With Dance Shoes in Siberian Snows
Translated by Margita Gailitis
Kalniete's book is a moving and eloquent testimony to her family and to the Latvian nation—to their shared fate during more than fifty years of occupation. It is an indictment of the inhuman repression of both the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. Above all, it is the story of human survival, and it has become the most-translated Latvian book in recent history.
Nb of pages 370 p.
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9781564785459
Publication Date 01 April 2009
Nb of pages 370
Dimensions 5.9 x 8.8 x 1.9 in.
List Price $25.00
On Monday, June 17, 1940, my father Aivars together with his brother and mother Milda were at the Jumprava Manor. While his mother and grandmother were taking sugar beets, Aivars was playing without a care in the world on the shore of River Daugava. His brother Arnis, in infantile innocence, was rolling around on a blanket laid out on the grass. It was a day like any other at the Jumprava Manor. Nothing pointed to the fact that the inevitable had already happened and that Soviet armed forces had invaded Latvia. Milda's mother did not have a radio in the house. Nor did the immediate neighbours have one, thus the only operative source of information about current events was not accessible. In the evening the family when to bed as usual. The shocking news became known only the next day. Aivars had noticed several Latvian army aircraft land in the Jumprava Manor fields and with boyish curiosity had run to look at the planes. From the agitate talk of the pilots and the nearest neighbouring men, he learned for the first time that Russians had entered Riga, that there were tans in the station square, that in the Mosowite suburb people were walking around with red flags. . . Today, in an era of information overload, it is hard to understand that on June 17 many of the country people in Latvia were in a similar situation as the Kalnietis family, and knew nothing of the tragic events in Riga. Even listening to the radio would not have helped much, because the medium was already controlled by the Soviet armed forces. Reliable information about what was happening could also not be obtained from newspapers.
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Genres : Fiction : Europe : Baltic
Genres : Nonfiction, Biographies and Memoirs : Memoirs
Countries : Latvia