Narratives of Exile and Identity
Soviet Deportation Memoirs from the Baltic States
In an innovative effort to situate Baltic testimonies to the Gulag in the broader international context of research on displacement and memory, scholars from the Baltic States, Western Europe, Canada, and the United States seek answers to the following questions: Do different groups of deportees experience deportation differently? How do the accounts of women, children and men differ in their representation? Do various ethnic groups remember the past differently: how do they use historical and cultural paradigms to structure their experience in unique ways? The scholars researched the archives, read testimonies, interviewed former deportees, and examined artifacts of memory produced since the late 1980s, applying crossdisciplinary approaches used at the study of the Holocaust testimonies; the testimonies of women have received a particular emphasis. The essays in the book also examine the issues of transmittance, commemoration and public uses of the memory of deportations in contemporary social, cultural and political contexts of Baltic societies, including the reflection of Gulag legacy in literature, the cinema and museums.
About the Authors
Violeta Davolit is a professor at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University, and senior researcher at the Lithuanian Culture Research Institute.
Tomas Balkelis is a senior fellow at the Lithuanian Institute of History in Vilnius.
"This book explores the history and long-term significance of the Soviet deportation of people from the Baltic States to Siberia in 1941 and in the late 1940s. With insightful perspectives drawn from gender, memory, and cultural studies, this splendidly-edited volume illuminates the trauma and meaning of deportation and exile."—Norman M. Naimark
Other Titles in Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000