To those who saved the world

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The strongest memorial to the liquidators of the Chernobyl disaster

Today there are a lot of monuments to the Chernobyl disaster in the countries of the former Soviet Union and not only. Still, there is one that deserves great respect. If you know the history of its creation and the meaning that is immortalized in it, then it can be perceived not just as a concrete monument, but as a memory of that terrible time ...

In the city of Chernobyl, near the operating fire station No. 11 on Kirov Street, there is an essentially unique monument. Ask what is unique about it? This is exactly what we will tell you about today in our article.

The memorial to the heroes of the firefighters, as many guides and tourists call it so often and erroneously. But if you delve into the essence of history, then not only firefighters are immortalized in this memorial. The monument itself is called “To those who saved the world”. The monument itself can be divided into two parts. On the right side, the first are immortalized ... Those same firemen who arrived first to eliminate the fires. There are four more on the left side of the monument. A man with a club in his hands is a dosimetrist. It was with dosimetrists that every day in the Zone began during the liquidation of the accident. These are the people who were scouts in that "quiet" war with an invisible enemy - radiation. The man who stands by the pipe and turns the tap on it. This is how the station personnel of the Chernobyl NPP were portrayed. If you dig deeper into history, you will understand how difficult the situation was that night on the territory of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. If on the night of April 26, firefighters were extinguishing the roofs of the station, being in high levels of radiation and literally working in hellish conditions, then the personnel of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant had their own hell. Searching for colleagues among the rubble, shutting down the main units, draining oil from turbines, displacing explosive hydrogen, extinguishing fires inside the station itself. All this was done by the staff. At the same time, it should be noted that the radiation levels inside the Chernobyl nuclear power plant itself were in places no less than on the roofs where firefighters worked. To all this must be added the extreme conditions in which the staff worked. Almost everywhere there was no communication, lack of main lighting, constant short circuits in the power grid, broken equipment, the eerie roar of alarm sirens and, in the end, boiling water that poured from the broken pipelines. In such conditions, the plant personnel had to eliminate the accident. At the same time, not a single person from those shifts left his workplace, did not get cold feet. Almost everyone received huge doses of radiation that night. They were so huge that physically there was no strength to stand on their feet. Just the third character, who fell on his knee and is holding his head, symbolizes the victims of strong radiation. And the far left with a case in hand, who is immortalized in concrete, but far from the last one who took part in the liquidation of the accident, are doctors. It was on the shoulders of physicians that the difficult task fell - to save the lives of those who gave them for the good of all mankind. At the same time, many doctors sacrificed their health to save those who were already impossible to help. One of the thousands of good examples is Professor Leonid Kindzelsky, about whom we wrote earlier in our blog.
The uniqueness of this memorial lies in the fact that the monument is not listed in any register of monuments of Ukraine, which means that it was erected here as if illegally. The memorial "To those who saved the world" was opened for the tenth anniversary of the Chernobyl accident. The height of the composition is about eight meters. The monument is very modest, made according to sketches and at the expense of the liquidators themselves. If you look closely at the faces of the sculptures and the figures in general, you can see that the proportions are not always observed. This suggests that the creation of the monument was not done by professionals. And this statement is true. The creation of the memorial was carried out by the fighters of the fire station number 11, near which it is located. At the same time, real parts were used, such as: a crane that is twisted by a Chernobyl worker, fire hoses and firefighters' helmets.

In our humble opinion, this monument to the memory of the Chernobyl disaster is unique and the most powerful in the spiritual sense of all existing in the world.

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