Video: Book-launch party for Ivonka Survila`s memoirs held in Minsk

A launch party for a book of memoirs penned by Ivonka Survila, the Canadian-based head of the Belarusian National Republic (BNR)’s Rada (government in exile), took place in Minsk on the evening of March 17.

Titled Daroha (The Path), the memoirs focus on the fate of the Belarusian emigrant Shymanets and Survila families closely connected with the BNR Rada, Belarusians communities abroad and Belarus itself.

“Although the book is not too thick, it can be adapted into a movie, our children can be taught history based on it,” Lyavon Barshchewski, leader of the Belarusian Popular Front, said at the event.

He thanked the Belarusian service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty for publishing the book ahead of the BNR’s 90th anniversary to be marked on March 25.

Alyaksandr Lukashuk, director of the radio network’s Belarusian service, said that the memoirs were based on a series of pieces prepared by Ms. Survila for the radio show “Modern Memoirs.”

Writer Uladzimir Arlow said that the book depicted “the path of a woman, an artist, a politician who has always remained a Belarusian despite all hardships.”