The album “Siberia in pencil by Alina Maliszewska” is the newest publication of Sybir Memorial Museum. It is also the title of the exhibition created to commemorate 79th anniversary of first mass exile to Siberia. The exhibition consists of exceptional drawings by Alina Maliszewska, that depict her visualition of what happened to her and other deported Sybiraks.
Alina Maliszewska is an icon of Polish film animation, co-author of animated series suchs as “Strange Adventures of Koziołek Matołek” (featuring Polish iconic character Matołek the Billy-Goat), “Stories and Squabbles” (Baśnie i waśnie) or “Be My Guest, Mr. Elephant” (Proszę słonia), as well as director of forty full-length film animations, among them e.g. “An Adventure in Stripes” (Przygoda w paski) or “A Filthy Word” (Plugawe słowo). She is also a fine artist, script-writer and set designer.
Before she became a renowned artist, she has lived through Gehenna of exile to Siberia. April 12, 1940 alongside her mother and brother she was deported to Kazakhstan. In 1941, her brother landed in the Władysław Anders’ Army, and three years later Alina and her mother managed to fled the exile and found their way back to their hometown of Bielsk Podlaski in Poland. Then she learned that her father had fought in the war in the Polish Home Army (Armia Krajowa), and because of that he had been shot by the Nazis.
The exhibition opening and the promotion of the album “Siberia in pencil by Alina Maliszewska” were held February 8, 2019 at 18:30 in the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic foyer (Podleśna 2 Street). After the opening a concert in memoriam took place, entitled “Memory.” Those were the beginning of a series of events dedicated to commemorate 79th anniversary of first mass exile to Siberia. Another one of them was 1st Sybir Memory Run February 10, 2019 at 11:00.