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Presentation of Book by N. D. Ukrainets “To Drain Life to the Lees (about N. A. Matsulevich)”

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Presentation of Book by N. D. Ukrainets “To Drain Life to the Lees (about N. A. Matsulevich)”

On April 15 at 5 pm National Library of Udmurt Republic is hosting a presentation of the book by N. D. Ukrainets “To Drain Life to the Lees (about N. A. Matsulevich)” published in 2014 in Bon Antsa Publishing House and dedicated to 70 years since the liberation of Belarus from the German Nazi occupation. The event will take place at Kamskiy Institute of the Humanities and Engineering Technologies (V. Sivkova St., 12 a, office 224).

Author of the book — Nikolai Dmitrievich Ukrainets, retired colonel, who served over three decades in the Russian military forces, presently — chairman of Association of Belarusian Culture in the Udmurt Republic “Batkovshina”. Member of Unions of Russian Writers, laureate of the State Award of the Udmurt Republic, author of books about outstanding people of Udmurtia (Honored Builder of the RSFSR N. N. Shishkin, politician Y. D. Maslyukov, literary expert and critic Z. A. Bogomolova and some others).


N. D. Ukrainets’ latest work depicts the tragic events of the Great Patriotic War. The main character of the book, Nina Matsulevich, is a woman of extraordinary destiny, born in Belarus, presently living in Sarapul. “In early childhood, in 1942–1944”, writes the author, “she had to go through a terrible ordeal of a Nazi concentration camp Salaspils. ‹...› Of 12,000 prisoners who went through the camp during its existence, about 7,000 people died here due to illness, hunger and inhuman experiments. ‹...› Nina Antonovna Sukhoplyueva (Matsulevich) was one of the few survivors. After the war she has been actively involved into labour and social life of Sarapul (Udmurt Republic), has grown children and grandchildren. With the ache in her heart, with trepidation, Nina Antonovna recollects those horrible years. Her narration vividly demonstrates a truly bestial nature of Nazism. It only remains to carefully retell her recollections relying on a wealthy life experience”.


The presentation of the book will be participated by the representatives of the Ministry of Culture, Press and Information, the Ministry of National Policy of the Udmurt Republic, Military Commissariat of the Udmurt Republic, Udmurt Public Organization of the Veterans of War, Labour, Military Forces and Law Enforcement Agencies, Center for Patriotic Education of Citizens “A Patriot of Motherland”, veterans of the Great Patriotic War.


The presentation will be accompanied by the book exposition “The Destinies of the Belarusian Peoples in the XX Century”. The first section of the exposition — “Belarusian Peoples in the Era of Social Disruption” — reveals the events dating back to the early 20th century (the Revolution of 1917, the Civil War, the Polish intervention, formation of the Belarusian statehood, creation of the BSSR, Western Belarus’s struggle for reunion). The second section — “Belarus during the Great Patriotic War” — portrays the exceptional heroism of the Belarusian people in the face of the first, most horrific attacks of the Nazi troops. Among items on display are encyclopedic editions, works of military historians, memoirs, and fiction. The third section, entitled “Stability, Development, Cooperation: Belarusia’s Place in Today’s World”, displays publications about the post-war period in history of the BSSR and about the independent Republic of Belarus (economic, political, cultural issues, cooperation with Russia, integration into the CIS, search of the international identity).


All are welcome to attend.