These tragic events and other crimes against humanity are remembered every year on 14 June
After nearly ten years of visiting Lithuania and making over 30 visits I have become extremely interested in the history of the country and in particular the period from 1939 to the present day. During my recent photography outing with my colleagues Antanas and Renata to the district of Naujoji Vilnia we came across some transport wagons attached to a huge steam train which had been left as a memorial to all those who were transported to the gulag in Siberia (and other areas) by the Soviet regime. There is also a cross quite poignantly on its side……………..
This kind of train was used for mass deportations during the Stalinist period and many people were deported from this site. There were two groups of deported people: Prisoners sent to GULAG camps as slave labourers, and deportees who should develop isolated regions, also through hard physical labour.
From 1940 to 1953…
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