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I found the experience of my visit very moving and emotionally intense. I, myself, am quite familiar with the horrors of the Gulag since I am of Lithuanian background and have friends and relatives who have lost their immediate family members in the Siberian camps or have served in Soviet prisons as political prisoners. One in particular I was happy to see on prominent dissdents' display was Balys Gajauskas, a well known Lithuanian dissident who refused to yield and dissist from his political activities and, as a result, served very long prison sentences.

On a personal note, my mother used to send packages to imprisoned Lithuanian prisoners in Siberia and she once asked me if I could send one of my mountain climbing jackets which I did with the request that it would be mailed specifically to Balys Gajauskas.

Thanking you for a magnificent exhibit,

Val Raugas

June 26, 2006

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