The school’s Museum of Courage
On Victory Day, the Museum of Courage at the monastery’s secondary school, dedicated to the events of the Great Patriotic War and the heroic deeds of our contemporaries, welcomed its first visitors. They were greeted by Nun Natalia (Lyashko), the school’s director, and Lyubov Kovrigina, the school’s student who wrote a research paper about the Stalingrad battle. Visitors included young families with small children who came to learn about the war history and remember those glorious and challenging times. The sisters of the monastery were also among the museum’s first visitors.
The school museum’s exhibits describe all the major stages of the Great Patriotic War: its beginning, the battle of Moscow, the Crimean Offensive, the Battle of Stalingrad, the Siege of Leningrad, the Battle of Kursk, and the Battle of Berlin. Obviously, the museum also offers insight into the life of the village of Diveyevo and Gorky Region during wartime as well as the war veterans among the villagers.
There are more than two hundred exhibits in the museum. Some of them are quite unique and cannot be found elsewhere in the state museums. For example, it displays the ampoule launcher’s incendiary bottles, the metallic balls filled with incendiary mixture.
The museum’s major display is the diorama named “Stalingrad. In-city Fighting. Nailery” about the Battle of Stalingrad. It is dedicated to the battle for the city’s railroad station, considered by military tactics among the major battlegrounds after the famous city heights of Mamaev Kurgan.