Monday, 20 August 2012

In remembrance

In Remembrance of the sufferings
Of fellow countrymen
Deported from their homelands
To Siberia
By the Soviet Communist Regime
On 14th June 1941

These trees were planted by
The Estonian Latvian and Lithuania
Communities of South Australia
On 13th June 1959

For many years the Baltic community has gathered to commemorate the June 13 & 14 deportations, in the Migration Museum courtyard.

In 1959 Juozas LapÅ¡ys, Baltic Council president organised for a memorial to be erected in the Glenunga Reserve, Connyngham street, Glenunga.  That year members from the Latvian, Estonian and Lithuanian communities  planted three trees and erected the above plaque in a granite rock.

As the years passed their was concern that the plaque would be lost, stolen or forgotten, so the Migration Museum was approached to see if they would take ownership.

Janina VabolienÄ—, President of the Lithuanian Community said in 2003 regarding the June deportations;
‘When our parents, brothers and sisters journeyed to distant Siberia, the echo of the train wheels  resound in our ears and our hearts reiterate  our countrymen’s torment’.

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