Gulag: A History
Her book was precisely what I needed. She presents a very systematic explanation of the gulags in three sections: 1) the historical precedents prior to Stalin's regime and the rise of their power under Stalin; 2) Day-to-day life in the gulags; and 3) the dismantling ...more
Είναι απίστευτο πως όλες αυτές οι ιδέες και οι "λύσεις" της ανθρώπινης σκέψης που θέλησαν να διαμορφώσουν τον Νέο άνθρωπο ή τον κατά Νίτσε Υπερανθρωπο οδήγησαν με μαθηματική ακρίβεια στο προφανές: στην απόρριψη και συνειδητή μηδαμινοτητα και εκμηδενιση αυτού του ίδιου, του Ανθρώπου, χάριν μιας ιδέας.
Μέσα από τις σελίδες αυτού ...more
I am chugging along, but I'll tell you Gulag: A History is an exceptionally hard read. The topic is dark, and I am usually fine with difficult subjects, but this proves to be harder than I thought! The book is VERY thorough. Chapter after chapter covering every possible aspect of the Gulag camps. I have read a lot previously on the topic. References are made to much of what I have read before.....and y ...more
Anne Applebaum tells the story of the gulag in fascinating detail, using newly available Soviet archives and published and unpublished memoirs from those who survived the camps. Their stories are chilling, to say the least.
In the Introduction, Applebaum discusses the differences and similarities between the Nazi death camps and the Soviet camps. ...more
“an enemy of the people is not only one who commits sabotage, but one who doubts the rightness of the Party line.”... women were arrested as “wives of enemies of the people” and the same applied to children.
Page 241 Vladimir Bukovsky
“In our camps, you were expected not only to be a slave laborer, but to sing and smile while you worked as well. They didn’t just want to oppress us; they wanted us to thank them for it.”
This is a book that is horrific in scope ...more
The vastness of the Gulag is astounding. From small camps to giant and from city prisons to tents in Siberia and all sizes in between. The variety of work that was required was also quite extensive, from manufacturing to logging to mining to channel building.
With the quality of life that prisoners had to endure and how unprepared both they and their captures were I am surprised t ...more
People were ripped from their families for being too rich, something I didn't know about, with the rise of communism there was a harsh outlook on those living in luxury or above the means deemed appropriate and many of them were rounded up and put into these prisons, along with political opponents, petty criminals and anyone else the regime found to be bothersome ...more
Had Dante been born after Stalin, he could easily have described one of the circles of hell as a gulag. Applebaum has done a very thorough job of detailing the history of the camps and the types of experiences its prisoners suffered. It’s terrifying. Early in the book, Applebaum remarks on a worry ...more
Applebaum writes about the Soviet Gulag first as a narrative history and then as a social history. Her narrative history begins with the early Cheka (or pre-KGB) prison on the Solovetsky island monastery, in the White Sea, where a former prisoner named Naftaley Frenkel became a manager of the prison and, in true Soviet fashion, tried to turn it into a source ...more
I think it's a good attempt at trying to approach a historical era from the point of view of the victims, rather than the perpetrators, but it also shows how difficult that is to carry off. I'm still waiti ...more
Showing the history of the gulag system from the Bolsheviks' appropriation of the existing camps under the Tsarist system to its massive expansion by Stalin and his minions, "Gulag" proves that the "concentration camp" system had its roots not in Nazi Germany but in the Soviet Unio ...more
Gelukkig weer een boek uitgelezen (de stapel naast mijn bureau wordt alleen maar hoger, niet lager): het schokkend indrukwekkende “Gulag” van Anne Applebaum. Ik weet dat de dingen die in het boek staan grotendeels echt gebeurd zijn, maar het leest weg als een Kafka-esque beschrijving van de Inferno.
Het is bizar hoe normaal corruptie, marteling, diefstal en moord toen waren. Hoe normaal het was om mensen te reduceren tot minder dan mensen, tot objecten. D...more
She is married to Radosław Sikorski, the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs. They have two children, Alexander and Tadeusz.