European Memories

of the Gulag

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Child working in the forest
© Museum of Genocide Victims, Vilnius
Irina Tarnavska (right) in deportation with her sister and grandmother in 1951
© Irina Tarnavska
Irina Tarnavska (below right) in deportation, 1951
© Irina Tarnavska
Irina Tarnavska (left) with her father and sisters in Siberia
© Irina Tarnavska
Families of resettlers in the wagon taking them to the Krasnoyarsk region in Siberia, October 1951
© Museum of Genocide Victims, Vilnius
Siiri Raitar (top right), in her class in Siberia, 1951
© Siiri Raitar
An Estonian family in Siberia
© Siiri Raitar
A family of resettlers in 1952
© Museum of Genocide Victims, Vilnius
Famille d’un résistant lituanien déportée dans la région d'Irkoutsk en Sibérie, 1949
© Museum of Genocide Victims, Vilnius
Juliana Zarchi (centre) at school in Tajikistan
© Juliana Zarchi
Elèves de l’école de Khara Koutoul, république autonome de Bouriatie, en 1954
© Rimgaudas Ruzgys
Rimgaudas Ruzgys’s mother and sister Regina, 1953
© Rimgaudas Ruzgys
Rimgaudas Ruzgys’s mother and sister with friends
© Rimgaudas Ruzgys
Rimgaudas Ruzgys with children using tree-trunks to cross swamps, 1955
© Rimgaudas Ruzgys
An orphanage for Polish children
© Janina Borysewicz
Funeral of Danuta Woyciechwska’s sister in Kazakhstan
© Danuta Wojciechwska
Siiri Raitar (top, 2nd left), first year at school in Siberia, 1949-1950
© Siiri Raitar
Family of a Lithuanian resistance fighter resettled in the Irkutsk region <br/> in Siberia, 1949
© Museum of Genocide Victims, Vilnius

Growing up in the Gulag

A childhood with the shock of leaving home, the journey without end, the cold, the hunger, the fear, work to have an extra ration card, but also the discovery of an unknown natural world, school, friendship and games shared: that was how children grew up in the Gulag.