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Fragment of the exhibition "FROM UNKNOWN TO UNKNOWN: WORLD WAR II REFUGEES IN LITHUANIA"

Date: 5 September 2017 00:00 - 24 September 2017 00:00

 

M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art, V. Putvinskio St. 55 Kaunas

 

A series of events of The Sugihara Week is for the first time organized in Kaunas on September 2–9, 2017. On this occasion the M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art presented a fragment of the documentary photography exhibition by photographers Edmundas and Boleslava Zdanauskas From Unknown to Unknown: Refugees of World War II in Lithuania depicting the Jewish refugees as well as people of other nationalities in Vilnius.

78 years have passed from that time when the crowds of refugees civilian Polish people and the interned military have come to Lithuania withdrawing from Poland after the Fascist German attack on Poland on September 1, 1939. Later on, in October of the same year, German and Soviet residents exiled by the Fascist and Communist governments also arrived.

The photography archive and documentation department of M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art stores a unique collection of 76 photos. They reveal the daily routine of refugees, severely affected by complicated cross-border relationships, whose echoes are still alive.

It is likely that a part of the refugees did not perish in the whirlpool of the war, and, after surviving in Lithuania, went on with a new life in their own or a newly found homeland. The important fact that vice-consul of Japan Chiune Sugihara (1900–1986) who resided in the temporary capital of the Republic of Lithuania in Kaunas in 1939–1940 thanks to his noble action of humanism had granted Visas for Life even to six thousand Jewish people does evoke and confirm our hope.


Curator of the exhibition: Vaida Sirvydaitė-Rakutienė


Exhibition works: 05 09 2017–24 09 2017