WHAT WILL TOMORROW BRING?
What will tomorrow bring for Viga’s mother, now pregnant with Bogdan’s baby? Today, in Podcast #6 of VOICE FROM AN URN, we join her and her husband as they meet with the consulate to decide where they will go when they leave the German labour camps now that World War 2 is over. And wherever they go, what kind of life will she and her baby have with her mentally and physically abusive husband? Below is an excerpt from Chapter 4 of “Voice from an Urn”. To hear the full chapter, and a snippet from the song “Black and Blue”, dedicated to abuse victims and written and performed live by Viga Boland’s daughter, Victoria Boland, listen to the full podcast on this site or subscribe on the links provided below. If you would like to hear the full song of “Black and Blue”, interpreted in a video, see this link: https://youtu.be/2mS97UgiwIw
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“That’s us!” Bogdan says. “They’re calling our number. Come on. Hurry up.”
I lift myself heavily off the chair, feeling the weight of the baby inside me. It won’t be long now. We sit down in front of the desk. I don’t understand any of what the man opposite us is saying but Bogdan does. He’s quite good at speaking English. The man is showing us a map of the world.
“These are your choices,” the man says. “These countries are accepting immigrants. You can go to the United States, Canada or Australia. Or, you can return to Poland if you really want to. Where do you want to go?”I try to understand what Bogdan tells the man but I just sit there wide-eyed like the dumb ox Bogdan calls me. I can’t help it that I never got past Grade 4 in school. I couldn’t keep my mind on schoolwork and failed a couple of years after my uncle raped me at his house one afternoon. I never told my mother what her brother had done. Bogdan doesn’t know about it either. He still thinks he married a virgin and I’m too ashamed…and scared…to[…]”
Excerpt From: Viga Boland. “Voice from an Urn: No Tears for my Father: Part III.”
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