- Title Pages
- Author Note
- Introduction: I survived. I speak.
- Chapter One “If you are interested in this kind of detail, I have remembered for all these years the smell of the perfume she was wearing and the color of her blouse”
- Chapter Two “And we began to live there in twenty-six square meters; there were thirteen of us”
- Chapter Three “I, you understand, for my generation,… we have the psychology of persons devoted to society. We can’t separate ourselves from society”
- 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”
- Chapter Five “Silence was salvation. That’s what I knew”
- Chapter Six “I was so overjoyed that I had found you”
- Chapter Seven “The feeling of loneliness has stalked me always”
- Chapter Eight “I had a completely non-Soviet worldview”
- Chapter Nine “I have dreamed my entire life, for me this would be a great joy to find my relatives”
- Chapter Ten “Well, probably, essentially, they destroyed my life, of course”
- Appendix I: Amendments to Criminal Code (Decree of December 1, 1934)
- Appendix II: Excerpt from NKVD Operational Order 00447
- Appendix III: Operational Order No. 00486
- Selected Glossary of Names, Places, and Institutions
I survived. I speak.
I survived. I speak.
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- Silence Was Salvation
Cathy A. Frierson
- Yale University Press
This book presents the accounts of ten people whose parents were imprisoned, exiled, or executed by the Soviet Union during the Great Purge in the 1930s and 1940s. These people endured social, political, and economic stigmas as offspring of “enemies of the people” or “traitors to the motherland” during their childhood. They became vulnerable to hunger, exposure, violence, homelessness, and death when World War II began in Poland in 1939. Their stories make an important contribution to the history of the Soviet Union, and the Soviet network of penal institutions known as the Gulag.
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