The Museum of Victims of Deportations and Political Repression of MNIM, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania, opened on April 28, 2022, at 14:00, the photo-documentary exhibition "Childhood in the Gulag
" with the Round Table at the Museum of History and Ethnography in Soroca (Independenței Street, no. 68, Soroca), with on-site and online participation.
The director of the Museum of History and Ethnography from Soroca Nicolae Bulat addressed the visitors of the exhibition with a welcoming speech, emphasizing the relevance of the topic brought to the attention of the general public of the Republic of Moldova in the context of international events. Dr. Ludmila Cojocaru, head of the Museum of Victims of Deportations and Political Repressions, a branch of the NMHM, presented to the audience the concept and main compartments of the exhibition. The head of the Department of Contemporary History of the Institute of History Dr. Virgiliu Bîrlădeanu stressed the importance of the support from European partners in expanding the horizons of historical research in the Republic of Moldova.
The exhibition was accompanied by the round table with the participation of history teachers from Soroca district, students of the Alecu Russo State University Bălți and the State University of Moldova, as well as representatives of regional museums. Of particular interest were subjects related to the circumstances of forced schooling and labor training of children from families of "enemies of the people". The researchers discussed the transgenerational impact of the trauma caused by the totalitarian-communist regime and the need to study it, and museographers reiterated the importance of museographic development of the memory of deportations and political repressions in the Moldavian SSR and joining efforts to preserve this historical heritage.
The exhibition brings together about 180 photo-documentary exhibits accompanied by memoirs and archival documents from the collections of the National Museum of History of Moldova, the Edineț Regional Museum, the Museum of the History and Ethnography of Soroca, the Archive of the ProMemoria Institute, archives of local communities of the Republic of Moldova, and, especially, from the family archives of victims of the totalitarian-communist regime in the Moldavian SSR.
The opening of the photo-documentary exhibition "Childhood in the Gulag" at the Museum of History and Ethnography in Soroca is a tribute to the memory of children who went through the atrocities of the totalitarian communist regime in the USSR, as well as to the memory of the child victims of the war in Ukraine.
The photo-documentary exhibition "Childhood in the Gulag" is open to the public from April 28 to May 26, 2022.
The photo-documentary exhibition "Childhood in the Gulag" was realized within the project „Strengthening the European culture of memory by disseminating historical knowledge and promoting democratic values: exchange and implementation of the best practices between Lithuania and the Republic of Moldova" (code VB52-1), with the support of The Development Cooperation and Democracy Promotion Program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania.