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“We Look at the World and in the Future with Clear Eyes ...”

27.08.2019

On August 25-27, 1949, the First All-Union Peace Conference was held in Moscow, at which the Soviet Peace Committee was elected.

The problem of war and peace has worried humanity throughout its history. Numerous wars, bringing grief and suffering, destroying destinies and killing millions of lives, have forced an increasing number of people on all the continents to condemn military action, fight against war profiteers and led to the formation of an ideology of resistance to violence. In many countries, local and national organizations began to emerge to fight for the preservation and consolidation of peace.

The USSR was no exception. After the Second World War, the peace movement in our country became truly popular. It could not be otherwise, because our people suffered the greatest losses in this war and knew the value of the peace.

Delegates from all over the Soviet Union gathered in Moscow for the First All-Union Peace Conference. Among the 1200 participants there were representatives of the working class and collective farmers, engineers and doctors, academics, scientists, writers, artists, priesthood, musicians, actors.

The conference was attended by guests from 14 foreign countries: Poland, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Albania, China, Korea, France, Italy, USA, England, Austria and Germany.

Mikhail Sholokhov, whose whole life and work was devoted to serving the people, imbued with humanity, could not stand aside when "life calls in the name of life." From the first days of the birth of the worldwide movement of peace supporters, he became his prominent figure.

The desire to save the peace Sholokhov called "the highest idea in the history of humanity."

Speaking at the All-Union Conference, Sholokhov made an impassioned speech against those who “for the sake of profit, for the sake of their own animal welfare” strove to waken a new war: “He, who works, who earns the right to a bright life by honest labor, - he says in a decisive voice: “We want peace!”

The peoples spoke about this at the Peace Congresses...

Let this serve as an unconditional warning to all those who are still thinking of creating their well-being on the blood of a working humanity, that will not work!”

Sholokhov believed in the spiritual, creative forces of the people and looked hopefully into the future:

“We look into the world and the future with clear eyes, we, like nobody else, believe in our future ...” 

Simple, sincere words of Sholokhov, coming from the heart, inspired confidence in the triumph of peace and goodness.

 

Alla Tsytsura