Exhibition “Siberian Estonians”

December 4, 2008

Estonian Literary Museum and Estonian Academy of Arts joint exhibition ”Siberian Estonians”. In the White Hall of the Museum of Tartu University History (Tartu, Lossi 25) . Vernissage: December 11th at 4 p.m. Exhibition open till February 28th, 2009.

Additional information: Tel. +372 7377 739 (Anu Korb), +372 5140 864 (Kadri Viires)

Sponsored by:  Estonian Cultural Endowment, Compatriots Programme, Estonian Ministry Of Culture

Introduction: Many people picture Siberia as a vast expanse with a hostile climate, the destination of deportations and host to numerous prison camps. Nevertheless, there are approximately 11 000 Estonians living in Siberia today, mostly the decendants of immigrants who moved there in search of free land. There are also those Siberian Estonians whose ancestors were evacuated as war fugitives, deported or sent into the Siberian void. This exhibition focuses primarily on our compatriots in rural Siberia.