Witness Memories Of Deportation


In modern historical science, the study of the 'subtle' everyday activities of an 'ordinary' person in 'unusual' conditions is of heightened interest. The issue of deportation is no exception. One of the relevant directions in the study of everyday life is the memories of deported peoples. In the paper, based on the source material, the author has shown the tragic pages in the life of the Chechen people associated with deportation. Deportation is an unhealed wound in the heart of the Chechen people. The memories of the witnesses cited by the author show both the inhumanity of the authorities and the desire of the doomed to survive in any situation. Their memories reflect the atmosphere in which they had to survive at the most difficult time. Statistical data indicate a high mortality rate in the first years of deportation due to the dire consequences of forced resettlement. Special settlers, heads of families or persons substituting them, were obliged to inform the NKVD about all changes in the family composition within three days. Thus, the deported peoples, including the Chechen people, were completely at the mercy of the special commandant's offices. According to agent's reports, Chechens were persecuted even for the idea of an offense against the Soviet regime, which was viewed as an anti-Soviet speech. However, the deported Chechen people, like other peoples, overcame moral and material hardships to survive and preserve their ethnic culture.

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Tsutsulaeva, S. S., & Yangulbaeva, E. M. (2021). Witness Memories Of Deportation. In D. K. Bataev, S. A. Gapurov, A. D. Osmaev, V. K. Akaev, L. M. Idigova, M. R. Ovhadov, A. R. Salgiriev, & M. M. Betilmerzaeva (Eds.), Social and Cultural Transformations in The Context of Modern Globalism, vol 117. European Proceedings of Social and Behavioural Sciences (pp. 2600-2605). European Publisher. https://doi.org/10.15405/epsbs.2021.11.343