Memories of deportation (1943–1956)


AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND EXILE IN SIBERIA

Description: Galina Goryaeva shares memories about her life, her experiences as a folk singer during the Soviet era and the deportation of Kalmyks to Siberia. On the way to Siberia, many young and old people died in the freight wagons from exposure to disease, cold and hunger. She recalls the suffering of those first lonely years in exile, the hardest time for Kalmyks, when they had to exchange their clothes and valuable possessions for food.

Cite as: Biínʹ bolýn Sivɪrtə́ tuugdylγná tuskár – Autobiography and exile in Siberia; performer: Galina Goryaeva, camera/ interview: Thede Kahl, Ioana Nechiti, interview assistant: Olga Erendzhenova, transcription/ translation/ editor: Chingis Azydov, retrieved from www.oeaw.ac.at/VLACH, ID-number: kalm1244RUV0009a.

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ABOUT THE LIFE IN SIBERIAN EXILE

Description: Boris Boktaev reminisces about his years in exile in Siberia, where almost all Kalmyks who were placed with him in a village died from disease. He remembers the kindness of many Russians who helped Kalmyks to survive, but also mentions occasions in which local people were cruel to them.

Cite as: Sivrín tuuvyrtə́ bääsɪ́n cagín tuskə́ – About the life in Siberian exile; performer: Boris Boktaev, camera/ interview: Ioana Aminian, interview assistant: Feliks Shorvaev, transcription/ translation/ editor: Chingis Azydov, retrieved from www.oeaw.ac.at/VLACH, ID-number: kalm1244RUV0010b.

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ABOUT THE DEPORTATION AND LIFE IN SIBERIAN EXILE

Description: Anna Erdneeva recalls the day of deportation and the life of her family during Siberian exile. Early in the morning on the 28th December 1943 they were taken with the other Kalmyks and brought to a railway station, where they were placed in a train with red wagons and sent to Siberia. They arrived at one village and lived there on a stud farm. There, they would eat oilcake and used to exchange their belongings for food. A few months later they were taken to a fishing town in the Surgut region. There they lived better, particularly as they had access to and were able to eat fish.

Cite as: Sivrín tuskə́ todylvýr – About the deportation and life in Siberian exile;performer: Anna Erdneeva, camera/ interview: Ioana Aminian, interview assistant: Viktoriia Mukabenova, transcription/ translation/ editor: Chingis Azydov, retrieved from www.oeaw.ac.at/VLACH, ID-number: kalm1244RUV0022a

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