Gulag Boss A Soviet Memoir
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Description: The searing accounts of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Evgeniia Ginsberg and Varlam Shalamov opened the world's eyes to the terrors of the Soviet Gulag. But not until now has there been a memoir of life inside the camps written from the perspective of an actual 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 discovered was a world of unimaginable suffering and death, a world where men were starved, beaten, worked to death, or simply executed. Mochulsky details the horrific conditions in the camps and the challenges facing all those involved, from prisoners to guards. 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 easily 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.Mochulsky remained a communist party member 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 takes readers into that reality and sheds new light on one of the most harrowing tragedies of the 20th century.
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List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/12/2012
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Fyodor Mochulsky (1918-1999) was a foreman and boss at Pechorlag GULAG NKVD from 1940-1946. Deborah Kaple is Associate Research Scholar and Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Princeton University. She is the author of Dream of a Red Factory: The Legacy of High Stalinism in China (OUP, 1994).
|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|
|Forty-five Days to Pechorlag|
|Gulag from the Inside|
|At the Camp Administration|
|Unit Foreman, First Contingent of Prisoners Soviet Volunteer Ski Troops from 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 95th Unit Labor Force: Political Prisoners|
|Threat of Arrest|
|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|
|Some Railroad Recollections|
|Peschanka, a Village of Dekulakized People on the River Pechora|
|The Countryside of Komi on the River Usa|
|Women at Pechorlag|
|A Fellow Traveler from Abez to Pechora|
|The End of My Story|
|The Real Essence of the Gulag|
|Afterword The Nature of Memoir|
|Pretexts for Arrest under Lenin and Stalin|
|Article 58 of the RSFSR Criminal Code|