In framework of "Temporary visibility" project people could listen to the private stories engraved in letters sent by Bukovynian Jews of Transnistria to Chernivtsi.
Letters that never reached its recipient were published in 2013 by historian Benjamin Grilj published 213 letters. Students of Chernivtsi University used the letters as the basis for an impressive sound installation. Tin cans serve as headphones to listen to the letters in German, Romanian, Ukrainian and English. These voices from the past finally reached recipients – the present-day residents of the city. And after all, about 60 people have listened to them at the opening – mainly young people.
“The story of the letters is really special: they did not reach their addressees because here in Chernivtsi they were taken by the Romanian Nazis,” says the co-author of installation Oleh Barasiy. “For a long time this despair, packed in envelopes, was kept in the Nazi archives, then in the archives of the Soviet NKVD. The Soviet authorities had not destroyed them, even when the totalitarian machine crumbled. It took almost 75 years to become the voice of memory,” said Oleh Barasiy to tva.ua.
Residents of Chernivtsi now walk the same streets and live in the same houses, which used to be settled by Jews until early 40s, then they were deported to Transnistria. The installation re-estimates Holocaust, demonstrating it as an artistic topic and historical event.
“Temporary visibility” is the first project of the Laboratory of urban activism, created by 14 residents of Chernivtsi to create a platform for cooperation and seeking common strategies for action. It is implementing during March-August 2015 by organizations Roşa Collective (Chernivtsi), 54 ° + (Kaunas) and CADAM (Munich).