Herman Taube

Siberian Life

We traveled in sub-zero Arctic weather,
bundled in cotton-lined coats and fur hats,
to labor camps in remote detention villages.
There we gave first aid to the exiled Europeans
who were beset by plague and disease.

The people here suffered from frostbite and
the crushing burden of stressful hard labor.
Theirs was a difficult, miserable life--

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