This article is a primary exploration of memory about deportations from theWestern borderlands of the Soviet Union, and particularly from Lithuania, in the 1940s. Its aim is to pinpoint the main issues and to give a general overview of questions for further research. In the first place, I analyze the specific traits of memory on deportation and offer a short overview of the history of forced displacement in the USSR. The central point of the article is an analysis of the stories told by former Lithuanian deportees. They were interviewed in the course of the project "European Memories of the Gulag" (http://museum.gulagmemories.eu) and provided valuable – if often contradictory – insights on ways of coping with and remembering the experience of being uprooted.Such testimonies provide a solid starting point for research on the memory of deportation that could challenge the homogenizing view of state-produced sources about forced displacement. In conclusion, possible theoretical approaches to the study of this memory are suggested.
|Journal||Журнал исследований социальной политики|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
- special settlements
- forced migration
- Soviet history
- politics of memory