You know in these tumultuous times, we often forget that the victims aren't the people dying for no good reason, but the already dead people/monsters, whose museums could possibly get ruined by the bombing. New York Times reports today that the director of the Stalin museum, in Gori, Georgia, says he saved items from the museum by fleeing to Tbilisi during the Russian bombing of his country last month. Said museum director Robert Maglakelidze:
“Thank God, they didn’t bomb the museum, but there was no guarantee...We said, 'Let’s preserve these things for future generations.’ These personal things can’t be replaced.”
Maglakelidze said he loaded his car with some 50 items — including Stalin’s military greatcoat, pen, glasses, sword and pipe — for the trip from Gori, Stalin’s birthplace. In addition to portraits of Stalin, the museum, which opened in 1959, includes the house in which he was born, in 1879, on its grounds. The museum was not significantly damaged in the bombings and is expected to reopen on Monday.
Phew! That was a close call.