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The Victims Return: Survivors of the Gulag After Stalin

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Joseph Stalin's reign of terror in the Soviet Union has been called "the other holocaust." Over the course of 24 years, more innocent men, women, and children perished than died in Hitler's murder of European Jews. This book originated 30 years ago when Stephen F. Cohen, a professor of Russian studies and history at New York University, first began researching the lives of ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 13th 2010 by PublishingWorks (first published September 1st 2010)
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Charles Weinblatt
In 1929, Stalin began his ruthless purge, imprisoning and murdering millions of innocent Russians. It began in the countryside, as Stalin attempted to collectivize 125 million peasants. From 1936-1939, Stalin’s effort to “cleanse” the nation descended upon Russia’s cities. Almost two million people were arrested. Virtually half of them were shot. The rest entered Stalin’s immense gulag, stretching from the Ukraine to Siberia and Kazakhstan.

During Stalin’s reign, from 1926 to 1953, up to 20 mill
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Linda
A very moving book on the return of innocent people from the horrifying torturings and work camps and prisons during the Stalinist purges of the 20th century. Goes into detail during the Khrushchev years - the releasing of the prisoners plus the condemnations of Stalin. During the present day there is however still a large segment of the population that reveres Stalin - and a debate that will continue well into the future as descendants want to learn more of what their families (both the accused ...more
団地 妻
Wonderful but too short a book about some Gulag victims/survivors the author met and interviewed over the years. Very disturbing, sad and happy at times. Excellent read!
Doug Hauser
Was not a real page turner but gave me a good little history lesson about Russia after Stalin. Kruschev's role in freeing many of the political prisoners from Stalin's terror. The back and forth love hate relationship that the Russian people have with Stalin. Not to be lost is the heroic efforts of people in Russia to try and bring the terror to light.
Jen
A high level look at the winds of political change in the Soviet Union that determined the image of Stalin and the official line on his victims. I wish it gave a deeper dive into the personal stories but it didn't.
Iben
Very informative and not too academic.
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