Museum exhibit /G. Martynaitis. “A Lithuanian Lesson in a Barrack". Drawing
Gintautas Martynaitis. “A Lithuanian Lesson in a Barrack”. 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 along 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. “A Lithuanian Lesson in a Barrack”. Drawing. 1990s. Copy. The caption to the drawing reads: “Even in the most difficult years, mother tried to teach us Lithuanian. Seated on the bunk-beds, they would light a taper soaked in fish-oil and then teach us to read and write. Someone had kept V. Petaris’ little book “Al’gimantas”. It became our collection of dictations and our reader.
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 became separated from the family and died in Reshota Camp (Krasnoyarsk Region). The mother found herself in exile on the island of Trofimovsk (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 in 1991, he began 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 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 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. “A Lithuanian Lesson in a Barrack". Drawing