Hundreds of thousands of people from a corner of eastern Europe were forcibly deported as political exiles during two waves of Soviet repression in the 1940s. Many of them died during the journey or in exile. Others returned home with shattered lives. Only a few survive today. "Those Who Remain" tells their stories.
The Stalinist regime devised the deportation program to identify and exile political dissidents from what is now the Republic of Moldova. Those selected, often for reasons having nothing to do with politics, were killed or exiled with their families to remote regions of Kazakhstan and Siberia. Those who survived had to wait years to be liberated. If they managed to return home, they were systematically silenced and shamed by the Soviet and post-Soviet societies. Only recently, long after most of them died, have they been free to speak publicly about their ordeals.
"Those Who Remain" gives voice to these former deportees, and to their children and grandchildren and bears witness to a profoundly important historical event that is little known by the rest of the world, as well as to the lives and deaths of the deportees who lived through it. These survivors have been waiting decades to tell their stories, which are shocking and harrowing, but also inspiring.
See their faces. Listen to their voices. Some are still with us, those who remain.
Regimul stalinist a conceput programul de deportāƒri drept un mijloc de a identifica È™i exila disidenÈ›ii politici din È›ara cunoscutāƒ astāƒzi ca Republica Moldova. Cei selectaÈ›i, uneori pe motive care nu aveau nimic de-a face cu politica, au fost omorÃ¢È›i ori exilaÈ›i Ã®mpreunāƒ cu familiile lor Ã®n regiuni izolate din Siberia È™i Kazahstan. Cei care au supravieÈ›uit au fost nevoiÈ›i sāƒ aÈ™tepte ani buni sāƒ fie eliberaÈ›i. Cei care au reuÈ™it sāƒ se Ã®ntoarcāƒ acasāƒ au fost umiliÈ›i È™i reduÈ™i la tāƒcere Ã®n mod sistematic de cāƒtre societāƒÈ›ile sovietice È™i post-sovietice. Abia de curÃ¢nd, cu mult dupāƒ ce majoritatea dintre ei au murit, le-a fost Ã®ngāƒduit sāƒ vorbeascāƒ liber despre caznele Ã®ndurate.
Proiectul "Cei care au rāƒmas" oferāƒ o voce foÈ™tilor deportaÈ›i, copiilor È™i nepoÈ›ilor lor. Reprezintāƒ dovada unui eveniment istoric de o importanÈ›āƒ considerabilāƒ, prea puÈ›in cunoscut de restul lumii. AceÈ™ti supravieÈ›uitori au aÈ™teptat zeci de ani ca sāƒ-È™i spunāƒ poveÈ™tile, poveÈ™ti care sunt È™ocante È™i cutremurāƒtoare, dar È™i pline de speranÈ›āƒ.
PriviÈ›i-le chipul! AscultaÈ›i-le glasul! Unii se aflāƒ Ã®ncāƒ printre noi, cei care au rāƒmas.