In 2018 the project "Memory expeditions" continued in the Tomsk and Novosibirsk regions. History: "I found a village of Moldovans, missing"
A new expedition of memory, following in the footsteps of the Bessarabian Romanians deported by the Soviets to Siberia. This time, the team of historian Octavian Ţâcu went to the Tomsk and Novosibirsk regions of the Russian Federation, where he documented, together with the director Violeta Gorgos, the life history of dozens of people whose testimonies will be found in a new logbook of expeditions.
Historian Octavian Ţâcu claims that the regions visited this year had a special emotional load, "because Novosibirsk and Tomsk were at the epicenter of the deportations of 1941 and 1949".
"We are talking, estimated, of a figure of 12 thousand people, deported both in the first and in the second wave. During these 12 days we managed to interview about 30 people who were deported or their descendants," he says Ticu.
"We had an unimaginable luck. We found many more protagonists than we expected, as we had information," said Virgil Mărgineanu, director of OWH Studio.
& nbsp; "We found, as in last year's expedition, a missing Moldovan village - Andreevka, and villages of this kind are many," says historian Octavian Ţîcu.
In the heart of Siberia they also spoke with Gheorghe Bejenari, originally from the village of Glingeni, Falesti district, deported by the Soviets when he was 16 years old. Today, at the age of 93, my father speaks Romanian very well: "I asked him how it was possible, not having the opportunity for anyone to speak, to keep his Romanian language, and he said to me:" Well, I I spoke to myself ". And he has a beautiful family. 17 children, of whom 15 are alive, healthy, 136 grandchildren and great-grandchildren", confesses Ţîcu.
Based on this expedition, director Violeta Gorgos will produce a logbook: "Those who were our protagonists are from our generation, the descendants of the third generation of those deported, their grandchildren, and they only now realize who their grandfathers were. and, looking for their roots, they discover that their grandparents were someone during the Greater Romania period and a good part of them are trying to regain their Romanian citizenship ". & nbsp;
The project "Expeditions of Memory" was initiated in 2013 and is funded by the Ministry of Romanians Everywhere, from Bucharest. This year's expedition is the fifth in the project.