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Silence Was SalvationChild Survivors of Stalin's Terror and World War II in the Soviet Union$
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Cathy A Frierson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300179453

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300179453.001.0001

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“I would ride as far as Karabas Station, but then, I don’t recall, I had to go about fifty–sixty kilometers on foot”

“I would ride as far as Karabas Station, but then, I don’t recall, I had to go about fifty–sixty kilometers on foot”

Valentin Tikhonovich Muravsky

First interview in Saint Petersburg, February 2006

Second interview in the United States, October 2007

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(p.85) Chapter Four “I would ride as far as Karabas Station, but then, I don’t recall, I had to go about fifty–sixty kilometers on foot”
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Silence Was Salvation
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Cathy A. Frierson

, Natalya Maeden
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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300179453.003.0004

This chapter describes the account of Valentin Tikhonovich Muravsky after the arrest of his father during the Great Purge. After the arrest of his father in 1937, Valentin together with his mother and his older sister was exiled to Central Asia for being “relatives of an enemy of the people.” In 1941, the Soviet state informed his mother that their exile had been a mistake and returned them to Leningrad on the eve of the German invasion during the World War II. After a year, Valentin was seized in the North Caucasus by the invading German forces, and was taken as a slave laborer to work in Romania, Hungary, and Austria. He escaped to join the Red Army in Austria in March 1945. At the end of the war, Valentin was arrested in connection with his sister's decision not to return from Germany. He then settled to Kazakhstan near the camp where his mother was detained.

Keywords:   Valentin Tikhonovich Muravsky, Kazakhstan, Leningrad, World War II, Red Army, Great Purge

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