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Book Day marked in Gütersloh, Germany with an exhibition on the history of the Siege of Leningrad

May 7, 2024: on May 4, residents of many German cities marked the Book Day, a sign of disapprobation of Nazi's book-burning campaign of 1933. In 1978 the Association of German Writers and the German P.E.N. Center declared May 10 "Book Day" in commemoration of May 10, 1933. In 1979, with the support of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association, the day of remembrance attracted nationwide interest.


A commemorative action entitled "Reading against Forgetting ("Lesen gegen das Vergessen")," has been held for the sixth time in the the city of Gütersloh, North Rhine-Westphalia. In 2024 the event was staged in Martin-Luther-Kirche. Books of such Soviet authors as Olga Bergholz, Daniil Granin, Ales Adamovich were included in the program of this year's event.

In the framework of the "Reading against Forgetting - 2024," organized by "Forum Russische Kultur Gütersloh" and Taganrog Local Government, an exhibition dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the Lifting of the Siege (Blockade) of Leningrad (1944) was unveiled. The exhibition was based on historical photographs made in besieged Leningrad and drawings of Taganrog-born architect and artist Yakov Rubanchik. Exhibition materials and information were provided by Taganrog Museum of Architecture and Urbanism, Yakov Rubanchik's relatives (Israel) and HISTOURS military history project (Saint Petersburg), or taken from open sources.


During the Great Patriotic War (World War II), Yakov Rubanchik (1899-1948) chose to stay with his family in the besieged city of Leningrad, where they spent all 872 days of the Blockade. Rubanchik was an eyewitness, who chronicled the events by over 330 drawings. Later on, these pictures ("Blockade Diary") were assembled into Yakov Rubanchik's archive.


The history of Taganrog's cooperation with this NGO goes back to early meetings in 2009 and 2012. In April 2014, the Taganrog Municipal Chamber Orchestra directed by Alexander Gurevich was invited by the "Forum Russische Kultur Gütersloh" and gave concerts in Bielefeld-Senne, Steinhagen, Gütersloh and Bonn. In 2019 a delegation from Gütersloh presented an old Italian accordion to Taganrog Municipal Chamber Orchestra directed by Alexander Gurevich. About one year ago, "Forum Russische Kultur GŁtersloh" held two video-conferences with Taganrog Vocational Technical School of Marine Engineering in May and in November 2021.