Exhibition "Homecoming" automatic translate
с 8 Мая
по 23 Июня
Пермская государственная художественная галерея
Комсомольский проспект, 4
The exhibition “Homecoming” opens in the Perm Gallery as part of the “Memory Bridge” project. This is a story about Soviet prisoners of war from the Molotov region who died during the Great Patriotic War in the camps of Lower Saxony, the fate of their families and descendants who keep the memory of their grandfathers and great-grandfathers. The basis of the exhibition - the memories of survivors, copies of archival documents, photographs from family albums and memorial museums. The main idea of the exhibition: the war destroys everything, and it should never happen again.
The exhibition “Returning Home” is the first event of the “Bridge of Memory” project aimed at searching for materials about the fate of Soviet prisoners of war and forced workers who turned out to be in the territory of Lower Saxony during World War II.
After the end of the war, more than seven decades have passed, but there are still families who know nothing about the fate of their relatives - many who went to the front have been missing for a long time. For many years in the Soviet Union, the topic of prisoners of war and forced workers belonged to state secrets. The turning point in relation to this topic occurred during the period of perestroika and the first post-perestroika years. Researchers have access to a number of archival documents, including foreign ones.
The purpose of the initiators of the “Memory Bridge” project is to return the names of Soviet prisoners of war and hijacked to forced labor, whose personal fate has not yet been documented, and thus give descendants the opportunity to honor their memory.
The search for the “Memory Bridge” project is part of a joint Russian-German project on searching and digitizing archive materials “Soviet and German prisoners of war and internees”, announced on June 22, 2016 by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. “We want to localize, systematize and make available the available archival materials in order to bring to a logical conclusion the search for information about the fate of the maximum number of people in both countries,” the ministerial statement says. The foreign ministers of the Russian Federation and the Federal Republic of Germany also called on employees of the Russian and German specialized departments, archive workers, scientists and experts to work closely together in the implementation of the project.
During two years of exploration work on the “Memory Bridge” project, official and family archival documents were found for almost 1,500 people. On the basis of these documents, the site mostpamyati.ru was created and the exhibition “Return home” was prepared.
The exhibition “Homecoming” tells about Soviet prisoners of war from the Molotov region who died in the camps of Lower Saxony, the fate of their families and their descendants. The exhibition presents survivors ’memories, copies of archival documents, photographs from family albums and memorial museums. The exhibition links the tragic lives of soldiers with the stories of their families and the places where they lived before the war. The exhibition shows that, despite the past years, relatives remember their ancestors. Now grandchildren and great-grandchildren keep photos of those they have never seen, they already remember family stories about those who did not return home. For the first time, we can see the faces of these people who lived in one of the most tragic eras of modern history.
The exhibition emphasizes the main idea of the “Bridge of Memory” project: war destroys everything, and it should never be repeated
“Memory Bridge” is a joint project of the Goethe-Institut in Moscow, the public organization “Immortal Regiment. Perm ”, which helps descendants to learn about the fate of relatives participating in the war, and the historian Karl-Heinz Tsissov (Lower Saxony), in the past - deputy head of the Open-Air Museum in Kloppenburg, the initiator of similar studies in his region.
The exhibition “Homecoming” in the Perm Gallery will be open to the public from May 8 to June 23, 2019. Further, it will be shown in several cities of the Perm region.
The project is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany.