Saturday, January 30, 2010

Link on "German" Woman Deported to Tajikistan by Stalin

Here is a link to a very interesting article on a woman deported from Lithuania to Tajikistan by the Stalin regime because it viewed her as an ethnic German. Her mother was German and German is her native language. However, her father was a Lithuanian Jew and her mother formally converted to Judaism to marry him. She was born in Lithuania in 1938 and deported to Tajikistan in 1944. At any rate the story is a very good example of the proliferation of multiple identities in Central Europe during the 20th century. The woman in the story considers herself to be in various ways German, Jewish and Lithuanian.

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