49 Linden Gardens, London

Ivanna Maszczak signing her newly published book

Guests, family and friends gathered at the AUGB’s Central Office last night for the book launch of Ivanna Maszczak's memoirs and the opening of an exhibition of her watercolours and sketches.

The publication of Ivanna Maszczak’s book, “Roads Past" («Дорогами минулого»), is an important contribution to the countless works published in the past about persecutions and personal human sufferings behind the Iron Curtain.

At the age of only 20, Ivanna experienced some brief but very harsh spells in Soviet prisons.  In 1947 she and her family were forcibly resettled to Olsztyn county in Poland during the so-called “Wisla Operation”. Soon afterwards she was arrested by Polish security forces (UB) on the grounds of collaborating with the Ukrainian underground movement and sentenced to 10 years hard labour in the Gulag concentration camps in Kolyma... 

Her book is available from the Taras Shevchenko Library & Archive.

The art exhibition of her works, "Spring Mosaic", will continue to run in the Gallery of the AUGB at 49 Linden Gardens, Notting Hill, London W2 4HG  until 17 June 2010.  Opening times: Monday – Friday 10 am – 8.00 pm.

Last night's event was organised by the AUGB’s Shevchenko Library & Archive and was supported by the Embassy of Ukraine in London and the Central State Archive of Foreign Archival Ucrainica in Kyiv.

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