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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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“Well, probably, essentially, they destroyed my life, of course”

“Well, probably, essentially, they destroyed my life, of course”

Vladimir Valerianovich Timofeev


July 4, 2005

(p.236) Chapter Ten “Well, probably, essentially, they destroyed my life, of course”
Silence Was Salvation

Cathy A. Frierson

, Anna Manoilova
Yale University Press

This chapter describes the account of Vladimir Valerianovich Timofeev after his father's arrest during the Great Purge. Vladimir's father was a descendant of his father's side of noble military servitors to the tsars, from Ivan IV (the Terrible) in the sixteenth century. The Soviet Union arrested his father for allegedly being a spy for Poland. Vladimir's family believed that the arrest was groundless, except for the fact that their father had learned Polish in his pre-revolutionary military school. The arrest of Vladimir's father caused his family to live in extreme poverty despite being of noble descent. Vladimir and his brother had limited educational and employment opportunities for being “a relative of an enemy of the people.” Vladimir became a metalworker. After his retirement, he focused on researching his family history.

Keywords:   Vladimir Valerianovich Timofeev, Ivan IV, Soviet Union, Great Purge

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