Lina brings photos of her family among her meager possessions when she is deported, as do many of the other deportees. Images of family members give the deportees strength and comfort throughout the treachery of their journey. When they come together to celebrate Christmas, they share the photos and stories of their families. Though the NKVD seeks to break the spirits of the deportees by branding them criminals, starving them, and giving them no shelter or supplies, the photos remind them who they are living for and who they were before they were deported. The photos provide important memories of the humanity and good in the world that exists beyond the camp, thus giving the deportees something to live for beyond merely the sake of survival.
Family Photos Quotes in Between Shades of Gray
I grabbed our family photo and stuffed it up my dress. I would hide it on the way to the kolkhoz office. Kretszky didn’t notice. He stood motionless, holding his rifle, staring at all the photographs.