Spring 2006 (14.1)
Stalin's Purges - No One Left Untouched
It's true that not a
single family in Azerbaijan was left untouched by Stalin's repression.
In the village where my parents come from 90 percent of the men
were repressed. My great grandfather Jabbarov, along with his
four brothers, were all shot to death in 1937. Imagine! There
wasn't even a trial. No one ever knew what these relatives were
accused of. Perhaps, it was because the village - Gullubulag
in the Amasya region - bordered Turkey.
Maybe Stalin was afraid that those men would unite with the Turks.
Still it is amazing that they were shot to death, instead of
being exiled or sent to slave labor camps. But that was 1937
and 1938. Later on, they began to use people as free labor in
remote places like Kazakhstan and Siberia to develop the natural
resources like timber and gold. Anyway, it's all so sad and,
deep inside us, we never forget.
Aisha Jabbarova, 22, Baku
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