Museum exhibit /G. Martynaitis “Separation of men from their families at Nauyaii Vil’nya station. Drawing.
Gintautas Martynaitis. “Separation of the men from their families at Nayaii Vil’nya station”. Drawing. 1990s. A series of drawings (30 items) by Gintautas Martynaitis (1935-1999) is devoted to memories of a childhood spent on the shores of the Laptev Sea. He was deported to Siberia with his family in 1941, and then, in 1942, he was sent to Trofimovsk Island (Yakutia ASSR) with his mother and his brother.There is a copy of the drawing in the “Exile” Memorial Exhibition in the Museum of the Everyday Life of the Lithuanian People (Rumshishkes, Lithuanian Republic) (Photo 2005). 
 
 
 
 
Detailed annotationGintautas Martynaitis. “Separation of the men from their families at Nauyaii Vil’nya station”. Drawing. 1990s. Copy. The caption to the drawing reads: “They separated many men from their families at Nauyaii Vil’nya station and sent them to camps in Krasnoyarsk Region. In the space of two years out of several thousand men fewer than a hundred survived.”
Gintautas Martinaitis (1935-1999) was born in Mariampol (Lithuania) into a family of office-workers. On 14.06.1941 he was deported to Siberia along with his family: the father was separated from the family and died in Reshota Camp (Krasnoyarsk Region). The mother found herself in exile on Trofimovsk Island (Yakutia ASSR) with her two small children. Gintautas returned to Lithuania in 1959, where he lived in Mariampol. In 1966 he completed a course at the Leningrad Polytechnic Institute and worked in a radio-components factory in Vilnius. As a pensioner after 1991, he started to compile a series of drawings called “Memories of an Arctic Childhood”. The drawings (30 items) and the detailed explanatory notes on them constitute an authentic document describing the life and the hard labour done by the Lithuanians in the severe Arctic conditions in what was to them an alien environment. G. Martynaitis was not an artist by profession (he was a trained electrical engineer) and the things that he remembered from his childhood were drawn by him for friends. The drawings were first published in 1996 by the Vilnius Academy of Arts Publishing House. Copies of the drawings are on display in the “Exile” Memorial Exhibition in the Museum of the Daily Life of the Lithuanian People (Rumshishkes). The originals are in the Lithuanian National Museum (Vilnius).
 
PersonsMartynaitis Gintautas, author
 
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Museum exhibit /G. Martynaitis “Separation of men from their families at Nauyaii Vil’nya station. Drawing.