Between the end of the Russian Civil War in 1921 and Stalin's death in 1953, the Soviet secret police sentenced over 4 million people on political grounds. Over 800,000 were shot and millions died in the slave camps of the Gulag system. At the height of the massrepression - the Great Terror of 1937/38 - foreigners were in great jeopardy. Knowing that a major war was coming, Josef Stalin and his cohorts decided to rid Soviet society of all perceived or potential 'enemies'. Among the putative 'Fifth Columnists' were non Russian ethnic minorities, political refugees from fascism and foreign-born Communists. At least three of these countless victims were of Irish nationality.
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Table of Contents
Photographs and Illustrations vii Preface and Acknowledgements ix Abbreviations and Acronyms xiv Glossary of Russian Terms xvii Introduction 1 Part I Patrick Breslin Youth in Dublin 11 The International Lenin School, 1928-30 22 Life with Katya, 1929-36 40 Life with Daisy 53 Patrick Alone 71 Interrogation 87 Transit and Terminus 104 Part II Brian Goold-Verschoyle Youngest Son of the Manor House 117 Insistent Recruit 132 With Lotte in Moscow 150 Spanish Imbroglio 168 Prisoner No. 500 177 Lotte in Trouble 197 Part III Sean McAteer Border Man 219
'Going Up' in Liverpool 239 Sailor's Friend 253 Last Twist 266 Index 285