Georgian Memorials

GEORGIAN WW II MEMORIAL

                                                                            


  GLORY MONUMENT




Above is the beautiful and unique Glory Memorial in Kutaisi, Georgia. This memorial was designed by the famous Georgian sculptor, Merab Berdzenishvili, and was dedicated to the Georgians who fought and died in the Red Army fighting the Nazi invaders.  It has been considered a magnificent example of Georgian artistry.  This monument was considered by many as one of the most magnificent monuments commemorating the sacrifices endured by the USSR in WW II.  Over 300,000 Georgians died in the Red Army during WW II.  All that is left of it is just a pile of rubble. 

                                                                                     

DESTRUCTION OF THE GLORY MONUMENT


         

This graceful monument was blown up on December 21, 2009 at the specific orders of Mikheil Saakasvili, President of Georgia. A young mother and her 8-year old daughter were killed as pieces of concrete rained down on their home's courtyard because Saakashvili was in such a hurry to blow it up.  Georgians are speculating that Saakashvili gave the order for this desegration in an apparent moment of madness to spite the Russians and ingratiate himself with his American sponsors.


  WHO ORDERED THE DESTRUCTION ? 

  


  Mikheil Saakasvili, President of Georgia, and a close friend of George W. Bush



                                                                              THE STALIN COIN


                            
        
This 500 Lari gold coin was issued in 1995 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of WW II.  It was produced by the French Mint, and designed by Mr. Nodar Malazonia.  The coin is of 17 grams of 22 karat gold.   The reverse side features the base relief of Stalin, Roosevelt, Churchill, and De Gaulle. No. 672 is printed on the edge of the coin indicated 672nd coin of 2,000 minted.  This is the only Georgian coin with the face of Stalin on it. 

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