Gulag Voices: Oral Histories of Soviet Incarceration and Exile by J. GheithGulag Voices: Oral Histories of Soviet Incarceration and Exile by J. Gheith

Gulag Voices: Oral Histories of Soviet Incarceration and Exile

byJ. Gheith, K. Jolluck, Katherine R Jolluck

Paperback | February 10, 2011

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The first collection of oral histories of Gulag survivors to appear in English, Gulag Voices is a groundbreaking and long-overdue addition to the history of the Stalin era. The interviews assembled here represent a wide range of Gulag experiences, including prisons, labor camps and colonies, and deportation settlements. They include among them a so-called kulak who was deported in 1930, as well as an interviewee who obtained his release from a political camp only in 1986. Taken together, these accounts form a powerful picture of incarceration, forced labor, and exile in the USSR, and demonstrate the profound disruptions suffered by everyday citizens. They also reveal the long-term effects of the Gulag, demonstrating how these experiences extended beyond the fall of the Soviet Empire and into the next generation.
Jehanne M Gheith is an Associate Professor in the Slavic and Eurasian Studies Department at Duke University.  Katherine R. Jolluck is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at Stanford University.
Title:Gulag Voices: Oral Histories of Soviet Incarceration and ExileFormat:PaperbackDimensions:276 pagesPublished:February 10, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230610633

ISBN - 13:9780230610637


Table of Contents

Forced Laborers in the Perm Region * Exiled and Arrested * Children of Enemies * Children of Enemies and Then Arrested * Documents: Survivor Accounts and Letters

Editorial Reviews

"Here the history of the Gulag is reflected in individual fates, the lives of the witnesses show clearly that the legacy of Stalinism is not overcome even decades after the dictator's death." - Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas "Scholars and students of Soviet history will appreciate the efforts of Gheith, Jolluck, and their team of knowledgeable interviewers to mine the memories - often eroded by the passage of time - of elderly survivors of Soviet repression. Composed of an introduction and 16 chapters, each containing an interview with a survivor preceded by several pages of historical context and analysis, Gulag Voices is a useful addition to a literature that has hitherto been dominated by the voices of intellectuals and academics. Recommended." - CHOICE "This is an engrossing book that lets the reader hear raw voices from the Gulag. It is at once fascinating, revealing, and sobering. Highly recommended." - Hiroaki Kuromiya, Professor of History, Indiana University at Bloomington"Gulag Voices is an extremely valuable, stimulating, and well-conceived work of oral history . . . The benefit of this work is that it allows readers direct access to the transcripts of the interviews and gives voice to a range of survivors who might never have thought to write about their experiences." - Miriam Dobson, Lecturer in Modern History, University of Sheffield, UK "Gheith and Jolluck's collection of riveting oral histories of returnees who could finally break their silence offers powerful testimony to the enduring legacy of state-sponsored repression. These personal, often heart-wrenching narratives educate us about life and death in and after the Gulag; they are an homage to survivors and those who did not survive." - Nanci Adler, NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam "Eminent scholars Jehanne Gheith and Katherine Jolluck provide commentary and supplementary information that is at once sympathetic, respectful, and rigorously analytical. The result is a unique volume that explores not only the horrors of the Gulag experience, though that comes through in often frightful detail, but also the long term effects of survivors' attempts to remember the experience, make sense of the radical disconnect between official ideology and real life, and heal ruptured lives." - Steven A. Barnes, Associate Professor of History, George Mason University