Association of Historians of the Republic of Moldova „A. Moșanu ”, between June 28 and July 6, a campaign to commemorate the victims of the 1946-1947 famine and the victims of the communist regime, under the slogan: “Hungry for Peace”. During the campaign, the films “Siberia from the Bones” and “ Journeys of Memory” in the cities of Chisinau, Cahul, Strasini and Calarasi, produced by studio OWH and directors Leontina Vatamanu-Mărgineanu and Violeta Gorgos. The traveling exhibition “Victims of Communism” will also be presented, based on the materials of the National Archives, an event attended by historians, victims of communist oppression and the people of Culture, Priests, Other Guests, IPN Reports.
The documentary “Siberia from the Bones” will be shown in Cahul on June 28, at 10.00, at the National Palace of Culture, N. Botgros”. In Chisinau, the film will be shown at the “Odeon” cinema on July 5, 6:00 pm, and “Flights of Memory” – also in the “Odeon”, on July 6, starting at 6:00 pm. Admission will be free For everyone who wishes.
“Siberia from the Bones” directed by Leontina Vatamanu-Mărgineanu. The documentary tells the story of the Besarabian tragedy in the twentieth century and is a reconstruction of moments from the lives of four former deportees, who were arrested in the middle of the night from July 5-6, 1949 by Bolshevik activists. They rushed with their boots and bayonets, took peaceful people, children and the elderly, to labor camps in Siberia. The episodes show the atrocities and drama experienced by tens of thousands of Bessarabian residents during the Stalinist period, according to a press release from the campaign organizers.
Journeys of Memory is a series of documentaries produced during the expeditions of a group of students, historians, journalists and filmmakers. They got to the places where Moldovans were deported during the years 1941-1950 – in the middle of the Siberian forests, without shelters, they were deprived of food and clothes and forced to work as slaves. Today, some of these deportees can still be found in small Siberian villages. The authors state that these people miss their homeland and have not forgotten their mother tongue, and they wonder why we forgot it. Being diligent people, good agents, descendants, they were successfully recognized in various branches: culture, science, economics, they did not forget their ancestors, they honor their memory. The moments when members of the expedition discovered in the depths of the Siberian forest tombs with crosses, sometimes demolished, of the Bessarabias who found their eternal rest here were horrific.
This year, the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, on the initiative of the Association of Historians of the Republic of Moldova, and with the support of many personalities, adopted, after 30 years of independence, a Day of Remembrance for Victims of Organized Famine – last Saturday in April. According to the Association of Historians, this is only a first step in restoring justice to the innocent victims of the 1946-1947 famine. The Assembly reiterates its call to educational institutions, the media, people of culture, churches, and all citizens, to contribute to the collection of information on people who died or suffered from organized starvation, to make this tragedy known to the younger generations. And to commemorate the victims of the communist regime. The association also comes by inviting people to search for the common graves of the victims and to inaugurate crosses and crucifixes in those places.
National Association of Historians „A. Moșanu states that the famine of 1946-47 was one of the most tragic and secretive episodes in MSSR history. Historians conclude that the famine in Bessarabia was caused by the Communist Party of the USSR, led by Stalin, who signed an order to deliver MSSR products in conditions of drought and the impoverishment of the population after the war. In the first half of 1947, approximately 140,000 people died in the MSSR, given that approximately 82,000 people died during 1945, and in 1946 64,000 people died. According to some estimates, the 1946-1947 famine claimed the lives of between 200 and 300 thousand people, and other historians say that this scourge affected about a third of the population of Bessarabia, the worst famine in the former Soviet Union in terms of population. As shown in the statement.