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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 positioned right into a farm animals teach sure for Siberia. To permit Russification, in a single day by myself, greater than 15,000 males, girls, little ones and aged have been rounded up and brought to Gulag demise camps and deportation settlements. "A Stolen youth" inspires picture 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 via the palms of legs to their ultimate resting position; a child is buried, nonetheless within the cradle. Dishes are scarce and foodstuff is ladled right into a hat, or at once onto the desk most sensible. 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 aren't any bogs; human waste piles up or is eaten by way of ravenous pigs or canine. The Salts youngsters, orphaned within the 3rd wintry weather, particularly, stand up to the intense hardships and go back to their place of origin as residing witnesses and the keepers of historical past. within the many years below the Soviet regime, crimes have been intentionally hushed up. now not till 1995-96 did the key information progressively develop into available, and deportees have been loose to talk about their experiences.

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