This year is declared the Year of the 75th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941–1945 in the CIS countries. During the thematic Year, numerous events have already taken place and some of them are still ahead. Libraries are also active participants.
At the 22nd General Meeting of Eurasia Library Assembly Members in the A. Osmonov National Library of the Kyrgyz Republic (May 17, 2019, Bishkek), it was decided to create a documentary film on the activities of the libraries of the USSR during the Second World War.
The purpose of the film is to collect, organize and present previously unknown materials related to the activities of the central national libraries of the former Soviet republics in the period 1941-1945. The project was coordinated by the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library and Library Assembly of Eurasia with the participation of the CIS libraries.
Specifically for the film Mr Roman Motulsky, Director General of the National Library of Belarus, talked about the fate of the National Library of Belarus (formerly the V.I. Lenin State Library of the BSSR) - one of the state libraries that ended up in the territory occupied by the enemy and survived the during the Great Patriotic War, said. Military operations and the occupation regime actually destroyed the main library of the BSSR. The most severe loss was the collection of the 800 thousandth national documents, of which only 34 thousand copies survived.
Presentation of the film “Library Front: 1941-1945.” will be held on May 27 on the Presidential Library’s YouTube channel.
You can watch the movie trailer today:
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Read about the fate of libraries during the war in the monograph of Mr Roman Motulsky "From the Past to the Present. Libraries of Belarus"