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Silence Was SalvationChild Survivors of Stalin's Terror and World War II in the Soviet Union$
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Cathy A Frierson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300179453

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300179453.001.0001

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“I have dreamed my entire life, for me this would be a great joy to find my relatives”

“I have dreamed my entire life, for me this would be a great joy to find my relatives”

Maya Rudolfovna Levitina


November 14–15, 2007

(p.190) Chapter Nine “I have dreamed my entire life, for me this would be a great joy to find my relatives”
Silence Was Salvation

Cathy A. Frierson

, Natalia Kholopova
Yale University Press

This chapter describes the account of Maya Rudolfovna Levitina after the arrest of his father during the Great Purge. Maya's father, Rudolf Yakson, was arrested in November 1937 and executed in Leningrad in January 1938. After a year, Maya together with her mother and sibling was exiled from Leningrad and were sent to Danilov, a railroad junction north of Yaroslavl. Maya's mother died because of tuberculosis in 1939, while her younger sister died from diphtheria. Her mother's friend, Dora Mikhailovna Minkina moved to Danilov to take care of her. They settled in Smolensk after the death of Joseph Stalin, the leader of Soviet Union.

Keywords:   Maya Rudolfovna Levitina, Great Purge, Leningrad, Danilov, Dora Mikhailovna Minkina, Joseph Stalin, Soviet Union

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