OPEN AIR MUSEUM

IN MEMORY OF VICTIMS OF POLITICAL REPRESSIONS

For a deeper perception and meditation of visitors, an interval of a few meters (grass, paving, chairs, flowers) will be provided between the third and fourth module.

The structure of this module will present simultaneously two disastrous crimes (of many) of the communist regime: one is famine and the other is collectivization; the population that was not deported had to be consumed in the flames of famine and toil in kolkhozes. Thus, two sub-modules will be famine and collectivization. The picture of famine will be shown to visitors in a visual comparative situation. The panels placed on both sides of the exhibition route (on the left and on the right) will represent the "achievements" of the Communists in "over-fulfilling" the plan to produce more and more food on the one hand (the left side of the exhibition route), and on the other side ( the right side of the route), panels with disastrous pictures of starving and dead people. In specially designed showcases there will be displayed food and raw food material (casts, models) that were reported as excess of production, called “supra-plan”, and on the right there will be displayed the same casts of "food" eaten by tens of thousands of starving people; there will also be found a way to represent the macabre cases of cannibalism. The contradictory information regarding the 1946-1947 famine on the one hand, and the supra-plan "successes” regarding food on the other hand. On the other hand, death by starvation would be a dismayed disclosure of the communist massacre in the view of museum visitors. As in other modules, additional means (real and phony objects, figurative casts) will build a picture of maximum accuracy of the historical events of that period.

The forced collectivization of Bessarabian peasants will also be included in this module. Panels with photographs, as in the first part of this module, will present the forced collectivization initiated and imposed by the communist regime. Besides using audio-visual effects (films) for different stages of forced collectivization, this historical section will also contain panoramic paintings that will continue through spatial illusions the different types of collectivization (collectivization of property, work in kolkhoz, the propaganda of collective life). This section will also exhibit different so-called transmissible streamers (flags), all sorts of diplomas, medals and commendations for peasants’ "fruitful" and "voluntary” work in kolkhoz.


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