The Day of Remembrance and Mourning at the Peter the Great Museum was observed with readings of the recollections of Dagestanis about World War II. These readings were delivered in the popular modern format of living theatre in which everyone takes part without any clear distinction between the actors and the audience. Svetlana Anokhina and Anna Gadzhieva, the creators of the project There Once Was a City, assembled the materials for the present event from several hundred interviews with elderly residents of Derbent and other cities. Everyone in attendance read a few lines and discussed how the war had affected her family.
Antonina Alexandrovna Isakova, who had been in the war, shared her recollections.
The evening concluded with an open-air screening of Aleksey German’s Twenty Days without War from a scenario by Konstantin Simonov.
This evening was part of the exhibition Soul of a Witness: World War II as Seen through the Eyes of Effendi Kapiev and Nikolai Lakov which this time was augmented by an audio installation, Sounds of the Front.