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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 survived. I speak.

I survived. I speak.

(p.1) Introduction: I survived. I speak.
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.

Keywords:   Soviet Union, Soviet Government, Great Purge, World War II, Poland, Gulag

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