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The Latvian scarf

Diāna tells the story of the typically Latvian scarf that she took with her on the second deportation. That scarf got her out of the toughest work. Another Latvian woman deportee recognised her as a compatriot and showed her what to do so as not to be sent to a forestry kolkhoz and be allowed to study. This national solidarity based on a detail of clothing was a salvation for Diāna and so she avoided being exiled to an even more remote and unpleasant place.