust is recognised as a charity by HMRC, its Charity Reference Number is EW91910.  Its charitable objects are:

For the public benefit, to commemorate the memory of the 27 million citizens and service men and women of all the countries of the Former Soviet Union who died in achieving the Allied Victory in WWII, in particular by:

     a.         Helping to preserve the memorial erected in the Geraldine Mary
     Harmsworth Park, Southwark, London; and
     b.         Organising and running appropriate commemorative
     and educational events.

Commemorative events are held three times per year:

     Holocaust Memorial Day - 27 January (however, please note that the 2019 event
     will take place on Friday 25 January)
     Victory Day – 9 May
     Remembrance Sunday
 
Victory Day in 2019 will be the 20th anniversary of the unveiling of the memorial, while the 2020 event will mark the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII.  It is hoped that sufficient funding will be available to allow these important anniversaries to be marked in an appropriate manner so all donations, however small, will be very gratefully received.

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