This exhibition is a reminder of a dark period in Polish history between the years of 1939 - 1942 when hundreds of thousands of Polish Nationals were forcibly exiled from eastern parts of Poland into the Soviet Union.
Stalin’s aim was to remove most of the Polish intellectual elite and the highest military who would not have bent to his regime. They were exiled to far-flung hostile terrains where survival was far from certain.
This exhibition focuses on members of my family who were forced in to exile in the Arkhangelsk area of USSR. It tells of our life there in overcrowded barracks, with scant food or medical care which meant death stalked inhabitants on a daily basis. It also tells of the camp’s Polish Cemetery where the dead had been buried and largely forgotten but which I was determined to find again and commemorate.
The exhibition also displays photographs of our family’s pre-war life, including glimpses of historic figures who strayed in to contact with our family.
It will take place in January 2019 - a few weeks before the 79th anniversary of the date of our exile.
- Leszek Gliniecki, January 2019.