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By Ilmars Salts

Ilmars Salts was once basically 10 years previous while - at the morning of June 14, 1941 - his father, mom, brother, sister, and grandmother have been woke up of their rural Latvia domestic and placed right into a farm animals educate certain for Siberia. To permit Russification, in a single day on my own, greater than 15,000 males, girls, teenagers and aged have been rounded up and brought to Gulag dying camps and deportation settlements. "A Stolen youth" conjures up image scenes and acts of grave injustice, cruelty and unconscionable inhumanity because the brutal Siberian winters kill deportees, one by one. There aren't any coffins and half-naked corpses are dragged by way of the palms of legs to their ultimate resting position; a baby is buried, nonetheless within the cradle. Dishes are scarce and meals is ladled right into a hat, or without delay onto the desk best. whilst deportees are placed to paintings pulling logs out of the frigid Chulym River, their soaked clothing freeze stiff within the Siberian air, yet guards will not allow them to close to the bonfire - to hasten their dying. There are not any bogs; human waste piles up or is eaten through ravenous pigs or canine. The Salts youngsters, orphaned within the 3rd wintry weather, highly, stand up to the extraordinary hardships and go back to their fatherland as residing witnesses and the keepers of historical past. within the a long time less than the Soviet regime, crimes have been intentionally hushed up. no longer till 1995-96 did the key documents steadily develop into obtainable, and deportees have been loose to discuss their experiences.

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