Hitler's globe, seized from the rubble of
in Berlin, is emblazoned with a huge
Russia are inscribed in German the
chilling words, "I am coming."
North America are the words, "I will be
booty of war and emblem of unbridled
ambition, the Nazi dictator's desktop
globe is the centerpiece of a new and
privately organized exhibit, "World War II
Through Russian Eyes," opening today for a
month-long run in the atrium of the new
Ronald Reagan Building and International
exhibit draws its uniforms, weapons, film,
photographs, posters, paintings and other
artifacts and documents from the archives
of Russia's military.
of the items have never been seen in the
West, and many -- including Hitler's globe
-- are said to have never been displayed
Hitler's bunker: the Nazi dictator's
and flag, uniform jacket, walking stick
and war maps.
50-seat theater, films shot by the Soviet
signal corps show the devastating 900-day
siege of Leningrad, the battle for Berlin
and the celebration of the end of the war
in Red Square.
invasion is estimated to have cost 26
million Soviet lives,
both military and civilian. Many Russians
believe the nation's wartime torment has
never been fully appreciated in the
WE SURE hope that
Mr Reagan's office did not fork out
too much for that "globe from Hitler's
bunker." Hitler's staff confirm to
us there never was such an artefact.
Chaplin had one, famously, in The
Great Dictator. Dr Goebbels had
one -- but not Hitler. As for the "26
million lives" the Russians are now
claiming: Soviet leader Joseph
Stalin was himself more modest,
claiming less than 5 million losses in
July 1945 (click).
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