On the sea cost in Juodkrantė, 8th. July 1956

326, Ieva Toleikytė-Biržienė

This picture is a typical memory photo. A situation is captured here which was worthy of being remembered. In the summer of 1956, the Soviet administration opened the way to the Curonian Spit, a peninsula in the Baltic Sea which up to that point had been closed to the civilian population. The peninsula, which before the war had been a popular health resort, could now once again be visited – yet with strict limitations and restrictions. The photo makes clear that there was an interest in visiting it right away. Normally the local German inhabitants (Memellander) would not allow themselves to be photographed with foreign Soviet soldiers. Here in the border region, where up to that point taking photographs had been strictly forbidden, one simply included the guards in the photograph.

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