Friday, May 8, 2015

A photo exhibition sponsored by Svenskt Militärhistoriskt Bibliotek has been opened in Poltava

May 7, 2015. A photo exhibition dedicated to Poltava in the time of German occupation has been opened on May 7th in the cultural center under the city cathedral. The exhibition is dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the World War II. Nowadays in connection with the Russian backed aggression against Ukraine our country decided to commemorate Victory Day on 8 May instead of 9 May 1945. Besides, the military parade in Kiev for Victory Day on May 9 was cancelled. May 8, however, will be celebrated as a day of remembrance and reconciliation.

On the exhibition two collections of photographs were shown to visitors. One collection was discovered in Stuttgart (Germany) in the family archives of former railway engineer who was sent to Poltava in 1942. Another collection was discovered in the Visual Archive of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (Berlin). About 60 unique photographs were purchased and delivered to Poltava under financial support of Swedish Society of Military History (Svenskt Militärhistoriskt Bibliotek). Many German and Soviet Military orders and medals, Soviet wartime newspapers were also represented on the exhibition. May I take this opportunity to thank all SMB stuff members and personally Per-Anders Lundström and Jan Waernberg for their help and support.

You may watch a brief video about this exhibition and my brief interview (sorry for speaking Ukrainian)  at