“Russian Soldier Saved the World” – WWII memorial song by Artyom Grishanov

Now that Victory Day – the 9th of May – is drawing close, we constantly see the ever-increasing attempts to re-write the history of WWII and to erase the Russian-Soviet victory which cost us 21 million people’s lives.

So does grow the importance of remembrance and of not allowing to have this memory to become sullied. Song has always been one of the strongest conduits of people’s emotions and memory, and the song below is a very emotional tribute and reminder.

Artjom Grishanov has the talent for condensing the essence of a topic into a few well-selected strong words, backed by equally concise and poignant imagery. Russian soldier saved the world shows in no uncertain terms what the West wants to have remaining of the memory, and what we really should be remembering. Please, take a moment to listen to it (with English subtitles) and to remember.

Transcript of the documentary and the song

UPDATE from November of 2023. The transcript below was done for our new Telegram channel “Beorn and The Shieldmaiden”, and published there in two parts: part 1, part 2.

Russian news anchor:
“Polish authorities intend to demolish more than 500 Soviet monuments. We are talking about the monuments erected in gratitude to the USSR for liberating this country from fascism.”

Some liberal speaking in Russian:
“These are all the pillars of the empire. Since the empire has been in the dumpster of history for 25 years, all these pillars must be sent there as well”

Ukrainian nationalists intimidating a WWII veteran (spoken in both Ukrainian and Russian):
“For your own safety, I recommend you to sit at home, calmly, quietly and to not provoke people.”
“Today you are punished.”

Intimidation of veterans on the 9th of May in Ukraine.
“- Get away those red rags”
“- How can you insult the memory of the veterans?”

On a talk show, a liberal, then confronted by the hostess of the show:
“- Yes, a person worries about the most precious and hides it. This is normal, in principle.”
“- Do not mix up a veteran with Pinocchio. He does not hide the most precious thing, he hides what is sacred.”

Some liberal:
“I understand why you hold on to the past so hard. It’s because everything is bad for you in the present, while you probably have no future at all”

President Putin:
“All attempts to distort, rewrite history are unacceptable and immoral. Oft-times, a desire to hide one’s own dishonour is behind such attempts.”

“The soldiers of the UPA are remembered as an example of heroism in relation to Ukraine.”

“We all remember the Soviet invasion of both Ukraine and Germany.

François Hollande, the president of France:
“They were our liberators. France will never forget what it owes to those soldiers, what it owes to the United States.”

Some Polish radio host:
“Why did we all get so used to the fact that Moscow is the place where the end of war is celebrated, and not, for example, London or Berlin, which would have been more natural?”

President Putin:
“It only occasionally seems to us that they are speaking some kind of delirium nonsense. Pure nonsense. That it will slip past and no one will notice. No, you see, this is being implanted into the minds of millions of people.”

US citizens asked on the street:
“Who had the largest role, the most casualties in the fight against the Nazis during the Second World War?”
“- I am not totally [sure?]. Is it not the US?
“- France?”
“- Can you think of another country?”
“- America.”
“- Japan lost. Russia lost.”
“- Seriously? Which country took Berlin? Which army?”
“- The United States?”
“- I say the United States of America.”
“- The United States, Great Britain, France.
“- How about the Soviet Union?”
“- Yeah.”
“- It was the former Soviet Union?”
“- Oh, actually, it was Russia or the Soviet Union that had the most casualties. What’s you reaction to this? Are you surprised?”
“- Just, please, don’t put this on TV.”

The lyrics of the song:

Such a short memory –
It didn’t last even for 100 years.
Such a great impudence –
To cast a shadow over the memory of the victories.

The traitor chokes, spitting fire,
Looking askance at out Parade.
Oh, how he doesn’t like the truth that
Russian soldier saved the world.

Levitan’s radio announcement, chronicles:
“Today, on the 22nd of June, at four o’clock in the morning, without a declaration of war, the German troops attacked our country.”

The earth was torn to shreds
And the people were awakened by the war.
The horde invaded in the early morning,
Burning houses behind them.

The blow was devastating,
But the victory escaped their grip.
The enemy encountered the unheard of force –
The Russian spirit.

“Today, not only Moscow is behind us, not only our vast Motherland. Today, the whole world is looking at us, holding its breath.”

It’s not enough to just kill it.
Just try to fell it to the ground.
It will gnaw with its teeth,
Even in an unequal battle.

The force was becoming stronger, day by day,
Just not a step back.
And the news broke out like thunder:
Russian soldier saved the world.
Russian soldier saved the world.
Russian soldier saved the world.

Meanwhile those who surrendered their cities
In the first days of the war,
Do not wish and will never comprehend
The joy of the Russian soul.

In the happy and torn-asunder May,
The Nazis’ hell was stopped.
Remember, never forget:
Russian soldier saved the world.
Russian soldier saved the world.

Then and now.

“The gravest mistake is to dismiss the Russians, to consider the Russian people weak.”
“God forbid you mistreat or rob the Russians. They will return, demolishing any obstacle in their path.”
“Russians love peace, Russians build peace, Russians defend peace. Russians do not want war, but they can fight better, than anyone.”

The motto of the 9th of May: I Remember. I Am Proud. In the colours of the St. George Ribbon.

7 thoughts on ““Russian Soldier Saved the World” – WWII memorial song by Artyom Grishanov

  1. Пражская наступательная операция (из Исторических ЦАМО)
    06.05.1945 – 11.05.1945 г.

    Результат операции
    Войска 1-го Украинского фронта освободили столицу Чехословакии – город Прагу и во взаимодействии с войсками 4-го и 2-го Украинских фронтов освободили от немецко-фашистских захватчиков территорию всей страны; разгромили и пленили группу армий “Центр”

    О чем еще тут можно говорить? О каких русских вторгшихся? (это к тому, что на видео представители украины говорят)

  2. “Представители Украины” – наследники побеждённых в той войне, вот они и несут всякую ересь. А песня в видео ставит всё на свои места!

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  4. Defeating the German occupiers resulted in Poland’s dependence on Soviet Union for nearly 45 years, with falsification of elections, Soviet Army presence, the Brezhnev doctrine, deportation of the population (570,000 dead and missing from 1939 to 1955), etc. It is difficult here for gratitude, because it has nothing to do with liberation, come here German invader was more virulent.

  5. Hi,

    Read your article. It is well written, but I have a few comments:

    1) “Now that the Victory Day” should be replaced by “Now that Victory Day”.
    2) In the sentence “Artjom Grishanov has the talent for condensing the essence of a topic that he sings about into a few well-selected strong words …”, I would remove “that he sings about”.

    Best regards
    S. F.

  6. I’ll approve the English version of you comment (as this site is in English, and not in Polish).
    It’s a good demonstration of how the post-War history is getting twisted. You forgot to mention here how many million Poles were killed by the Germans, how many million soviet soldiers died liberating Poland (should also mention here that Krakow as you see it today was saved by the Soviet soldiers in a street-by street liberation – see Dresden for how the Western allies worked). You should also mention the quick rebuilding of the war-torn Polish economy and industry (at the expense of Russia). And compare how quickly that economy again got demolished after USSR collapsed and Poland was sucked into EU. I can’t say anything about your postulated 570000 Poles. Could you, please, refer to reputable archive data for that?
    Also, do a thought experiment: what would the outcome be if Soviet troops drove the Germans out until the USSR’s borders and left it at that? By that time, Germany still had enough fight in it and could potential keep control over all of the Polish territory. By now, there would not have been any Poland or Poles at all.

  7. Hi there! Good to hear from you and thank you for the feed-back. 🙂

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