- I lived with a survivor, the entire family was taken directly from Antolin in the Kresy, to Siberia, she was too young to work in the mine, but remembers, theMessage 1 of 2 , Jul 16, 2011View Source
I lived with a survivor, the entire family was taken directly from Antolin in the Kresy, to Siberia, she was too young to work in the mine, but remembers, the family coming back covered in black soot, washing in cold water before supper and bed Her family was rescued from the work camp by English, when she was 14 years and ended up in an African English Colony of Tanzania? Where the heat was unbearable. Then sent to England. Some of these people never recovered mentally from this. While she was alive, in her senior years, was terrified of the Russians and Germans, there were days where all bags where packed, a seat was taken by the front door and a wait would begin for the trucks to come and take them away. This article gives me a greater insight.
Lenarda from Australia
Workuta! One of the blackest and biggest warts on Mankind! Well beyond the Arctic Circle at 67o latitude north, set in bleak and barren tundra where only carbuncles made by man challenge the skies - slag heaps, like monumental mole hills thrown up by tens of thousands of human moles burrowing the coal seams. In the land of the white "purga", of -50oC temperature in winter and +30oC in summer, where the sun never sets during its two summer months and never rises during its long winters, the land of black coal, coal mines, GULAG camps, prisoners, death… Work-u-t-a! The acronym for "work you to annihilation".
If you would like to read my impressions from travels in Workuta, Arkhangelsk, Murmansk pleaase go to