The ALZHIR museum and memorial complex held an opening ceremony of a memorable stone of the Estonian women who have served in the camp in 1938-1953. The solemn ceremony was attended by Prime Minister of Estonia Jüri Ratas, representatives of the Estonian government in Kazakhstan, deputy head of the Culture and Sports Development of Astana Narima Mukhambetalin and employees of the museum, a press service of the Astana Culture and Sports Department reports.
«In the period between 1938 to 1953, 21 Estonian women served their sentence, two of whom did not withstand the suffering and died. However, despite all difficulties, they did not admit guilt of their husbands, and remained faithful to their husbands for the rest of their lives,» said Narima Mukhambetalina, the deputy head of the Astana Culture and Sports Department.
In his turn, the Estonian PM made a speech on the Estonian women, ALZHIR prisoners, who suffered enormously.
During the ceremony, an excursion around the expositions in the territory of the museum, around the Alash and ALZHIR halls was held. Following the visit, the Estonian PM wrote his remarks in the comments book and expressed gratitude to President Nursultan Nazarbayev for preserving the memory of the innocent victims of political oppression in the 30-50s. The guest was presented with the ‘Urpaktar umytpaidy’ (literally: Generations will remember) collection of memories of children of those repressed, published by the museum’s staff to the 10th anniversary of the museum and the 80th anniversary since the beginning of massive political oppression.