Samples of letters smuggled out of the Soviet labour camps have gone on display in Moscow. Urszula was not so lucky. I am not aware of her sending or receiving a single letter during her 10 year sentence. Even after she was released to the settlement of Long Bridge in the Siberian taiga a parcel sent by her sister was “returned to sender”. That is why we still have the address label pictured here. I am not sure how Urszula’s sister knew her address, but I do know that Urszula’s British friend in Long Bridge, Jane Wilton who had been married to a Russian aristocrat, was visited by her Russian daughter – messages travel in mysterious ways in these circumstances.
Some of the samples displayed at the exhibition are heart renderingly beautiful.
The full article maybe read in The Siberian Times at http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/features/f0020-heartrending-letters-from-within-the-soviet-era-siberian-gulags/