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Gulag boss : a Soviet memoir

Author: Fyodor Vasilevich Mochulsky; Deborah A Kaple
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The searing accounts of Alcksandr Solzhenitsyn, Evgenia Ginsburg, and varlam Shalamov opened the world's eyes to the terrors of the Soviel Gulag. But until now there has never been a memoir of life inside the camps written from the perspective not of a prisoner but of an employee of the secret police.
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Fyodor Vasilevich Mochulsky; Fyodor Vasilevich Mochulsky
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fyodor Vasilevich Mochulsky; Deborah A Kaple
ISBN: 9780199742660 0199742669
OCLC Number: 671767770
Target Audience: All Ages.
Description: pages cm
Contents: pt. 1. Gulag from the outside --
The NKVD : villain or protector? --
First acquaintance with Gulag NKVD : meeting at the Central Committee of the CPSU --
Meeting in the Cadres Department of Gulag NKVD --
45 Days to Pechorlag --
pt. 2. Gulag from the inside --
At the Construction Administration --
Unit foreman, first contingent of prisoners : Soviet volunteer ski troops in the Finnish War --
The unit bosses --
A change in leadership at Pechorlag --
Transferred to the 93rd Unit, labor force : hardened criminals --
Attempted prisoner revolt in the 93rd Unit --
Boss and foreman at the 93rd Unit, labor force : political prisoners --
Threat of arrest --
The war --
Illness --
Recovery and return to work in the southern part of the camp --
Boss of a militarized section, labor force : captured German prisoners of war --
Boss of a railway division, labor force : professional railwaymen --
The "liberated" secretary of the Communist Youth Organization --
Fascist military landing force --
Deputy boss in the Political Department for Komsomol work at the NKVD's Road Building Camp No. 3 --
pt. 3. Interesting asides --
Some railroad recollections --
Peschanka, a village of de-kulakized people on the River Pechora --
The countryside of Komi on the River Usa --
Women at Pechorlag --
A fellow traveler from Abez to Pechora --
pt. 4. Final words --
The end of my story --
The real essence of the Gulag --
Afterword: The nature of memoir --
Appendix 1: Pretexts for arrest during the Stalin period --
Appendix 2: Article 58 of the RSFSR Criminal Code --
Appendix 3: Glossary.
Responsibility: by Fyodor Vasilevich Mochulsky ; translated and edited by Deborah Kaple.

Abstract:

The searing accounts of Alcksandr Solzhenitsyn, Evgenia Ginsburg, and varlam Shalamov opened the world's eyes to the terrors of the Soviel Gulag. But until now there has never been a memoir of life inside the camps written from the perspective not of a prisoner but of an employee of the secret police.

In this riveting memoir, superbly translated by Deborah Kaple, Fyodor Mochulsky describes being sent to work as a boss at the forced labor camp of Pechorlag in the frozen tundra north of the Arctic Circle. Only twenty-two years old, he had but a vague idea of the true nature of the Gulag. What he found was a world of unimaginable suffering and death. Mochulsky details the horrific conditions in the camps and the challenges facing all those involved. He depicts the power struggles within the camps between the secret police and the Communist Party, between the political prisoners (most of whom had been arrested for the generic crime of "counter-revolutionary activities") and the criminal convicts. And because Mochulsky writes of what he witnessed with the detachment of the engineer that he was, readers can understand how a system that destroyed millions of lives could be run by ordinary Soviet citizens who believed they were advancing the cause of socialism.

Mochulky remained a Communist Partymember his entire life--he would later become a diplomat--but was deeply troubled by the gap between socialist theory and the soviet reality of slave labor and mass murder. This unprecedented memoir sheds new light on one of the most harrowing tragedies of the twentieth century. --Book Jacket.

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