Polish Siberian March of Living Memory
The history of the International March of Remembrance of Deportees of Siberia dates back to 2000, when it first passed through the streets of Białystok. Over 6,000 people took part in the first march. They were mainly Polish deportees to Siberia, schoolchildren, scouts and veterans. Currently, the number of participants exceeds 20,000 - guests from Poland, but also from Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Belarus, England, Canada, and even Australia and New Zealand. So far, we have been honored by the presence of the President of the Republic of Poland, the Prime Minister, Marshalls of the Sejm and the Senate, representatives of the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland, local authorities of Białystok and of the Province.
The Sybir Memorial Museum, from the beginning of its activity, as a co-organizer, intensively supports the preparation of the International March of Remembrance of Deportees to Siberia. The March has already become a tradition and it is one of the September cultural events of Białystok. In this way, we pay homage to Deportees to Siberia, both those who survived tragic years of exile and those who remained forever on the "inhuman land." Together with the Deportees to Siberia - "witnesses of history", we pass this memory down to the young generation. The memory of the exile, tragic experiences, but also about the heroism, bravery and patriotism of the deportees.
Each march commemorates the tragic fate of exiles in Siberia. Each has its own message. The following slogans have accompanied the March ceremonies so far:
Homage to Mothers, Siberian Deportees;
Gen. Władysław Anders – a soldier, a politician, a patriot, a prisoner of NKVD;
Children – Exiles in Siberia;
Siberian Deportee – A Wanderer – A Soldier;
We are coming back to you, Poland;
Siberian Deportees – winners of the battle of Monte Cassino;
End of the war 1945-1989 New Slavery;
Polish teachers – Exiles in Siberia.
The International Polish Siberian March of Living Memory became a tradition in the calendar of September cultural events in Białystok. The participants pay homage to the exiles in Siberia, both those who survived tragic years in exile and those who stayed in this inhuman land forever.