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10-dec.-2015 19:00

Story of Interhelpo

The Embassy of Kyrgyz Republic in Belgium with the support of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Belgium and the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Belgium cordially invite you to the opening of the photo exhibition „Story of Interhelpo“ which will take place on 10th December at 7pm at the Gallery of the Czech Centre Brussels, Avenue Adolphe Buyl 150. RSVP: brussels@embassy.mzv.cz

The Interhelpo was a cooperative of Czechoslovak workers and farmers (also Esperantists and Idists) established with the aim of helping to build socialism in Kyrgyz Soviet Socialist Republic. The story starts by their departure from Žilina in 1923 and ends in 1943. Among those who left was Alexander Dubcek then 3 years old boy. Interhelpo workers built many industrial facilities like an electric power station, a textile factory, a melting-house, a furniture factory, railroads, hospitals, main government building in the capital of Kyrgyzstan. In 1925, the Interhelpo was declared the best cooperative in the USSR. In 1934 it made 20 percent of Kyrgyzstan's industrial products. At the end many workers fell victims of Stalinist purges and some of them were executed. Cooperative itself was liquidated but is warily remembered in today´s Kyrgyzstan. ­The exhibition will feature documentary photography of the Central State Archive of Film and Photo Documents of the Kyrgyz Republic (1925 -1957).

Where: Gallery of the Czech Centre, Avenue Adolphe Buyl 150, 1050 Bruxelles

When: 10th December 2015 at 7PM



150-152 Avenue Adolphe Buyl
1050 Bruxelles / Brussel


10-dec.-2015 19:00

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