06.02. – 05.04.2020
The exhibition “I can almost hear birds” featuring works by Belarusian photographer Maxim Sarychau will be on view from February 6 at the Latvian Museum of Photography.

Maly Trascianec is a village located ten kilometers from Minsk near a site of an old collective farm named after Karl Marx (1942-1944). At the school Maxim Sarychau attended in Minsk, this site was never talked about, because, according to the government, it had no particular significance. Only later, he became aware that this place used to serve as the largest Nazi death camp in the former USSR. A shift in the course of the World War II in 1943 and the imminent discovery of Nazi crimes prompted the camp’s administration to implement a special operation "Sonderaktion 1005", which was designed to get rid of evidence of a massacre committed by Nazi death squads. According to various sources, from 60 to 200 thousand people arrived but never walked out of this camp. The USSR government expressed little interest in this camp after the war, so it kept silent and repurposed the land it stood on, letting its legacy disappear.

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