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Vilna, the Russian Empire, 1905. En route to deliver a secret pamphlet entrusted to him by his elder brothers, a young boy falls into the clutches of the Czar’s secret police. Another decade will pass before the Crown gives way, not to liberally minded revolutionaries like Vladimir Romm, the boy now a young man, but to the pitiless disciples of an embittered lawyer named L ...more
Hardcover, 414 pages
Published December 7th 2012 by Knox Robinson Publishing (first published December 5th 2012)
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Sheila
Dec 09, 2012 Sheila rated it it was amazing


Set in a fascinating period of Russian history, well-researched and convincingly told, Julius Wachtel’s Stalin’s Witnesses brings to life that era between two world wars when Russia still needed the friendship of other nations, even as it planned to overcome them.

I don’t usually read the “thanks to” at the opening of books, preferring to get to the story straightaway, but this author’s thanks pulled me in with details of serious research and an ear for human nature that promised a great story to
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Jan 24, 2013 Eric rated it it was amazing
Though it is a work of fiction, this novel is extremely well researched and the author provides complete reference to his sources in order to convey that he only used enough literary license to make the book flow smoothly. There is much historic detail contained within, beginning with the end of Czarist Russia and culminating with the end of the final round of show trials. Sprinkled in between historical accounts we are given the life and times of Mr. Romm, our protagonist, whose story is a mixt ...more
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Stalin's Witnesses, an historical fiction about the show trials and the great terror unleashed by Stalin in the USSR, is a great success. The history is accurate and his characters show how naive the Russians were, along with many others outside the USSR, concerning Stalin's political goals. It's not an easy read due to the subject matter and the characters portrayed are real historical characters. This is mostly historical with a bit of fiction to help the story line. Make no mistake, the terro ...more
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Jay was born in Italy. Two weeks later he and his parents, both Holocaust survivors, moved to Buenos Aires. A decade later the family emigrated to the U.S. and settled in Los Angeles. His mother’s liberation by Soviet troops led Jay to develop an interest in Russia.

After serving in Vietnam Jay embarked on a career in Federal law enforcement. Along the way he took a break to earn a Ph.D. in crimina
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