Children of the Gulag
- Cathy A. Frierson and Semyon S. Vilensky.
- New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, c2010.
- Physical description
- xxviii, 450 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
- Annals of Communism.
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 417-442) and index.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Visionary grown-ups endanger children : revolution, civil war, and Bolshevik ruling structures, 1917-1928
- Child victims of Stalin's war against the peasantry
- Child victims of Bolshevik categories, 1934-1938
- Children of deported peoples
- Children of enemies of the people during the Great Patriotic War
- Reunions, blighted hopes, and arrests : children's lives after the war, 1946-1953
- Lessons and legacies for child survivors.
This groundbreaking book offers a comprehensive documentary history of children whose parents were identified as enemies of the Soviet regime from its inception through to Joseph Stalin's death. When parents were arrested, executed, or sent to the Gulag, their children also suffered. Millions of children, labeled 'socially dangerous', lost parents, homes, and siblings. Co-edited by Cathy A. Frierson, a senior American scholar, and Semyon S. Vilensky, Gulag survivor and compiler of the Russian documents, the book offers documentary and personal perspectives. The editors present top-secret documents in translation from the Russian state archives, memoirs, and interviews with child survivors. The editors' narrative reveals how such prolonged child victimization could occur, who knew about it, and who tried to intervene on the children's behalf. The editors show how the emotions from childhood trauma persist into the twenty-first century, passing from victims to their children and grandchildren. Interviews with child survivors also display their resilient ability to fashion productive lives despite family destruction and stigma.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Political persecution > Soviet Union > History.
- Children > Soviet Union > History.
- Children > Soviet Union > Biography.
- Victims > Soviet Union > Biography.
- Political prisoners > Family relationships > Soviet Union > History.
- Concentration camps > Soviet Union > History.
- Soviet Union > Social conditions.
- Soviet Union > Politics and government > 1917-1936.
- Soviet Union > Politics and government > 1936-1953.
- Communism > Social aspects > Soviet Union > History.
- Publication date
- Annals of Communism series
- Includes index.
- 9780300122930 (hardcover : alk. paper)
- 0300122934 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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