Museum exhibit /G. Martynaitis. “The transport of logs by women exiles, to heat buildings in Trofimovsk”. Drawing.
Gintautas Martynaitis. “The transport of logs by women exiles, to heat buildings in Trofimovsk. Drawing. 1990s. A series of drawings (30 items) by Gintautas Martynaitis (1935-1999) is dedicated to the memories of a childhood spent on the shores of the Laptyev Sea. He was deported to Siberia with his family in 1943, and in 1942 he was sent with his mother and his brother to Trofimovsk Island (Yakutia ASSR). There is a copy of the drawing in the “Exile” memorial exhibition in the Museum of the Everyday Life of the People of Lithuania (Rumshishkes, Lithuanian Republic). (Photograph 2005) 
 
 
 
 
Detailed annotationGintautas Martynaitis. “The transport of logs by women exiles, to heat buildings in Trofimovsk”. Drawing. 1990s. A caption underneath the drawing reads: “Women in harness dragged a sledge with firewood for heating buildings and accommodation-blocks for the bosses in Trofimovsk. For firewood they gathered driftwood, or they dug it out of the snow or hacked it out of the ice . A load had to be hauled 7-10 kilometres.”
Gintautas Martynaitis (1935-1999) was born in Mariampol (Lithuania) into a family of office-workers. On 14.06.1941 he was deported to Siberia with his family: his father became separated from the family and died in Reshota Camp (Krasnoyarsk Region). From 1942 onwards the mother found herself in exile on Trofimovsk Island (Yakutia ASSR) with her small children. Gintautas returned to Lithuania in 1959 and 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 the detailed explanatory notes on them constitute a genuine document describing the life and the hard labour done by the Lithuanians in the severe Arctic conditions in what to them was 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 friends. The drawings were initially published in 1966 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. “The transport of logs by women exiles, to heat buildings in Trofimovsk”. Drawing.