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By Ilmars Salts

Ilmars Salts was once purely 10 years previous whilst - 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 livestock educate certain for Siberia. To let Russification, in a single day on my own, greater than 15,000 males, girls, childrens and aged have been rounded up and brought to Gulag dying camps and deportation settlements. "A Stolen youth" inspires photo scenes and acts of grave injustice, cruelty and unconscionable inhumanity because the brutal Siberian winters kill deportees, one by one. There are not 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 at once 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 death. There are not any bogs; human waste piles up or is eaten through ravenous pigs or canine. The Salts little ones, orphaned within the 3rd wintry weather, exceedingly, stand up to the intense hardships and go back to their place of birth as dwelling witnesses and the keepers of historical past. within the many years less than the Soviet regime, crimes have been intentionally hushed up. now not until eventually 1995-96 did the key files progressively turn into available, and deportees have been unfastened to discuss their experiences.

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