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Memory of Russia: Historical and documentary exhibition "War, Sorrow, Dream and Youth" opened in Moscow

30 June 2020

June 25, 2020, the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art (Moscow) opened the historical and documentary exhibition "War, Sorrow, Dream and Youth".

The exhibition is marking two significant dates - the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War and the Centenary of the war poet David Samoylov, whose poems became a kind of anthems of the generation that suffered the war.

The main idea of ​​the exhibition is to highlight the fate of the entire "generation of the 1940s" of Russian literature on the example of David Samoylov’s biography and oeuvre. It also showcases how the Great Patriotic War became not only a decisive event in his life but also a key topic of future work. The exposition features archival documents and memorial items from the collection of the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art, the Russian State Archive of Film and Photo Documents and private collections.

An important part of the David Samoylov's archive is the collection of documents about friends died at the front - poets I. A. Lapshin, B. M. Smolensky, M. L. Bershadsky and others. For many years, Samoylov fulfilled his moral duty and searched for their manuscripts and photographs, lost during the war. The exhibition presents his collection of their poems and photographs of the late 1930s that are often the only survived evidence of their art activity interrupted by the war.

The biography and art of the young poets are presented in close connection with the fates of their elder contemporaries – Tvardovsky, Simonov, Lebedev-Kumach, Isakovsky, Dolmatovsky, Bergholz and others. Their poems and songs were with the Soviet people during the war. The exposition includes agitation and journalistic poetry, calling for revenge and struggle to the last drop of blood, as well as the tender lyrics, close to the millions of people.

The exhibition will run until October 23, 2020.