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By Ilmars Salts

ISBN-10: 162137145X

ISBN-13: 9781621371458

Ilmars Salts used to be in basic terms 10 years outdated whilst - at the morning of June 14, 1941 - his father, mom, brother, sister, and grandmother have been woke up of their rural Latvia domestic and positioned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 livestock teach certain for Siberia. To let Russification, in a single day on my own, 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 formative years" 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 by means of 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. while 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 bathrooms; human waste piles up or is eaten through ravenous pigs or canines. The Salts teenagers, orphaned within the 3rd iciness, particularly, face 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 until eventually 1995-96 did the key data steadily develop into obtainable, and deportees have been unfastened to talk about their experiences.

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