However, the topic of his research was not only this part of our city. It is much wider.
Sergei Phil, a graduate of Omsk State University in 1982, considers himself an apolitical man. However, the first volume of his five-volume collection of works presented by him in Omsk, nevertheless, concerns politics.
Book by Sergei Phil. A rare postcard depicting the rite of initiation of the boy was chosen as an illustration for the cover
The history of his family, and this is the aspect of his book “From Galicia to Siberia”, is closely linked to the changes that have taken place on the political map of the world. They renamed cities, countries, moved borders.
As a result of difficult perturbations, his Polish grandfather-artist moved from Lviv to Siberian Omsk, where he found his personal happiness by marrying an Omsk woman. In Omsk, Zygmunt-Emil Phil, a graduate of the Vienna Academy of Arts, worked as the chief artist of the Vakhtangov Moscow Theater evacuated to our city.
Theaters with a lot of experience still remember how two troupes – the famous and the provincial local – shared one stage of the now Omsk Academic Drama.
“I am interested in the fate of the exiled Poles, who were here before Ermak, and with Ermak and after him. Under different circumstances. And in this book we are talking about the peculiarities of the appearance of my family members in Siberia. When did this happen? How? What vicissitudes contributed to this. How did they find themselves coming from Austria-Hungary to Siberia? Then they returned to Poland. Then they found themselves in the Soviet Union, ”Mr. Phil briefly gives an annotation to Mr. Phil’s book presented in Pushkin’s library.
The work is subtitled “History of my family.” The local Jewish quarter came to the attention of the author, who was born in Omsk and lived here for part of his life.
We will remind, according to the Internet sources, in the beginning of the XX-th century in Omsk there were two synagogues. They were located on the wide Seminarskaya Street (modern Marshal Zhukov). Solid wooden houses of Jews were located in this area of the city.
The local historian meticulously and lovingly recreated the smallest details of his family’s life wherever it was.
“I wanted to find what I wanted. To be accurate, verified, truthful and at the same time to demonstrate my attitude towards what I mention, ”the author assures.
So Phil even got to his Spanish ancestors, finding out that his name was born in this hot and far from Siberia country. His family has its history from goldsmiths who embroidered Jewish bales (hats).
To be precise, Phil turned to the archives, including not only domestic, but also located in Poland, USA.
“National features take a back seat, and people come to the fore,” says Sergei Fil, who was so meticulous that he picked up 260 illustrations to visualize the text for those who may not be strong in national “chips.”
The book also contains memoirs of the Soviet “Captain Nemo” – Vladislav Dvorzhetsky, the son of the famous actor Vaclav Dvorzhetsky. Vladislav is known to have been born in Omsk in 1939 and lived in Gazetny Lane. By the way, he studied at the prestigious 19th gymnasium, where, according to sources, the son of Governor Burkov is studying.
The meeting and presentation of the work of Sergei Phil was organized by the Center for Local Lore Information of the Omsk Scientific Library of Pushkin. Before the author’s speech, Pushkin’s deputy director, Mr. Sorokin, happily said that the association of local history enthusiasts had returned to face-to-face communication only three months ago.
Natalia Perepelova, a spokeswoman for the Omsk City Council, was spotted at the presentation
Interest in Phil’s work confirmed the demand for the center’s activities in Omsk.
Photo provided by the Omsk Library of Pushkin