A must read ! Fantastic story
The gentleman pictured above is Augusts Vaidziba (1882-1941). He was the former Mayor of a little city in Latvia called Durbe. He was the town’s pharmacist and a member of the National Guard. A prosperous man, he owned a beautiful house and a profitable orchard. Augusts had two daughters, Anita and Zenta, and a wife named Maija.
Anita Sofia was already married in 1941. Zenta was still at home with her parents when the Soviets, during the sick era of Stalin, marched into Latvia in 1940. On June 14, 1941, a day that still lives in Latvian infamy, as well it should, the Soviets, who had compiled lists of possible “enemies,” rounded up 15,000 Latvian people. Their property was appropriated by the occupiers and the people, including Augusts, Maija and Zenta, were shipped to Siberia in cattle cars.
This was nothing…
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