Remembering a legacy of terror

  • 1999-04-01
  • Philip Birzulis
Josef Stalin, one of the century's most evil figures, is reported to have said with vicious cynicism, "one man dying in a traffic accident is a tragedy, but a million dead is just a statistic."On the 50th anniversary of one of the Soviet dictator's worst crimes, Latvians recently paid tribute to the 42,178 people deported to Siberia on March 25, 1949.Commemorative events were held all over Latvia, but the main focus was the Freedom Monument in Riga where a huge wreath and a long carpet of flowers were placed. Olga, a pensioner, said she was there to remember her husband who was deported on ...
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