17.09 WE REMEMBER - 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF SOVIET AGGRESSION TO POLAND 1939-2019
September 1 and 17, 1939 are dates marking the beginning of the 20th century ordeal of Poles. Exactly 80 years ago, two criminal totalitarianisms, German and Soviet, began their expansion, ultimately aiming to seize the whole world. Poland has become the first victim of their criminal, military plans. In 1939, after twenty years of independent development, the Republic of Poland once again disappeared from the world map.
In order to commemorate these tragic events, the Sybir Memorial Museum undertook to implement a number of projects under the action "17.09 We Remember".
XIX INTERNATIONAL MARCH IN MEMORY OF SIBERIAN EXILES
The march is one of the main points of the anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland. This year it will take place for the 19th time. Its participants at 10 will meet at the Katyn Monument in the Zwierzyniecki Park, from where they will set off to the church of The Holy Spirit (2 Sybiraków Street), next to which there is a monument - the Tomb of the Unknown Siberian.
Participants of the celebration are also invited to visit two exhibitions that day:
- "From exile to the heights of science. Polish researchers of Siberia "is an exhibition showing Polish researchers of Siberia in the nineteenth century - geographers, geologists, archaeologists, ethnographers, etc. The exhibition will present portraits of, among others Bronisław Piłsudski, Jan Czerski, Wiktor Godlewski. The author of the work is Paulina Kopestyńska - painter of Yakutian origin. The exhibition will be on display at the church of The Holy Spirit in Bialystok
- "When poppies bloomed on the mountainsides" is an exhibition presented at the Education and Exhibition Center (26 Sienkiewicza Street), which on this day can be visited free of charge until 18.00.
MEMORY PELOTON 17.09
The Memorial Peloton has permanently inscribed itself in the celebration of the next anniversary of the USSR's armed attack on Poland. The cycling route will be associated with places and characters referring to historical events of the Soviet occupation, such as Augustis - photographer deported to Siberia at the turn of 1939–1940, or Ryszard Kaczorowski - the last President of the Republic of Poland in Exile, prisoner of the Soviet labor camps. The start of the journey – Kilińskiego Street (Guest Palace), at 17. Finish line - Dworzec Fabryczny (Fabryczny Station).
"WHITE STOP" MUSIC PERFORMANCE
At the end of the Memorial Peloton, there will be a musical spectacle based on the memories of Irena Bujalska and the poems of Siberian - Anna Rudawcowa, directed by Michał Jarmoszuk, BTL actor and lecturer at the Białystok Theater Academy. Place - the area at the Fabryczny Station, at 19.00.
PROMOTION OF MONOGRAPHY "THEY CAME FROM THE EAST. EASTERN OCCUPATION OF THE EASTERN LAND OF THE REPUBLIC OF POLAND (1939–1941)"
The latest publication of the Sybir Memorial Museum, written by prof. Wojciech Śleszyński and dr. Marcin Zwolski, presents the situation in the areas occupied by the USSR in September 1939. The occupation caused rapid and profound changes in all areas of life: administration, agriculture, education, etc. Adjusting Polish solutions to Soviet patterns, noisy propaganda and intrusive indoctrination of Polish citizens and applied to their repression plowed the previous order, led to a rapid impoverishment of the Polish society, living in constant fear and uncertainty of tomorrow.
Education and Exhibition Center, 26 Sienkiewicza Street, at 12.30
Exactly at noon on September 17 this year alarm sirens will sound in our city. Let's stop for a moment to pay tribute to the victims of Soviet repression.
As part of this year's celebration, we also want to propose:
We invite you to an exhibition of portraits of soldiers of the Second Polish Corps from 1944–1945 by Tadeusz Wojnarski - a painter, during World War II a soldier of the Anders Army, a participant in the fights for Monte Cassino. He developed his artistic talent after leaving the labor camp in 1941. After joining the ranks of the forming Polish army, Wojnarski devoted his free time to creating watercolors and drawings. The portraits of soldiers that we want to show are only a modest part of the work of an artist who died 20 years ago. He has also left landscapes and caricatures.
Education and Exhibition Center, at 10.00-18.00
PROMOTION OF THE BOOK "FAMOUS POLES IN SIBERIA IN THE XIX CENTURY"
Poles deported to Siberia during the Soviet occupation of 1939–1941 encountered many of their compatriots or their descendants there. For centuries, Poles repressed for activities directed against tsarist Russia were sent there. Others were looking for their place on earth in the East. Published by the Sybir Memorial Museum, "Famous Poles in Siberia in the 19th century" by dr. hab. Grzegorz Zackiewicz is devoted to Poles who have made a significant contribution to the civilization development of Siberia.
Białystok, Education and Exhibition Center, at 17.30
CONCERT "SAVED IN MEMORY, SAVED IN THE HEART"
The concert accompanying the XIX International March in Memory of Siberian Exiles
was prepared by students of Primary Schools No. 21 and Primary School No. 4 in Białystok and the Preschool and School Complex in Narew.
Białystok, Youth Culture Center, 79A Warszawska Street, at 13.00
HISTORICAL WALK "DURING THE FIRST SOVIET (1939–1941)"
Wandering the modern streets of Białystok, we will go back to the years of the Soviet occupation of 1939–1941 - to the times of brutal repression, during which the Soviets deported hundreds of thousands of people to the East. We will try to recall the city from several decades ago, see how much it has changed, what has gone into oblivion and what has survived to this day.
Start from the Education and Exhibition Center, at 12.00, 16.00
INSTALLATION "17.09 WE REMEMBER"
An installation in the form of spatial digits arranged on the date 17.09.1939 will stand in the center of Białystok. The installation displays the faces of victims of Soviet repression.
Białystok, Kosciuszko Square
PRESENTATION OF THE COLLECTOR'S ANNIVERSARY ALBUM - 17.09. REMEMBER
The Sybir Memorial Museum issued a commemorative post stamp with a collector's album, which can be purchased at the Museum's online store.
Białystok, Education and Exhibition Center, 12.00
"EVERY FIVE ..." INSTALLATION
Trees are a key element of the installation. Illuminated and wrapped trunks are to symbolize the dramatic effects of deportation. Every fifth Białystok’s resident was deported to Siberia. By highlighting every fifth tree, the scale of these tragic events will be presented. Białystok, Constitution of 3 May Park, at 19.00.
INSTALLATION IN THE URBAN SPACE - "REAL" IN LUBLIN
The installation highlights the drama of Soviet deportations that affected hundreds of thousands of Poles. The main element of the undertaking will be an open suitcase, from which its contents spilled during the arrest. The installation will be presented at Theatre Square at the Center for the Meeting of Cultures in Lublin as part of the 20th Universal Congress of Polish Historians taking place at that time.
Lublin, Theatre Square, at 10.00-18.00