The album "Siberia with a pencil by Alina Maliszewska" - the latest publication of the Sybir Memorial Museum
The night of February 10, 1940. We remember
The album "Siberia with a pencil by Alina Maliszewska" is the latest publication of the Sybir Memorial Museum, which contains exceptional drawings by Alina Maliszewska, which are a visualization of her own and other Siberians experiences. The album was promoted on Friday (08.02) at the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic. It was one of the events organized as part of the celebrations of the 79th anniversary of the first mass deportation to Siberia.
Alina Maliszewska is an icon of Polish film animation, a co-author of cartoon series such as "Dziwne przygody Koziołka Matołka" („Strange adventures of Koziolek Matolek”), „Baśnie i waśnie” ("Fairy Tales") i „Proszę słonia” („Please, Elephant"), as well as the director of forty animated films, including movies for adults such as "Przygody w paski" (‘Adventures in stripes”) or "Plugawe słowo" ("Wrong word"). She is also a visual artist, scriptwriter and scenographer.
Before she became an acknowledged artist, she went through a gehenna connected with exile. On April 13, 1940, due to the past of her father (who as a former legionnaire was imprisoned by the Soviets), together with her mother and brother, she was deported to Kazakhstan. In 1941, her brother was sent to the Army of General Władysław Anders, and three years later, Alina and her mother escaped from exile and successfully got to Bielsk Podlaski. At that time, she learned that her father fought in the ranks of the Home Army during the war, for which he was shot by the Germans.
In the album "Siberia with a pencil by Alina Maliszewska" you can see many scenes related to the typical story of the exiled family. They have been ordered chronologically. At the beginning, paintings related to Soviet aggression on September 17, 1939 and the first repressions - including arrests - are presented. After them you can watch Polish families on their way to Siberia or to Kazakhstan. Most drawings are devoted to staying on "inhuman land", with all its aspects, such as exhausting work, illness, hunger and death. Alina Maliszewska was deported as a thirteen-year-old child, so it is understandable that she devoted much attention to the situation of exiled children, including those placed in orphanages. The last element of this drawing puzzle is the documentation of the author's unusual and successful escape from exile.
The publication is available in the online store of the Sybir Memorial Museum. The promotion of the book at the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic was accompanied by the opening of an exhibition with the same title. After the opening, there was a concert in memoriam of the 79th anniversary of the first deportations to Siberia entitled "Memory".