Gulag Boss: A Soviet Memoir

Gulag Boss: A Soviet Memoir

Fyodor Vasilevich Mochulsky

The searing money owed of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Evgeniia Ginsberg and Varlam Shalamov opened the world's eyes to the terrors of the Soviet Gulag. yet now not in the past has there been a memoir of existence contained in the camps written from the point of view of a precise worker of the key police.

In this riveting memoir, fantastically translated by means of Deborah Kaple, Fyodor Mochulsky describes being despatched to paintings as a chairman on the pressured exertions camp of Pechorlag within the frozen tundra north of the Arctic Circle. basically twenty-two years previous, he had yet a obscure suggestion of the real nature of the Gulag. What he found was once an international of unbelievable pain and loss of life, a global the place males have been starved, overwhelmed, labored to demise, or just carried out. Mochulsky information the terrible stipulations within the camps and the demanding situations dealing with all these concerned, from prisoners to guards. He depicts the ability struggles in the camps among the key police and the communist celebration, among the political prisoners (most of whom were arrested for the regularly occurring crime of "counter-revolutionary activities") and the legal convicts. and since Mochulsky writes of what he witnessed with the detachment of the engineer that he used to be, readers can simply know how a procedure that destroyed hundreds of thousands of lives might be run through usual Soviet electorate who believed they have been advancing the reason for socialism.

Mochulsky remained a communist social gathering member his complete life--he could later turn into a diplomat--but was once deeply stricken by way of the space among socialist conception and the Soviet truth of slave exertions and mass homicide. This unparalleled memoir takes readers into that truth and sheds new mild on probably the most harrowing tragedies of the 20 th century.

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