Gulag Boss: A Soviet Memoir by Fyodor Vasilevich MochulskyGulag Boss: A Soviet Memoir by Fyodor Vasilevich Mochulsky

Gulag Boss: A Soviet Memoir

byFyodor Vasilevich Mochulsky

Paperback | October 12, 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 hediscovered 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 witnessedwith 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 ofthe most harrowing tragedies of the 20th century.
Fyodor Vasilevich 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).
Title:Gulag Boss: A Soviet MemoirFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Deborah Kaple: IntroductionFyodor Mochulsky: PrefacePart 1: Gulag from the Outside1. The NKVD: Villain or Protector?2. First Acquaintance with Gulag NKVD: Meeting at the Central Committee of the CPSU3. Meeting in the Cadres Department of Gulag NKVD4. 45 Days to PechorlagPart 2: Gulag from the Inside5. At the Construction Administration6. Unit Foreman. First Contingent of Prisoners: Soviet Volunteer Ski Troops in the Finnish War7. The Unit Bosses8. A Change in Leadership at Pechorlag9. Transferred to the 93rd Unit. Labor Force: Hardened Criminals10. Attempted Prisoner Revolt in the 93rd Unit11. Boss and Foreman at the 93rd Unit. Labor Force: Political Prisoners12. Threat of Arrest13. The War14. Illness15. Recovery and Return to Work in the Southern Part of the Camp16. Boss of a Militarized Section. Labor Force: Captured German Prisoners of War17. Boss of a Railway Division. Labor Force: Professional Railwaymen18. The "Liberated" Secretary of the Communist Youth Organization19. Fascist Military Landing Force20. puty Boss in the Political Department for Komsomol Work at the NKVD's Road Building Camp No. 3Part 3: Interesting Asides21. Some Railroad Recollections22. Peschanka, a Village of De-Kulakized People on the River Pechora23. The Countryside of Komi on the River Usa24. Women at Pechorlag25. A Fellow Traveler from Abez to PechoraPart 4: Final Words26. The End of My Story27. The Real Essence of the GulagAfterword: The Nature of MemoirAppendix 1: Pretexts for Arrest during the Stalin PeriodAppendix 2: Article 58 of the RSFSR Criminal CodeAppendix 3: GlossaryAcknowledgmentsSelected Bibliography