MINSK, 7 December (BelTA) – Our main task is to popularize Belarusian culture, chairperson of the Narva Belarusian society Syabry (Estonia) Lyudmila Annus told BelTA on the sidelines of the meeting of the Advisory Council for Belarusians Abroad at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Minsk on 7 December, BelTA has learned.
"Today we mark the birthday of our society - 23 years. Our main task is to popularize Belarusian culture and to keep in touch with Belarusians abroad, and not only with those in Estonia, but also in the Baltic states, many other countries and, of course, with Belarus," she said.
"Our sister city is Borisov, with which we have been maintaining great creative ties for 15 years," she said.
When asked about the demolition of war monuments to Soviet soldiers in the Baltic countries, Lyudmila Annus said: "We can't talk about it without tears. It's devastating," she said.
She said that when visiting Belarus, she always visits the historical places immortalizing the memory of those who fought for the liberation of the country from the Nazi invaders. She recalled that, as a schoolgirl at the Svetlogorsk school, she went with her classmates to the village of Ola where about 2,000 civilians, including 950 children, were shot dead and burned. After the war, the village of Ola was never revived. On the site of the mass grave, a memorial complex Ola has been set up. It features a sculpture of a kneeling soldier with a wreath. "It is very powerful and makes a great impact. This is the memory," Lyudmila Annus. said
She also said that the Narva Belarusian society Syabry has been doing a lot of work to preserve the historical memory, including about famous Belarusian figures of culture and literature. For example, this year the society held the events to celebrate the 135th anniversary of the birth of Marc Chagall, who in 1908-1910 lived in Narva, and to mark the anniversaries of famous Belarusian writers.