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Poem introduction

This is the last of the 'Wire Through the Heart' poems - it's called 'Malenki Robot' which in Russian, or rather in the Hungarian version of the Russian phrase, 'malenki robot' is 'a little light work'. The Red Army rounded up about a tenth of the men and put them in camps for what they described as three days' light work. Some of them were there two, three years, many of them never came back. This is about a man I spoke to who had this experience and this is what he said.

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