Vincas Krušas : The various nationalities in the Gulag


What nationalities other than Lithuanians were there in the camp? Oh, there was a majority of Ukrainians, the banderovci. Do you know who the banderovci were? [followers of Stepan Bandera] There were quite a few Estonians. There were Latvians from the SS Division… for the Germans in the SS Division. Young men but intelligent. But the Latvians were… their character was different, incomprehensible! The Estonians, although it was hard to talk to them because they speak Russian poorly, they were all right as people. And perhaps the Latvians were a bit selfish, I don’t know. But in general we got on all right, why shouldn’t we?

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Vincas Krušas in the gulag, 1950
© Vincas Krušas