Józef Jąkała’s violin - Muzeum Pamięci Sybiru

Józef Jąkała’s violin

Józef Jąkała, his wife Ludwika and their children were departed on February 10, 1940 from the village Gora into the Siberian taiga. Among the taken stuff were the violin, which he had been given from his father. The tradition of music was deeply rooted among the Jąkała family. Next generations of the family were learning how to play the instrument.

According to the family’s information, thanks to the violin, Jąkało left Siberia in the first transport. Józef’s daughter, Marysia begged her father to gave to the Soviets what was the most precious just to be able to get out of there as fast as possible. The chief of the poselok, moved by the girl’s courage, not only agreed to their departure, but also returned the instrument to its owner.

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