Norilsk Museum joined all-Russian action
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Norilsk Museum joined all-Russian action

November 02, 2020

On October 30, the country celebrated the Day of Remembrance for Victims of Political Repression.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. On the day, an educational campaign was held in Russia. It was developed by the Memory Fund and the GULAG History Museum with the support of the Presidential Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights. The action took place in schools, museums, libraries and cultural centers of 12 Russian cities, including Norilsk.

Action called 30.10 is an interactive lesson that introduced the history of mass repressions. The students of the Norilsk Pedagogical College together created the image of the 20th century, got acquainted with the biographies of people who made a significant contribution to the development of the country, reflected on how they and millions of other people could be forever erased from history. They also conducted an independent study – a sociological survey among friends and relatives about the attitude towards mass repressions in the USSR.

“In most schools in Russia, the topic of mass repression is not touched upon outside the History course, where several paragraphs of the textbook are devoted to it. Now we offer schools a format that is most suitable for the first conversation about this period of history”, said Roman Romanov, director of the GULAG History Museum and head of the Memorial Fund. “In addition to the educational action 30.10, the GULAG History Museum has developed a Memory Lesson – a constructor for conducting a school lesson on mass repressions in grades 9-11. We hope that the first acquaintance with the topic will be successful and in the future the Memory Lesson will be included in the curriculum”.

Schools, museums, libraries, cultural and youth centers in Moscow, Norilsk, Magadan, Syktyvkar, Tomsk, Vladivostok, Irkutsk, Elista, Nazran, Krasnoyarsk and Arhangelsk became the sites for the action 30.10 this year.

The topic of victims of political repressions is directly related to Norilsk: GULAG prisoners began building the city. Norillag existed from June 25, 1935 to August 22, 1956. Its administration was located in the village of Norilsk, which in 1953 received the status of a city, and was subordinate to the GULAG – the Main Administration of the camps. The maximum number of prisoners held in Norillag was recorded on January 1, 1951 – 72 490 people.

On the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repressions, the Norilsk Museum opened a traveling exhibition of the State Biological Museum named after Kliment Timiryazev with the participation of the International Memorial. The Believe in the Dry exhibition is available until 14 January.

Last year, a film about the fate of Euphrosynya Kersnovskaya was shown at the Norilsk museum, and The History of the GULAG. System and Victims exhibition was presented.

Text: Ekaterina Maximova, Photo: open sources

November 02, 2020

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