Children of the Gulag

Children of the Gulag

by Cathy A. Frierson, Semyon Samuilovich Vilensky
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300122934

ISBN-13: 9780300122930

Pub. Date: 02/23/2010

Publisher: Yale University Press

This groundbreaking book offers a comprehensive documentary history of children whose parents were identified as enemies of the Soviet regime from its inception through Joseph Stalin's death. When parents were arrested, executed, or sent to the Gulag, their children also suffered. Millions of children, labeled "socially dangerous," lost parents, homes, and siblings

Overview

This groundbreaking book offers a comprehensive documentary history of children whose parents were identified as enemies of the Soviet regime from its inception through Joseph Stalin's death. When parents were arrested, executed, or sent to the Gulag, their children also suffered. Millions of children, labeled "socially dangerous," lost parents, homes, and siblings. Co-edited by Cathy A. Frierson, a senior American scholar, and Semyon S. Vilensky, Gulag survivor and compiler of the Russian documents, the book offers documentary and personal perspectives. 

The editors present top-secret documents in translation from the Russian state archives, memoirs, and interviews with child survivors. The editors' narrative reveals how such prolonged child victimization could occur, who knew about it, and who tried to intervene on the children’s behalf. The editors show how the emotions from childhood trauma persist into the twenty-first century, passing from victims to their children and grandchildren. Interviews with child survivors also display their resilient ability to fashion productive lives despite family destruction and stigma.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300122930
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/23/2010
Series:
Annals of Communism Series
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)

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