In 1951, the Minister of the MGB Viktor Abakumov came up with a terrible plan – to deport all Jehovah’s Witnesses from 6 republics of the USSR, almost 10,000 people, to Siberia for life. It was the largest religious mass deportation in the history of the entire Soviet Union. This operation was thought out in detail; several ministries and a large number of troops were involved. In early April 1951, late at night, almost all Jehovah’s Witnesses families were visited by military and MGB agents. Our brothers were given only 3 hours to gather their personal belongings. Everything else, including the lands and houses of our brothers, was confiscated! All those believers were loaded into freight cars and had to endure the three-week journey to Siberia. There they were forced to work in extreme conditions.
Some highlights from our interviews with eyewitnesses of this deportation will be shared.