Survival

Survival
The deported, both incarcerated and resettled, lived in horrendous conditions for a long time. They suffered serious hardships, both physical and emotional. Only the strongest survived and eventually returned to Latvia.

A common tragedy for all the deportees was the loss of their homes, their interrupted lives, shattered families, and loss of hope. Deprived of any rights, humiliated, overworked and half starved, many died. Their only support was from fellow sufferers – a helping hand, a shared morsel of food. Survival depended on physical strength, willpower, religious faith, and the hope of eventually returning to one's country. To keep some semblance of humanity, people strived to maintain their traditions, to play and sing, to do handicrafts and practice other means of self expression.