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A Russian View of World War II

November 22, 1998|ASSOCIATED PRESS

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Adolph Hitler's ever-present Nazi banner and standard, seized by Russian troops, are part of a traveling exhibition of artifacts that help tell the story of World War II on the Eastern Front.

The show, "World War II Through Russian Eyes," opened this month and continues through Jan. 31 at the Memphis Pyramid with about 700 items, most from the Central Armed Forces Museum in Moscow.

The exhibit includes personal belongings of Hitler and Soviet leader Josef Stalin, as well as weapons and uniforms used by Russian soldiers and partisans; maps; paintings of battle scenes; and wartime photographs.

The banner and standard, which stood by Hitler's desk, were seized by Russian soldiers from the Berlin bunker where the Nazi dictator committed suicide. They have been held in storage by the Russians ever since. An estimated 27 million Russian civilians and soldiers died in the war.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for children 5 to 16. Call (800) 2MEMPHIS.

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