But the key issue in Peterâ€™s blog needs amplification. He notes Nina Markovonaâ€™s memoir and quotes
One point that emerges quickly is the sheer scale and nightmare intensity of Stalinâ€™s purges. One of Markovnaâ€™s childhood memories is of â€¦watching her mother and her aunt agreeing instantly to part forever after her uncleâ€™s deportation and death, fearing that further contact would attract informers and doom their children. Her uncleâ€™s crime: dressing a Christmas tree.