Museums /Circle of the Union of Siberians
The Circle of the Union of Siberians in Bystrzyca Kłodzka is an organisation of special settlers, colonists, soldiers from the Krayova Army deported by the NKVD in 1940-1941 and Poles deported from Poland, Ukraine, Belorussia and Lithuania. Since the early 1990s the Circle of the Union of Siberians in Bystrzyca Kłodzka has been collecting photographs, witness accounts and documents from the family archives of its members. All materials are copied and the originals remain with the families. The circle archive contains memoirs in text, audio and video formats, photographs from the places of exile and documents – death certificates, work certificates, identity cards, deportation and exile documents and rehabilitation certificates. Copies of the collected documents and photographs have been given to the Chief Administration of the Union of Siberians in Warsaw and part of them also to the Museum of Independence in Warsaw. A list has been put together of those who died in exile during the period 1939-1946. In 1998 the Circle of the Union of Siberians created the travelling exhibition “Siberia 1939-1956” at its own expense. This exhibition portrays the history of the repression, exile and deportation of Poles in the Soviet Union, life in the camps and settlements of the Arkhangel and Sverdlovsk Oblasts, the Komi Republic, Kazakhstan, the Altai Krai and Krasnoyarsk Krai. Showings of the exhibition were accompanied by thematic excursions for school children (in Bystrzyca Kłodzka), lectures and talks by members of the Circle of Siberians. Pupils of grammar school [gimnaziia] No 1, under the direction of their teachers, have taken more than 40 interviews with members of the Circle. These interviews have been published in the books “Dalekaia doroga” [“The Long Way”] and “Deti” [“Children”], alongside materials from the Circle’s archive. The book “Vospominaniia Sibiriakov” [“The Memories of the Siberians”] appeared in 2008 and a new travelling exhibition on the fate of Poles in Siberia has been created. In 2010, the second volume of the “Vospominaniia Sibiriakov” [“The Memories of the Siberians”] came out. The Union of Siberians' webpage is http://sybiracy.w.interia.pl/index_ru.html (Information correct in April 2011). 
 
 
 
 
NameCircle of the Union of Siberians
 
Location
 
Address57–500 Polska, Bystrzyca Kłodzka, Osiedle Szkolne 15/9
 
Status of museumMuseums//
 
SpecialisationMuseums//
 
Official contact detailsJerzy Kobryn, Chairman of the Circle of the Union of Siberians Тel: + 48 74 811 11 90 Webpage: http://sybiracy.w.interia.pl/index_ru.html
 
Description of museumThe Circle of the Union of Siberians in Bystrzyca Kłodzka is an organisation of special settlers, colonists, soldiers from the Krayova Army deported by the NKVD in 1940-1941 and Poles deported from Poland, Ukraine, Belorussia and Lithuania. Since the early 1990s the Circle of the Union of Siberians in Bystrzyca Kłodzka has been collecting photographs, witness accounts and documents from the family archives of its members. All materials are copied and the originals remain with the families. The circle archive contains memoirs in text, audio and video formats (approx. 50 memoirs), photographs from the places of exile (around 140 individual photographs) and documents – death certificates, work certificates, identity cards, deportation and exile documents and rehabilitation certificates. Copies of the collected documents and photographs have been given to the Chief Administration of the Union of Siberians in Warsaw and part of them also to the Museum of Independence in Warsaw. A list has been put together of those who died in exile during the period 1939-1946. In 1998 the Circle of the Union of Siberians created the travelling exhibition “Siberia 1939-1956” at its own expense (authors: Jerzy Korbyn, Janusz Korbyn, Adam Przevorski, Ceslav Cermak, Gabriela Zapf). The exhibition portrays the history of the repression, exile and deportation of Poles in the Soviet Union, life in the camps and settlements of the Arkhangel and Sverdlovsk Oblasts, the Komi Republic, Kazakhstan, the Altai Krai and Krasnoyarsk Krai. The exhibition contains approximately 150 photographs and documents collected by the Circle of the Union of Siberians, a map of the Soviet Union marked with camp locations and exile sites of Poles (put together by the authors of the exhibition), as well as newspapers and journals, artworks and research into the history of repression. Posters and a CD of photographs, explanatory texts and a musical accompaniment were created for the exhibition. Showings exhibition were accompanied by thematic excursions for school children (in Bystrzyca Kłodzka), lectures and talks by members of the Circle of Siberians. Teachers use the CD in history lessons. The exhibition was on display in the House of Culture in Bystrzyca Kłodzka (15 September – 15 October 1998), in the Town Library of Bystrzyca Kłodzka (11 April –15 March 2003) and also in Belarus in the Poland House in the town of Lida (01 March – 30 April 2005). At present the exhibition is kept by the Circle of the Union of Siberians ready to be exhibited again. Pupils of grammar school [gimnaziia] No 1, under the direction of their teachers, have taken more than 40 interviews with members of the Circle. These interviews have been published in the books “Dalekaia doroga” [“The Long Way”] and “Deti” [“Children”] alongside materials from the Circle’s archive. The book “Vospominaniia Sibiriakov” [“The Memories of the Siberians”] appeared in 2008 and a new travelling exhibition on the fate of Poles in Siberia has been created. In 2010, the second volume of the “Vospominaniia Sibiriakov” [“The Memories of the Siberians”] came out. (Information correct in April 2011).
 
How did the "Gulag" subject appear in the collection Since the early 1990s the Circle of the Union of Siberians in Bystrzyca Kłodzka has been collecting photographs, witness accounts and documents from the family archives of its members.
 
Related activities on the subjectMuseum staff work with school pupils and participate in meetings and conferences.
 
Years during which the museum worked on the subject From the early 1990s, ongoing.
 
Beginning (year)1992
 
Acquisition and description of subject-related collections The collection consists of copied documents, new documents are regularly added. The Museum does not collect objects.
 
PersonsCermak Ceslav, Author
 
PersonsKobryn Janusz, Author
 
PersonsKobryn Jerzy, Chairman
 
PersonsPrzevorski Adam, Author
 
PersonsZapf Gabriela, Author
 
Web page?Yes
 
 
Museums /Circle of the Union of Siberians