European Memories

of the Gulag

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Choosing workers

After travelling more than a month, the deportees finally arrived. The directors of the surrounding kolkhoz had been warned of their arrival and were waiting for them on the quayside. But most of them were disappointed at this group made up almost entirely of women and children. They all rushed to get the healthiest families. On the other hand, the families of women and young children had no takers… but since they had come, they had to be taken away. Austra’s family found themselves in a distant sovkhoz.