Museum exhibit /G. Martynaitis. “Disembarkation of Lithuanian Exiles onto Trofimovsk Island”. Drawing
Gintautas Martynaitis. “Disembarkation of Lithuanian Exiles onto Trofimovsk Island. 28 August, 1942”. 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. “Disembarkation of Lithuanian Exiles onto Trofimovsk Island, 28 August, 1942”. Drawing. 1990s. Copy. The caption to the drawing reads: “28 August, 1942, about 500 people, exiles from Lithuania, were put ashore on the uninhabited Trofimovsk island in the delta of the River Lena. This was the Far North – with Permafrost underfoot”. 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: the father was separated from the family and died in Reshota camp (Krasnoyarsk Region). In 1942 the mother found herself in exile on the island of Trofimovsk (Yakutsk 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. A pensioner after 1991, he started to put together a series of drawings called “Memories of an Arctic Childhood”. The drawings (30 items) and 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 trained as an electrical engineer) and the images that he remembered from his childhood were drawn by him for his 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. “Disembarkation of Lithuanian Exiles onto Trofimovsk Island”. Drawing