Dear Hania et al,
I suspect that once word got out that people who were going by train to the far eastern reaches of Russia were being incarcerated, tortured, worked to death and otherwise abused and murdered, "Siberia" became a phrase that elicited fear and dread in the people who were heading there.
Most people I've talked to who were in Siberia during those years can't believe they survived when they talk about it now.
Anne Kaczanowski <annekaczanowski@...> wrote:
I used to find this confusing as well. I know a family who was deported on Feb.19, 1940 from near Medyka--Przemysl area....they travelled on the train 3 weeks to Novosybirsk and then onto Krasnoyarsk....and then to a posiolek called Pima till amnesty...and
finally to Kazakhstan.
But in all these travels when they spoke of the journey they said "We were taken to Siberia"....so it can be confusing to a new searcher. I think bondage and anything east of Poland...in Russia....people referred to as Siberia.
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