An exhibition ‘Remembering the victims of political repression’ opens in Perm

posted 22 Oct 2015, 11:05 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 22 Oct 2015, 11:09 ]
21 October 2015 

Source: HRO.org (info)
On 26th October 2015 a special exhibition will open in Perm, to accompany other events connected with the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repression. Three travelling exhibitions will be shown together - ‘Letters from Fathers’, ‘The Perm region – Repression – the 1930s to the 1950s’ and ‘For Our and Your Freedom’ - all have been put together in recent years by activists of the Perm Memorial Society and the Perm-36 Memorial Centre.

‘Letters from Fathers’ was exhibited last year in the Museum of Soviet Naïve Art and was very well received. As Aleksandra Nigmatulina of the Museum’s press office explains, it includes letters from those arrested or sentenced, on political grounds, in the 1930s and 1940s, letters written from various camps in the Gulag. These are letters, written by people of different professional backgrounds – journalists, doctors, teachers, academics. Even writing from the camps, they continue to educate their children. Letter by letter they engage in serious discussions with their sons and daughters, trying to stretch their minds, to interest them in their hobbies, to pass on their own knowledge and views of the world – the only ‘legacy’ available to them. The stands in the exhibition are not limited to the letters but have drawings, stories and fairy tales, through which the prisoners tried to keep in touch with their children, to educate them, and to show they loved and cared about them.

The present exhibition includes a Perm theme: the histories of three Perm people arrested on political grounds. This has documents from family archives, and some materials from the Perm State Archive of Contemporary History.

‘For Our and Your Freedom’ tells the story of the dissidents and human rights activists who lived and fought for human rights in the Soviet period, while ‘The Perm region – Repression – the 1930s to the 1950s’ is dedicated to local history, showing us the life and labour of prisoners, the first and last ‘political’ camps in the Perm region – Vishlag and Perm-36.

The exhibition at Perm, Pushkina 15, will be open daily from 26 October to 8 November 2015, from 15.00 – 19.00 p.m. Entrance is free.

The organizers are proposing to the city’s educational institutions that they should hold open sessions on ‘memory’ at the exhibition for schoolchildren and students. Perm residents and visitors are invited to join guided excursions. The telephone number for advance applications for excursions is (342) 281-95-59.

The exhibition is one of the events to be put on in connection with the Day of Remembrance of Victims of Political Repression on 30th October. Its organizers are the Museum of Soviet Naïve Art, the Perm regional branch of the Memorial Society, and the non-profit Perm-36.

Translated by Mary McAuley
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