Museum exhibit /G. Martynaitis. “Lithuanian Exiles in a Railway Wagon”. Drawing.
Gintautas Martynaitis. “Lithuanian Exiles in a Railway Wagon”. 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. “Lithuanian Exiles in a Railway Wagon”. Drawing. 1990s. Copy. The caption to the drawing reads: “The exiles were herded into goods-wagons in which had been erected two-tiered wooden bunks, there were two small latticed windows at ceiling height and a hole in the floor for the needs of nature. 30-35 people and their belongings were allocated to a wagon.”

Gintautas Martynaitis (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. His father was separated from the family and died in Reshota Camp (Krasnoyarsk Region). From 1942 onwards the mother found herself in exile with her small children on Trofimovsk Island (Yakutia ASSR). 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 detailed explanatory notes on them constitute and 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 had been trained as an electrical engineer), and the images that he remembered from his childhood were drawn by him for friends. The drawings were initially 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. “Lithuanian Exiles in a Railway Wagon”. Drawing.