The Nazi invaders had stayed in the city for 1100 days, but they never felt they were masters there. The city was living, the city was fighting. The embittered Reich soldiers ruined the whole city center, only the outskirts survived. 5975 houses, i.e. 80 per cent of all the housing, were destroyed; the electric power station, the water supply and sewage system, the telephone exchange, the telegraph were also destroyed.
Buildings of educational establishments, cultural institutions, the Academy of sciences, the university, the clinical hospital, children's hospitals were all standing windowless, devastated and reeky. Industrial enterprises were almost totally destroyed. All the city design and planning documentation was lost.
On the 3rd of July, 1944 - the Liberation Day - Minsk lay in rubbles; burned building cases were looking like ghosts.
|The right-side part of the Red Army House is burning.
July 3, 1944
|Ruins of the main building of the BSSR Academy of Sciences.
|Overview of the destroyed city near Volodarsky and K.Marx Streets.|