Spitak. Five minutes of silence 18/12/2018 automatic translate
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December 10, 2018 at the Cultural Center at the Embassy of Armenia with the support of the Moscow Encyclopedia Foundation, a personal exhibition was launched by a member of the Creative Union of Artists of Russia (Tetra-Art section), co-founder of the # REVERbet project, Evgeny Zhilyaev (Spitak. Five minutes of silence.
“Five minutes of silence” is the time at the end of each hour,
when all kinds of rescue work stop.
The time when everything stops to hear those
who is still alive...
30 years ago, on December 7, 1988, a terrible tragedy struck - an earthquake in Armenia. This earthquake was called the "Spitak earthquake" in honor of the city, which took over its main force and was demolished by a shock wave from the face of the Earth. The strength of the earthquake in the city of Spitak was 10 points.
Evgeny Zhilyaev, Evgeny Zhilyaev, arrived the next day after the tragedy in Spitak as the commander of the rescue team of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.
Thanks to Eugene’s passion for photography, we had a unique opportunity to see a chronicle of the events of those days.
Today we bow our heads in front of all those who have found the courage and strength to come to Armenia and make not just all the forces, but even more so for saving people!
Organized the exhibition helped "the whole world", as is customary among the Armenian people, who never ceases to sincerely thank those who gave them a helping hand at that difficult time.
Project # REVERberation expresses deep gratitude to the Moscow Encyclopedia Foundation, which organized this exhibition, and its President Trube Trube, the Armenian Embassy in Russia and the Cultural Center under the Armenian Embassy for the help and support in organizing the photo exhibition, the sponsors of the exhibition: FORA -BANK, the Association of Russian Banks and personally Mr. Sergey Alexandrovich Ambartsumyan.
As well as the participants of our project, who helped us in the preparatory process. Thank you very much, Galina Kuznetsova, Andrey Kulkov (Kulkov Andrey), Alex Skomorox (Alex Skomorox) and Alexander Zaitsev!!! Guys, we would not have done it without you!!
The exhibition can be visited from 10 to 21 December in the Cultural Center at the Armenian Embassy at the address: Armenian Lane, 2
The exhibition “Spitak. Five minutes of silence ”will be mobile and everyone will be able to see it.
Memories that tear the soul, you can not keep on hand. They are locked in the memory box for a long time, but the time comes and...
On December 7, 1988, students of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology Yevgeny Zhilyaev and Dmitry Nikolsky, hearing about the terrible earthquake in Armenia, decided to immediately leave for the disaster site to carry out rescue work.
And they went. First to the Armenian Embassy, then to the Russian-Armenian Friendship Society. Almost all the necessary papers were drawn up at the institute almost during the day, a cry was cast, out of 400 student volunteers, 42 were selected. The next day, a squad of rescuers - mostly sportsmen-climbers, "water workers" and cavers went to Spitak.
“Our main task was to search in the rubble of the living... Well, and the dead, of course...” recalls Eugene. - When the objects were distributed between different units, we got the mills and sugar factories, a garment factory, a school and a kindergarten. And so many broke down at the kindergarten - they simply could not work there... What did they do instead? Sent to other objects.
Spitak was at the epicenter of the earthquake. The walls of almost all buildings during the earthquake evolved, like in a house of cards, burying under them those who walked from one plant to another, those who gathered in the school canteen or at small kindergarten tables (the time was nearing dinner). According to Yevgeny, it was possible to find survivors in residential buildings thanks to... refrigerators or a piano that withstand the weight of a collapsed wall. In the classrooms and rooms of the kindergarten, nothing prevented the walls - there was no place for the children to hide...
In the first days they worked literally with shovels - manually, then the equipment, including military, came to the rescue. “And after each hour of work, we stopped for“ five minutes of silence ”in order to hear calls for help from the rubble...” And heard, and with new forces were taken for crowbars and concrete blocks to get, catch, get. Five saved lives on the account of the detachment of Eugene, but the bodies of the dead - do not count. The coffins for the bodies were brought by dump trucks, and they were probably the cleanest place on the work sites, where they often had to spend the night when there was no strength to walk to the campground. We spent the night in coffins...
Needless to say that after December 31 the rescue guys returned to Moscow by others. “Childhood is over,” says Eugene. According to him, many of his comrades in the detachment completely destroyed all the negatives and photos of that period - it is impossible to reopen wounds that never healed. Eugene did not destroy - perhaps because his further fate - military - was associated with special operations and the rescue of people, and maybe because he became a professional photographer and understands the value of each look through the lens. Be that as it may, his then cadres were in many respects unique, for journalists were practically not allowed into the epicenter of the disaster and there were not too many photo documents of that time.
Today’s exhibition is not just timed to the 30th anniversary of the terrible misfortune in Spitak and other cities of Armenia. It is designed to remind us of courage and heroism, of faith and devotion. About those people who were buried under the ruins of their apartments and houses, factory buildings and kindergartens.... About those children who never became adults... About faith and devotion of those who, regardless of pain and fear, came every day to the rescuers in the hope of finding loved ones and refused to leave their homes. About the courage of very young guys who just could not help but come to the rescue... About support and mercy...
And today we have our own “five minutes of silence” to hear voices from the past, to remember and thank, to live on and enjoy the new day, to remember more clearly what human life is, how fragile and defenseless the elements are, naturally or man-made and how it should be protected. For all of us.