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Music and dance

“Imagine, at our age, we had come back from the terrible taiga and we were off dancing. We went dancing and the Lithuanians played the accordion. Youth is something incomprehensible, something that helps people survive. I can tell you that the Lithuanians saved a generation of Latvians with their love for music, they did!”

Often, despite the restrictions and difficulties of daily life, the young deportees managed to set time aside for relaxation and fun.