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About the Book
After the war, there were approximately 300 Displaced Persons Camps in Germany; Insula was one of them. These stories of harrowing escapes, life in the camps and immigrating to other countries have interest for people of Latvian descent, as well as those interested in WWII history.
The first edition of the book is out of print. If you want to obtain a printed copy please contact John Plume at email@example.com.
Ventis and John Plume were born in Latvia before World War II, to a forest ranger and his wife. Under the Soviet occupation in 1941, their father was listed for deportation to Siberia. He escaped arrest by the Soviets on a tip from a friend by going into hiding. In 1944, the family, with thousands of other Baltic refugees, fled the Soviets and traveled to Germany. Thus began a long journey, through the camp at Insula, to a life in a new land.
John and Ventis spent four years of their young lives in the Insula camp. Six decades later, they decided to collect the memories and photographs of their peers who lived in Insula. After several years of research, writing, compiling, and editing, Insula: a Latvian Memoir was published in 2005.
| Second edition INSULA MEMOIR|
with expanded content to be published soon
New stories from Paul O. Kronbergs, Ken Senft, Herta and Marta Askevics Sisters, Feature story by Silvija Zeltins w/contributions from Rolfs and Viktors, her brothers,and Janis Kirsons adventures in the Far East, and a story by Alexis Kelners
New bios of V. Dargevivs, A. Jansons, V.& E. Lauva, E. Paikens, Antons Vrublevskis