Today oral history is becoming increasingly popular. A great advantage of oral history is a direct contact with a person giving an account, thanks to whom the past becomes closer and more comprehensible. A skilfully directed talk opens an interviewee and makes him or her bring back memories often of significant research value. A direct contact with an interviewee makes interviews for an average recipient a source more accessible than archive documents.
A collection of memories is an overview of recollections of the group of deportees. Their accounts show the way they remember particular persons and events connected with their stay in Siberia.
To collect accounts is a significant part of the Museum’s mission which offers the possibility to recreate the history of people living on the former eastern lands of the Republic of Poland and traumatised by exile in Siberia.