Thursday, June 13, 2013

Day of Mourning and Hope

Thursday, June 13, 2013
June the 14 marks the day when many innocent Lithuanian people set off on a journey they didn't want to make to see the places they didn't want to see and to die along the way. 1941 June 16 was the day when the Soviet Union started exiling people from Lithuania, including old people and newborn babies, to remote regions of Siberia and work camps called GULAGs (warning: graphic images on this link). The number totals at 18.500 people from this one exile. The exiled people were made to work in forest clearing, railway building, and do other hard work. It was especially difficult to those exiled to uninhabited islands by the Laptev sea. There have been expeditions "Mission Siberia" to visit the graves of the exiled people since 2006.

More info at : The International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania

And it's also an International Bloggers Day.

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