Category Archives: Bessarabia

The longing for Bessarabia

Today my heart was filled with desire: I was overwhelmed by my longing for Chisinau, a beautiful city in Eastern Europe, the capital of present day Moldova, and the place where I felt truly alive. It is a strange thing … Continue reading

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Human dignity and a kiss: a story from the Gulag

Ion Moraru spent years in the Gulag. You can read here one of his stories, published in Do Not Avenge Us. Ion Moraru, recollecting the stories of his life. During all this time, the thought to escape had not left … Continue reading

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The Death of a Grandma after Years in the Gulag

We are getting very close to the publishing of Do Not Avenge Us, the book with testimonies of Romanian from Bessarabia deported to Siberia. It will come out in a month or so. Since I am reading the final edits, … Continue reading

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Praise and the evil eye

  After two hours in a shuttle from Chisinau to Bucharest, we took a break at a gas station. Just in front of my seat, a woman was holding her 6 months old baby in her arms. We came out … Continue reading

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The Happiest Day in Siberia — the Death of Stalin

This is another fragment from Do Not Avenge Us: Testimonies from the Sufferings of Romanians from Bessarabia. Here, Margareta Cemârtan-Spânu remembers the day when they found out that Stalin had died. Stalin died on March 5th, 1953. He is considered responsible for the … Continue reading

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The Deportations of July, 1949: the Road to Siberia

July 6th, 1949–a new wave of deportation to Siberia. Transported in train cars for cattle, many die on the road. This story is through the eyes of Margareta Cemârtan Spânu. They gathered all of us in the evening and pushed … Continue reading

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An encounter with Solzhenitsyn

I was planning to no longer post from Do Not Avenge Us! (the book with testimonies of people deported in Siberia by the communists), but this story is too interesting :). Ion Moraru encounters Solzhenitsyn in the Gulag. The meeting took place a … Continue reading

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"An orphan child is only a bitter tear, a bird without wings"

A fragment from Do Not Avenge Us: Testimonies about the Suffering of Romanians deported from Bessarabia to Siberia.    I wrote this story so that people know what communism was, what it brought, especially to us, Bessarabians. Even today there are … Continue reading

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Deportation to Siberia: "food for the wolves"

This is another story of deportation from Do Not Avenge Us. I have mentioned Margareta Cemârtan-Spânu’s stories before. She wrote the story with the apple with the scent from home. Here, she remembers the moment when the Bolsheviks came to their house … Continue reading

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"We had no food"

This fragment from Do Not Avenge Us is written by Tamara Oala Plesca, from whom I posted before. The family was in Siberia, after they were deported by the Bolsheviks. Left with no food and no means to provide for themselves, … Continue reading

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