Museum exhibit /Greetings card.
A home-made Christmas card, dated 25.12.1955. The card was given to Petronele Aksamitauskaite (born 1923), a political prisoner in the AngarLag (Irkutsk oblast'), in 1955. Petronele Aksamitauskaite was sentenced to 25 years in the camps in June, 1948. She was imprisoned in the KarLag, the StepLag (Kengir division), the OzerLag and then the AngarLag. She returned to Lithuania in 1956. The card is kept in the Priekule Museum of Exile and the Struggle for Freedom (Priekule, Lithuanian Republic). It was given to the Museum by P. Aksamitauskaite in 2005. (Photo December, 2010). 
 
 
 
 
Creator of collectionPetronėlė Aksamitauskaitė
 
Date of acquisitionOctober 2005
 
Date and place of creation25.12.1955, AngarLag (Irkutsk oblast')
 
Size4,7 х 10,3 cm
 
MaterialsPaper
 
MaterialsWatercolour
 
Description of exhibitA greetings card made from a rectangular sheet of paper, folded in two. In the top left-hand corner there is a drawing, done in paints and water-colours: it is the branch of a fir-tree with two pine-cones. In the bottom right-hand section is an inscription in light grey paint in Lithuanian: “Linksmų Kalėdų!” [“Happy Christmas!”]. Inside there is a text in Lithuanian, written in purple ink. It translates: “A Happy and Holy Christmas! I wish you to be carefree and happy. Stepas. 25/XII.55”.
 
State of preservationThe paper has turned yellow, the ink is faded.
 
Detailed annotationA home-made Christmas card, dated 25.12.1955. The card was given to Petronele Aksamitauskaite (born 1923), who in 1955 was a political prisoner in the AngarLag (Irkutsk olast'). The card was probably given to her by one of the other camp inmates called Stepas.Petronele Aksamitauskaite was sentenced to 25 years in the camps in June, 1948. She was imprisoned in the KarLag, the StepLag (Kengir division), the OzerLag and then the AngarLag. She returned to Lithuania in 1956. In 2005 she gave several items (including the card) to the Priekule Museum of Exile and the Struggle for Freedom (Priekule. Lithuanian Republic).
 
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Museum exhibit /Greetings card.