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World Famous Song Katyusha Monument

World Famous Song Katyusha Monument

Installed in 2013 World Famous Song Katyusha Monument. 2013. Sculptor Ivan Kulakov

World Famous Song Katyusha Monument
Actually, the monument embodies women of the Soviet Union longing for their absent beloved, who has gone away on military service during the war. Pretty Russian girl from popular wartime song “Katyusha” appeared in Vladivostok thanks to a local historian Nelly Miz. She shared the idea on the Web and the local intelligentsia strongly supported her. St. Petersburg based artist Konstantin Novikov created a sketch, and Kemerovo based sculptor Ivan Kulakov made the monument.
In fact, the prototype of this monument, as well as the girl from the song was Katya Alexeeva (nee Filippova), a border guard’s wife. Matvey Blanter and Mikhail Isakovsky have created a great song after meeting with her. By the way, Katyusha is the Russian equivalent of Kate, or Catherine.

Soviet Union women longing for their absent beloved

Soviet Union women longing for their absent beloved, gone away on military service during the war, embodied in the Katyusha monument

For the lyrics to the song Isakovsky received the Stalin Prize. Besides, he acted as a true patriot of his tiny homeland. Thus, he donated the funds for the construction of the club in the village of Vskhody. And, of course, the opening ceremony accompanied song “Katyusha”. In addition, in memory of the song Katyusha was created Museum, the only museum of a song, although later it was renamed the Memorial Museum of Mikhail Isakovsky.

For the words to the song Isakovsky received the Stalin Prize

The words to the song

One more embodiment of the song has become BM-13 Katyusha multiple rocket launcher. And soldiers remade the popular song:

Let Fritz remembers Russian “Katyusha”
Let him hear how she sings:
From enemies she’ll shake off the soul,
And to her dearest she’ll give courage!

Surprisingly, melody of “Katyusha” was used in the march of the 250th Division of the Wehrmacht (“Blue Division” of Spanish volunteers) – Primavera. And to this day, sentimental fans sing it during the Russian national team football match.

Katyusha stepped out

Apple and pear blossom,
And over the river is mist.
Katyusha stepped out,
Onto the high steep bank.

She was walking, singing a song
About rock-steppe eagle
Of the one she loved,
Of the one whose letters treasured.

Oh thou, song of a maiden,
Following the bright sun, fly
To the soldier on faraway border
From Katyusha bring a greeting.

Let him remember an ordinary girl,
Let him hear how she sings,
Let him protect native land,
And Katyusha will keep love.

Apple and pear blossom,
And over the river is mist.
Katyusha stepped out,
Onto the high steep bank.

World Famous Song Katyusha Monument

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