Irina Tarnavska : Arrest

 

Arrest

“Someone knocked at the door. Mother asked, “Who’s there?” They said, “Open up! We’re friends.” Mother opened the door. Armed men, soldiers, came in and said to Mother, “Get ready, we’re taking you where the polar bears live!”

Mother began crying and did not get ready. She had long braids. He caught Mother by the hair and pulled her. Mother fell down and he dragged her to the sledge. There was a lot of snow, probably more than 50 centimetres. So they dragged us away with Mother, we were aged 10, 7 and the youngest 5, and we got ourselves ready.”

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Irina Tarnavska, her grandmother and sister
© Irina Tarnavska