The Fate of the Children [3:04]
When students, her father and mother began attending a Trotskyite group’s meetings. After Trotsky was named an enemy of the Revolution, Trotskyites throughout the country were arrested. Her parents were arrested in 1928 and sent in exile to Uzbekistan. There, in 1930, Elda was born. Her father was executed in exile.
The touching interview of Elda is a confirmation of the fate of the children of repressed parents, and gives us a shocking description of this cruel reality.
Elda Veselova’s Interview
According to the law – there was this law where children when they turned three, were taken away and brought to an orphanage. To a special orphanage in Arkhangelsk. By the way, that’s where they sent Irochka, the daughter of Galina Stepanovna Wolf. She was later able to take her away from there herself.
So they, all of these children, they weren’t even three yet – they were still really little. They were accompanied, along with escorts, by Voit...
The fate of children of repressed parents
The Soviet government looked after neglected children and orphans – and there were many of them since the beginning, after the Civil War – giving them shelter, food, a profession and a start in the world. The children knew only that the authorities were taking care of them. But they never guessed that they were left orphans because of that very same caring government, since if there hadn’t been the revolution, the parents of these little thiev...
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