“They were called up for the legion. They came for the leave, and did not return to the front, stayed here, those were those forest brothers. But then they stayed in the woods, and when the Russians called up, they did not go either. They were arrested. Yes, yes, that was the year forty-seven – Stalin issued the amnesty. They could leave the woods and live freely. If they left. But the amnesty, I think, comprised such an article – if you had not committed such and such crime. But those men were such – secretly, it was said, they didn’t sleep at nights! The director in Mežvidi estate was an active communist. Here you go – he was shot! Another, one, one household somewhere, in the other direction, was burned down. Such were his sins. And, as it happened, the amnesty took place, but, I think, with the remark, that if there was no, if you had not done wrong. And, they were found after some time. And, recently, a book has been published in the library, all those arrested, as well as the dates when they died are listed. And after, after a year or two in Siberia, in the North, they died, no people anymore!
Researcher: Dr. philol. Gatis Ozoliņš, Daugavpils Universitāte