Susanne has passed on some of her family history. The Soviet deportations
continued for many years after the war, and no people were immune from the
Soviet's calm and efficiently brutal terror.
> Did you have a "Kazakhstan deportation" connection?
Yes, my father's first cousin, Olya Klimkovych (father Ivan Klimkovych), was
arrested in 1949. Someone turned her in to the secret police. She said she
was put on trial in Moscow by a three man judicial body. She was not there
and there were no witnesses. She was sentenced to 10 years and sent to
Kingir in the Karaganda region of Kazakhstan.
She told me of the strike in 1954 by the prisoners, the Kirgin Uprising.
The strike was for 42 days, planes were sent in over the camp using tear gas
and then soldiers were sent in to end it all. Some 750 prisoners were
She was ill at the time and sent by train to Taishet Russia then returned to
Karaganda. She was at the camp until 1956 when she finally released under
the amnesty and was given 12 rubles and a train ticket to return to her
village of Czercze.
I would like to learn about her arrest and dates, and all circumstance. She
is still alive, but remembers little now to talk about. I visited with her
twice in Ukraine and write her often. She gets a lot mixed up and is
confused about dates and details.
Her husband was also arrested and sent to a GULAG. Yaroslav Darmitz' was
arrested on October 27, 1948 under article 54-1a, 54-11. He was sentenced
to 25 years. They sent him to Vorkutlag, arriving on May 1, 1949. The
amnesty released him on March 24, 1956. He died, October 23, 1995, unable
to remember and talk about his time in the camp. He was in very poor
health. He had once been a pharmacist in Rohatin.
I have tried to find all I could about the GULAG camps and conditions. Also
the criminal code they were arrested under.
I want to know it ALL.
Susanne M. Saether