The amazing life story of a resident from a nursing home “Merciful Samaritan” from Straseni.

There are people with a special destiny, who got through difficult moments  in their lives and  overcame many obstacles. They managed to keep the light in their souls. Such a person is  the 84-years-old woman Efrosinia from the nursing home “Merciful Samaritan”.

Mrs. Efrosinea was born in a village from southern Moldova. She comes from a family with 5 children. The father was elected three times as mayor until the Bolsheviks came and disspossed the family. In the night of 12 to 13 June 1941, the Russian security police knocked on their door. “That night, three families were deported from our village, among them was our family,” remembers the old woman. At home were only Mrs Efrosinea , her mother and the elder brother and his family. The father was in the orchard. He tended the cherries that he wanted to sell in Romania.

The Bolsheviks have lied them and pretended that they would only go for three months in a camp and return soon. That’s why they have them recommended to take only a few clothes and some food.

It was war, and while the Soviet personnles marched westward, the groups of Moldovan men, women and children were deported to uninhabited places in Siberia, to labor camps . Many did not return, among them the father of Mrs. Efrosinea.

From 13 to 22 June 1941 were deported Mrs. Efrosinea  (then 10 years old), her mother, her brother, his wife and their 3 month old child to a village in Kasahstan. The child did not survive the hellish ride. He died in a stuffy wagon. In Kasahstan they met other moldavian families who were also deported from their homes simply because they were intellectuals and housholders.

They were housed in barracks. In a small room lived 4-5 families. They had to do hard jobs, even the children were not spared. The oldest children were plowing the soil using an oxen. Many were starving. They got 200 g. bread and water twice a day, the other provisions were determined for the front. They had learned Russian after a year and the children were allowed to visit the village school.

Finally, in 1956, three years after Stalin’s death, the Moldavians from Kasahstan were allowed to return to their homes. Immediately after this permission came into force, the mother of Mrs. Efrosinea walked 30 km to the nearest city to submit an application to the authorities and to inform them that her family want to return to Moldova.

Mrs. Efrosinea was already married at that time with a man of German descent. They had two daughters. The young family was glad to return to Moldova.

It was a great joy to see her sister after 15 years. Mrs. Efrosinea and her husband settled in her home. They have built a house and found a job. The husband of Mrs. Efrosinea was a gifted mechanic. He worked as Engeneer for tractors and Mrs. Efrosinea as a portress in the village clinic.

Today Mrs. Efrosinia has only one daughter and five grandchildren, that she loves very much. She decided to go into a nursing home because she doesn´t want to burden her daughter’s family. Her daughter visits her mother regularly.

These 40-50 years are a black period in the history of Moldova. During this time many atrocities have been caused to the Moldovan citizens by Bolsheviks. They wanted to bring equality, but achieved nothing more than political terror, repression, mass deportations, organized starvation, forced collectivization of farmers, devastation and desecration of churches and monasteries that caused the downfall of national heritage.

On the night of 12 to 13 June 1941  31,000 people were arrested and deported. This was the first wave of deportations. Totally  more than 86,000 people from Moldova have suffered in the time of the Soviet occupation.

There are people in the Republic of Moldova that are still feeling the consequences of Soviet occupation.

But we hope for a better future for our country!

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