September 3, 2013 Tashkent hosted a presentation of the new travel guide “Witnesses of Stalinist Purges in Tashkent: Architecture and People” – the result of three-year work carried out by the Institute of History of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan, the “Uzbektourizm” National Company and the Museum “In memory of the victims of repressions”. This project would not have received a due development without the support of the German branch of the Association of Public Universities and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
The authors of the project organized a fascinating tour, bringing together journalists, representatives of travel agencies and tourists. The guide told them about the little-known events in the capital’s history, associated with repressions during the 20's - 50’s of the XX century.
Particularly, a route, the former political prisoners had to make from prison to the place of their execution in Tashkent, and also the mass graves discovered during the Tashkent TV tower construction and many other interesting facts were demonstrated.
Special attention was given to national minorities, deported from their historical places of residence at the same period. So, for example, the Theatre named after Alisher Navoi was built by Japanese prisoners of war, while the Theater named after Mukimi was built by a Korean community deported from the Far East.
The Guide presentation held under the slogan “To Know to Remember” is an important event in the tourism and education sectors. The Museum “In memory of the victims of repressions” hosted a presentation which demonstrated alternative tours for pupils, students and foreign tourists, as well as the Guide on-line versions. At a later stage this tour is planned to introduce on a regular basis for educational institutions and include tour itinerary in Tashkent.