Museum exhibit /Postcard made from birch bark, made in the Ukhta-Pechora Camp.
A postcard made from birch bark with a coloured picture, which Nikolai Aleksandrovich Glazov (1897-1899), a doctor who was a prisoner in the Medical Village of the Ukhta-Pechora Camp (Chibiu, Komi Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic) sent from the camp to his daughter Margarita. It is dated 05.05.1937. The author of the postcard and the drawing is a certain E.E., a prisoner in the Ukhta-Pechora Camp. In 1994 Margareta Nikolaeva Glazova (born 1935) gave the postcard to the museum of the Research and Information “Memorial” (St Petersburg). 
 
 
 
 
Authenticity
 
Registration number in museum acquisition book KP-110
 
Date of acquisition1995
 
Thematic indexThe Camps
 
Thematic indexLife in Captivity/
 
Thematic indexIn the Shadow of Terror/
 
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Date and place of creation25.03.1937 – 03.05.1937 Ukhta-Pechora Camp (Komi ASSR, Chibiu settlement)
 
Size10.2cm x 14.2cm
 
Materials
 
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Description of exhibitA self-made postcard made from birch bark with a picture done in coloured Indian ink. The picture shows a duck on the grass. In the top right-hand corner there is the inscription “E.E. 25.3.37”. On the back in the top half there is an inscription in purple ink: “Ritus’enke ot papy, shtoby byla khoroshei i slushalas’ svoi khroshuiu mamy. Papa-Kolia. 3/V-37 g.” [“To Ritusen’ka from daddy: be good and listen to your good mummy. Daddy Kolia. 3/V-37”]. In the bottom left-hand corner is an inscription in the same ink: “Chibiu Town, Medical Village”.
 
State of preservationIn the right-hand corner the birch bark is torn for a length of 0.5cm.
 
Detailed annotationA postcard made out of birch bark with a picture of a duck made in the Medical Camp (Ukhta-Pechora Camp, Chibiu Settlement, Medical Village). The draftsman was the prisoner E.E. (it has not been possible to identify the who the initials refer to). The picture was probably done at the request of Nikolai Aleksandrovich Glazov (1899-1989), a doctor imprisoned in the Medical Village. On the 5 May, 1937, Glazov wrote a short dedicatory inscription to his nine-year-old daughter on the back of the postcard and sent it inside a letter to his wife (in 1937 the family were living in exile in Samarkand). The postcard was preserved by Margarita Nikolaevna Glazova’s family (the envelope and the letter went missing) and was given to the Research and Information Centre “Memorial” (St Petersburg) in 1994. According to M. N. Glazova, her father told her that the creator of the drawing – an imprisoned artist – was shot sometime in 1937-1938, but she did not remember whether or not he had told her his name.
 
PersonsE. E., artist
 
PersonsGlazov Nikolai Aleksandrovich, owner
 
PersonsGlazova Margarita Nikolaevna, creator of collection
 
PersonsKolchina Olimpiada Georgievna
 
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Web page?Yes
 
 
Museum exhibit /Postcard made from birch bark, made in the Ukhta-Pechora Camp.