OPEN AIR MUSEUM

IN MEMORY OF VICTIMS OF POLITICAL REPRESSIONS

Death of dictators often partially or permanently change the social and ideological attitude of the new rulers towards their own people, and also towards other peoples; thus, Stalin's death loosened the criminal "chains" of the homicide ideology. After years of prison in Siberia, deportations, years during which their physical and spiritual "vigor” was squeezed, millions of innocent people are offered the possibility return to their homes (however, a vast majority is deprived of the right to return to the places where they had lived before deportation). When they returned to their homes, they did not find their properties and houses, as everything had been stolen and collectivised. The living conditions were far from being normal for those returned from the communist Gulags, and many of them were forced to abandon the very idea that they could live in their homes. Thus, these discriminatory conditions would discourage the very desire to live, and people would commit suicide or death from starvation; some people, whem released from the camps, did not even try to return to their homes, remaining to live near the places of detention. Even nowadays, in different regions of Siberia and Kazakhstan, there are settlements inhabited by Bessarabians (now old), who were deported from their lands immediately after the war.

The vast territory of experiments on human beings (after Stalin's death) represented a forced mixture of nationalities, cultures and destinies, which according to the Bolsheviks’ plan had to transform people (and humanity) at a fast pace into a "new” human being, the Soviet one - a builder of communism, where people must work when possible and consume only when necessary. In this context of “Bolshevik boom”, all those labeled as “formers" continued to be persecuted and deprived of the opportunity to support themselves and their families by working, and even other rights were not real for them (the formers). It took decades until in the mid 1990s, when a few of them (deportees, repressed) attempted to demand their little remaining (houses) or raise money for the possessions taken reluctantly by the communist criminals.

Museum visitors will be able to follow until nowadays the verticality of a generation of fighters with the plague of cowardice, treachery and the willing to forget, engrained in the contemporary mentality. The effort of the Soviet regime to include human consciousness into adventures (naive and murderous) suffered failure, and the freedoms acquired by the present generation will be persistent, as they will know the true price that was paid by Bessarabians, since the officials’ effort to make the historical memory of repression viable is poor.


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