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Victims Return, The : Survivors of the Gulag after Stalin

By: Cohen, Stephen F.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: London : I.B.Tauris, 2011Description: 1 online resource (225 p.).ISBN: 9780857719690.Subject(s): Khrushchev, Nikita Sergeevich, 1894-1971 -- Influence | Kommunisticheskaia partiia Sovetskogo Soiuza -- Purges | Political prisoners -- Soviet Union -- History | Soviet Union -- Politics and government -- 20th century | Stalin, Joseph, 1879-1953 -- InfluenceGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Victims Return, The : Survivors of the Gulag after StalinDDC classification: 947.085 LOC classification: HV9712 .C64 2010Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; Contents; Prologue; 1. The History of a Book; 2. Liberation; 3. The Victims Return; 4. The Rise and Fall of ""Khrushchev's Zeks""; 5. The Victims Vanish, and Return Again; Epilogue
Summary: Stalin's Reign of terror in the Soviet Union has been called 'the other Holocaust'. During the Stalin years, it is thought that more innocent men, women and children perished than in Hitler's destruction of the European Jews. Many millions died in Stalin's Gulag of torture prisons and forced-labour camps, yet others survived and were freed after his death in 1953. _x000D__x000D_This book is the story of the survivors. Long kept secret by Soviet repression and censorship, it is now told by renowned author and historian Stephen F. Cohen, who came to know many former Gulag inmates during his freq
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Cover; Contents; Prologue; 1. The History of a Book; 2. Liberation; 3. The Victims Return; 4. The Rise and Fall of ""Khrushchev's Zeks""; 5. The Victims Vanish, and Return Again; Epilogue

Stalin's Reign of terror in the Soviet Union has been called 'the other Holocaust'. During the Stalin years, it is thought that more innocent men, women and children perished than in Hitler's destruction of the European Jews. Many millions died in Stalin's Gulag of torture prisons and forced-labour camps, yet others survived and were freed after his death in 1953. _x000D__x000D_This book is the story of the survivors. Long kept secret by Soviet repression and censorship, it is now told by renowned author and historian Stephen F. Cohen, who came to know many former Gulag inmates during his freq

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CHOICE Review

Cohen's latest book contains a good deal of useful information about survivors of the Soviet Gulag. While much has been written about the camps, until recently the focus was on the lives that were lost. Cohen (emer., Princeton) rightly reminds readers that prisoners who survived the camps were also victims of the terror, and the psychological toll often lasted for the rest of their lives. The problem with Cohen's book is that apart from information on the fate of Nikolai Bukharin's family, it tells little that other books, such as Orlando Figes's The Whisperers (CH, Jul'08, 45-6346) and Children of the Gulag (CH, Jul'10, 47-6431) by Cathy Frierson and Semyon Vilensky, have not told already. Readers also should know that Cohen recapitulates many of the themes discussed in a chapter of an earlier work of his, Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives (2009). Finally, the book is strikingly short, lacking the richness of detail found in the Figes and Frierson/Vilensky volumes. Sections containing photographs are paginated, so that the text is really 35 pages shorter than its enumerated length of 178. But for students seeking a concise, clear, well-written introduction to the subject of Gulag survivors, this book is fine. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. J. Bergman Central Connecticut State University

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He is professor Russian studies & history at New York University & a consultant to CBS News. His books include Bukharin & the Bolshevik Revolution & Sovieticus. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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