Museum exhibit /Greetings card
Self-made greetings card. The greetings are dated 29.12.1954. The card was given to Petronele Aksamitauskaite (born 1923) on her birthday by her friends in the camp (OzerLag or AngarLag, Irkutsk oblast') or when she was in exile in Siberia. Petronele Aksamitauskaite was sentenced in June 1948 to 25 years in the camps. She was imprisoned in KarLag, Steplag (the Kengir Camp Section), in OzerLag and then in AngarLag. She returned to Lithuania in 1956. The card is kept in the Priekule Museum of Exile and the Struggle for Freedom (Priekule, Lithuanian Republic). It was given to the Museum by P. Aksamitauskaite in 2005. (Photo: December, 2010). 
 
 
 
 
Creator of collectionPetronėlė Aksamitauskaitė
 
Date of acquisitionOctober 2005
 
Date and place of creation29.12.1954, Siberia
 
Size4,2 х 10 cm
 
MaterialsPaper
 
MaterialsWatercolour
 
Materials
 
Description of exhibitThe card is made from a rectangular sheet of paper folded in two. In the top left-hand corner there is a drawing (a landscape in the Taiga), done using paints and water-colours: there is a river and hills with trees on them, and in the foreground is a lone pine tree. On the right there is an inscription, done in coloured pencils (brown and red). It reads: “Gimimo dienoye!” [“Happy Birthday!”]. Inserted into the text by hand, in purple ink, are the words: “Daug tyro džiaugsmo ir laimės linkime. Tavo gimimo dienoje!” 29.XII.54. Taiga. Kostė ir Birutė. Petrute! O dienos bėgs, o bitai eis negrįš jie, Ir jausi Tu palieka jie Tave. Kas met taškis žiedai sniegais...vyšnios. Žydės šermukšnei ties siaura gatve. A literal translation of the text is: “Wishing you lots of pure joy and happiness on your Birthday! 29.XII.54. Taiga. Kosta i Birute. Petrute! The days will go by and won’t come back – and you will feel that they are leaving you behind. The snow will cover you. A rowan tree will bloom in a narrow street”.
 
State of preservationThe paper has become yellow and the ink has faded.
 
Detailed annotationSelf-made greetings card. The greetings are dated 29.12.1954. The card was given to Petronele Aksamitauskaite (born 1923) on her birthday by her friends in the camp (OzerLag or AngarLag, Irkutsk oblast') or when she was in exile in Siberia. The picture shows a landscape in the Taiga: a river, some wooded hills and there is a single pine-tree in the foreground. Inside, there is a text of congratulations in Lithuanian. Petronele Aksamitauskaite was sentenced in June 1948 to 25 years in the camps. She was imprisoned in KarLag, Steplag (the Kengir Camp Section), in OzerLag and then in AngarLag. She returned to Lithuania in 1956. In 2005 she gave a number of objects (including the card) to the Priekule Museum of Exile and the Struggle for Freedom (Priekule, Lithuania)
 
PersonsAksamitauskaitė Petronėlė, Received the card as a present; creator of the collection
 
Web page?Yes
 
 
Museum exhibit /Greetings card