The night of February 10th, 1940. We remember - the 78th anniversary of the first mass deportation of Polish citizens into the depths of the USSR
On February 10th, another anniversary of the first mass deportation of Polish citizens from the eastern lands of the Second Polish Republic into the depths of the Soviet Union has passed. During that memorable night over 140,000 people were taken away, mainly families of foresters and military settlers. Sybir Memorial Museum has commemorated these events by organizing three-day celebrations in Bia┼éystok and Bia┼éowie┼╝a with the honorary patronage of the Siberian Association, the Regional Directorate of State Forests in Bia┼éystok and the Podlaski Education Supervision Body.
On February 8th, 2018 in in the Archdiocesan Exhibition and Conference Center, Bia┼éystok citizens, Siberians, foresters and representatives of local institutions paid tribute to the memory of the deportees. The celebration was honored by the performance of the Choir of Foresters of the Bia┼éowie┼╝a Forest. The historical context of these events with particular emphasis on the fate of deported children was outlined by Tadeusz Chwiedz, president of the Bia┼éystok Siberian Association. It was a specific introduction to the screening of the film ÔÇŁDzieci tu┼éaczeÔÇŁ (Children wandering) directed by J├│zef G─Öbski ÔÇô the documentary devoted to the fate of the youngest deportees.
The Thursday meeting was also an excellent opportunity to summarize the literary competition, resolved at the end of 2017 - "The history of one photograph". The celebration of the anniversary of deportation has become an ideal place to present the published competition works and award prizes for the awarded and distinguished participants.
The publication is also available in an electronic form in the Podlasie Digital Library as well as for download from our website below.
The prizes were funded by: the Sybir Memorial Museum, the Regional Directorate of State Forests in Bia┼éystok and the Podlaski Education Supervision Body.
The media patrons were: Polskie Radio Bia┼éystok (Polish Radio Bia┼éystok) and TVP Bia┼éystok
We wish to express our deep gratitude to all institutions, by which the anniversary of the 78th deportation could have been celebrated so solemnly and with dignity.