The pre-dawn knock on the door echoed throughout all the towns and villages of Lithuania on 14 June 1941. A trio consisting of an NKVD soldier, a local Communist and a KGB man forced their way into the homes of ‘enemies of the state’ and began making arrests.
The Perlovs, a wealthy Jewish-Lithuanian family, were among tens of thousands of Lithuanians from various ethnic groups listed for deportation. Loaded onto military trucks, they were driven to the nearest railway station where sixty cattle trucks waited to take them to the icy wastes of far north Russia as slave labourers.
This is the story of their exile, loss, separation and fight for survival. Much of it is told in their own words against the chaotic background of mid-twentieth history.