20 songs that bring tears to the eyes of millions of Russians


Translation from French by Tom Winter May 10

The Second World War left a deep scar in our collective memory, an imprint that nobody will ever forget. Beyond carnage that would freeze the blood, and the paroxysms of human cruelty, this war has also aroused in all hearts the greatest human qualities, like valor, fraternal love, solidarity, and above all the hope. Hope one day to make the world fairer, more beautiful, happier.
 …Singing peace … mourning the dead … invoking the faces of the lost, for freedom.

Strange that this set puts “Wait for me” [Жди меня] in the lead paragraph but then omits it. Try the link in the brackets — Tr. I have omitted translating the French versions of the Russian lyrics.

1. Katyusha (fond diminutive form of Katherine)
Veritable symbol of loyalty and love, the song Katyusha is always on everyone’s lips. It has become the unofficial anthem of the Victory Day in Russia.

[This is not the version in the article, I couldn’t load it. It showed thousands in the Metro singing it together. But here is a screen capture from it:


2. The Cranes are Flying

Very nice tribute to our fallen.

3. On behalf of the heroes of the past 
Maternal love … A song to stir any heart. 

4. The Little Blue Scarf

5. In the Trenches

6. The May Waltz

7. Anthem for the Normandie-Niemen Squadron

8. The Tenth Battalion

This version has the lyrics in both Russian and English.

9. The Slavianka’s Adieu

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[A favorite of your translator]

10. Alyosha

11. The Brunette of Moldova

12. Arise, Great Country [Гумн защиты отечества, Anthem of the Defense of the Fatherland. Very stirring.]

13. Above all else, the airplanes

14. On a nameless hill

15. Now on the road!

16. Farewell, young men

17. Dark night; bullets whistle over the steppes

18. Ah, the route to the front

19. Accidental Waltz

20. Victory Day [День победы]

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