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"How extraordinary it is that compassion and tenderness may flourish in the cruellest conditions; how stubbornly and bravely people survive them. This is not a depressing book but an inspiriting and encouraging one." —Doris Lessing
"The sixteen life stories are riveting.... testimony to the complexity of the human spirit[,] to miracles of survival and endurance in the most hellish of conditions.... Till My Tale Is Told remind[s] us of the importance of remembrance and testimony about this particularly brutal chapter of human history."
—The Women’s Review of Books
Arrest, interrogation, imprisonment, trial and sentencing, transport, labor camps, internal exile, sometimes release, often followed by re-arrest and re-imprisonment and, for those who outlived Stalin, eventual reprieve and rehabilitation these are the outlines of the experiences recorded by 16 courageous Russian women whose moving testimonies, most of them written in secret and at great personal risk, are presented here.
Preface to the Russian Edition by Simeon Vilensky Preface to the English Edition by Simeon Vilensky
1. Olga Adamova-Sliozberg, My Journey
2. Yelena Vladimirova, From "Kolyma: A Narrative Poem"
3. Bertha Babina-Nevskaya, My First Prison, February 1922
4. Nadezhda Grankina, Notes by Your Contemporary
5. Veronica Znamenskaya, To This Day
6. Vera Shulz, Taganka
7. Galina Zatmilova, A Part of History
8. Nadezhda Surovtseva, Memoirs of Kolyma
9. Yelena Sidorkina, Years Under Guard
10. Zoya Marchenko, How it Was
11. Anna Barkova, Selected Poems
12. Tamara Petkevich, Just One Fate
13. Tatyana Leshchenko-Sukhomlina, Selections from "My Guitar"
14. Hava Volovich, My Past
15. Nadezhda Kanel, A Meeting at the Lubyanka
16. Zayara Vesyolaya, 7-35
Afterword by John Crowfoot Important Dates Glossary Index