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Letter of a Gulag prisoner
Vyatlag, Soviet Union, January 1943
Birch bark
Tukuma muzejs, Tukums, Latvia

Millions of people were affected by forced internal migrations in the Soviet Union under Stalin’s regime during and after the war. This letter, written on the bark of a birch tree by a deported lawyer who had fallen ill while working in the Gulag, speaks of his hope of rejoining his family. He never saw them again.