Gulag Boss A Soviet Memoir

ISBN-10: 019993486X

ISBN-13: 9780199934867

Edition: 2012

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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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Book details

List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/12/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

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
The War
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
Interesting Asides
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
Final Words
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
Selected Bibliography
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