The exhibition “Street Children. Waifs of the 1920s” opened at the museum

On October 14, the museum held the opening of the exhibition “Street Children. Waifs of the 1920s”, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.

The general director of the Museum of Political History of Russia Evgeny Grigorievich Artemov and the Commissioner for Human Rights in Saint-Petersburg Svetlana Yuryevna Agapitova greeted the audience and emphasized the importance of the chosen topic.

Margarita Alexandrovna Samoilova, the curator of the exhibition, spoke about the preparation of the exhibition and described its problems.  

“Our lives and our future depend on the protection, upbringing and education of our children. Unfortunately, the beginning of the 20th century saw wars, cholera and typhus epidemics, and famine. Many children were in a desperate situation: they were deprived not only of a happy childhood, but childhood in general. Miserable, dying of hunger, losing their humanity, they plundered, robbed and desperately dreamed of warmth and bread. The leadership of the state in the 1920s had no idea how to solve this social problem. Nevertheless, by trial and error, high results were achieved,” said Margarita Alexandrovna.

The opening ceremony was attended by representatives of the Central State Archive of Historical and Political Documents of Saint-Petersburg, charitable foundations, and Saint-Petersburg universities.

After the end of the ceremonial part there was a tour.

The exhibition runs until the May of 2023.

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