Smirnov Sergey Sergeevich (13 / 26.09.1915-22.03.1976), the writer. The main business of Smirnov’s life was the perpetuation of the memory of the heroes of the Great Patriotic War. The writer first made the heroic epic of the defense of the Brest Fortress in the summer of 1941, when the besieged garrison for more than a month resisted the fascists remaining in the deep rear of the Nazi troops. The feat of the fortress, the fate of the defenders remained for a long time in obscurity. Smirnov did a great job of collecting materials about them, which received a nationwide response. Conducted by Smirnov for several years, broadcasts on radio and television gave birth to a massive patriotic movement to search for unknown heroes. Smirnov received more than a million letters.
The main purpose of Smirnov’s quest is to comprehend the spiritual and moral experience of the Great Patriotic War, the true facts, documentary episodes discovered by the author, sometimes surpass any fiction and legend. “… The feat of the defenders of the Brest Fortress as if with a new light lit up everything I saw, revealed to me the strength and breadth of the soul of our man, made me experience the happiness and pride of the consciousness of belonging to a great, noble and selfless people capable of creating the impossible, wrote the author. Smirnov managed, as far as the conditions of that time allowed, to tell about the drama of Soviet prisoners of war. He did a lot to restore the good name of many specific people who had been in the Nazi captivity and then subjected to humiliating interrogations and repressions in their homeland, languishing in the Beria camps.
The Brest Fortress, in which the spiritual height of the Russian man was opened, his ability to endure terrible torments and die “for his friends”, in which, on the very first day of the war, a willingness to self-sacrifice for the sake of the Motherland was manifested and an unprecedented force of resistance to the enemies of the Fatherland grew into a symbol all of Russia.