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Children of France: Taken to the USSR, forgotten in BelarusWhen she set out on a boat for the USSR with her family some 70 years ago, Yanina Stashko had no idea she would never see her native France again. Like millions of others, mainly from continental Europe but also Britain and the United States, Stashko's family was tempted "home" to the Soviet Union by a postwar propaganda drive.In the 1920s, Stashko's father had moved from what is now western Belarus to France along with his wife.The region in Belarus from where his family originated had become a part of the USSR – at home, family members would read Soviet newspapers, which were full of propaganda, and talk about what life would be like on the other side of the Iron Curtain.After the Soviet Union broke up in the early 1990s, the link to France was lost again.
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