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…One equal temper of heroic hearts,Made weak by time and fate, but strong in willTo strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.Alfred Lord Tennyson, Ulysses
The exhibition is dedicated to the courage and resilience of all the participants of the 1941-1945 Northern Convoys. For four years, thousands of sailors, pilots and port workers from different countries were involved in one of the largest and most dangerous allied operations of the Great Patriotic War and World War II, delivering strategic goods to the Soviet Union that was fighting against fascism.
It is no coincidence that the epigraph to the exhibition is an excerpt from a poem by A. Tennyson, which for many years has served as a symbol of fortitude and willingness to pass any ordeals on the way to one's goal. Just as the mythological Odysseus (Ulysses), participants of the Northern Convoys did everything in their power to achieve a common goal - victory over fascism, and just as surely each of them in the harsh conditions of the Arctic longed for his Motherland. These lines are an epigraph to the novel HMS Ulysses by Alistair MacLean (the Scottish writer and participant in the Northern Convoys), an extract from which was in turn taken as an epigraph to the novel Requiem for Convoy PQ-17 by Valentin Pikul, a Soviet writer, participant in the Great Patriotic War in the Northern Fleet.
The aim of the exhibition is to draw attention to the aesthetic and historical significance of works of art in the study of the history of the Northern Convoys. Through the artists' works, which often convey the very nuances of real events of the war at sea, naval battles, alliance and joint struggle, we want to present to the public the symbols and values which united the peoples of the USSR and other countries for the sake of victory, and to trace possible trends and changes in these symbols and values over time and with the succession of generations.