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The Hot Summer of 1941
By Feliks Kaplun
July, the heat...
The German army is rapidly moving into the interior of Ukraine ...
Jewish family: 50-year-old father, 22-year-old daughter and 8-year-old younger son try to escape into the depths of the Soviet Union from the small Ukrainian town of Slavuta.
Their way is not easy and small: Slavuta - Shepetivka - Rakitnoe in Ukraine. Morozovskaya stanitsa of the Rostov region in Russia, then through the Volga near Stalingrad by the rail road to Kazakhstan to the village of Zhana-Aryk of the Kzyl-Orda region, then the station Tyumen-Aryk of the same region, the district center of Leninsk, Fergana region of Uzbekistan. And finally in November 1944, they were able return to Slavuta.
It was 3 years and 4 months of torment, hunger, cold, disease, loss.
But also it was 3 years and 4 months of greatness of spirit!
First on horses, then on a train they move east from the oncoming avalanche.
This is a story written from the memories of an 8-year-old boy ... 63 years after the events.
This boy is my father, who died in 2004, not completing the whole story ... But even these crumbs give an impression of what happened and how it happened.
Just one family ... and this is only the beginning of this awful event, called EVACUATION.
This terrible and happy story as ordinary people could pass half of the Soviet Union, starves, stay without parents and ... be saved.
Unfortunately, my father took up the pen too late ... But even these crumbs show how people fought for themselves and emerged victorious in this struggle.
Peace is upon them.
Thank you my dear Dad, Aunt Leah, unknown grand-pa Fishl and grand-ma Malka!
I LOVE YOU ALL!