Ján Antal : Difficulties on her return

 

Ján Antal speaks of his mother, Irena, with great admiration. After her return she had considerable money problems because her nine years working in the Gulag were not recognised by the authorities. She did a succession of odd jobs to survive. She taught Ján how to cook and work. She acted as both mother and father to him.

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Ján, his mother (left) and one of her friends after their return
© Ján Antal