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By Ilmars Salts

ISBN-10: 162137145X

ISBN-13: 9781621371458

Ilmars Salts was once basically 10 years outdated whilst - at the morning of June 14, 1941 - his father, mom, brother, sister, and grandmother have been woke up of their rural Latvia domestic and positioned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 sure for Siberia. To let Russification, in a single day by myself, greater than 15,000 males, girls, young ones and aged have been rounded up and brought to Gulag dying 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 via the fingers of legs to their ultimate resting position; a baby is buried, nonetheless within the cradle. Dishes are scarce and foodstuff 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 dying. There aren't any bathrooms; human waste piles up or is eaten via ravenous pigs or canines. The Salts little ones, orphaned within the 3rd iciness, tremendously, face up to the extraordinary hardships and go back to their place of birth as residing witnesses and the keepers of heritage. within the many years lower than the Soviet regime, crimes have been intentionally hushed up. no longer until eventually 1995-96 did the key data progressively develop into available, and deportees have been unfastened to talk about their experiences.

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