European Memories

of the Gulag


A repressed memory

“Neither Mum or Dad would talk about it. They died ten years ago and I hardly ever heard them talk about it. What I know is what I enquired about or established from documents.


What interests people is the tragic dimension of this experience. I understand that… but I have had a successful life, I work, I head an extraordinary team, we all get on very well here. You know, the burden of deportation, I didn’t really feel it, I must say that my parents never really went on about it. My father always said, you must study, you must work. But, of course, each family had its own destiny.”