Val explains what happened after the Communists occupied Lithuania in Summer 1940. The secret police turned every aspect of life upside down with purges. Val's family had their property confiscated and were listed for deportation to a Siberian slave labour camp as 'capitalist enemies of the people'. When the Nazis invaded, 14 members of Val's family gathered to decide whether to flee into Russia or stay and try to survive under the Nazis. They opted to stay. Val was the only one of the 14 to survive.

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