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

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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  • Silence was salvation : child survivors of Stalin’s terror and World War II in the Soviet
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  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
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  • Union—Interviews. 2. Political prisoners—Soviet Union—Biography. 3. Soviet
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The Fall of the Romanovs: Political Dreams and Personal Struggles in a Time of Revolution, by Mark D. Steinberg and Vladimir M. Khrustalëv

Gulag Voices: An Anthology, edited by Anne Applebaum

The History of the Gulag: From Collectivization to the Great Terror, by Oleg V. Khlevniuk

Katyn: A Crime Without Punishment, edited by Anna M. Cienciala, Natalia S. Lebedeva, and Wojciech Materski

The KGB File of Andrei Sakharov, edited by Joshua Rubenstein and Alexander Gribanov

The Kirov Murder and Soviet History, by Matthew E. Lenoe

The Last Diary of Tsaritsa Alexandra, introduction by Robert K. Massie; edited by Vladimir A. Kozlov and Vladimir M. Khrustalëv

The Leningrad Blockade, 1941–1944: A New Documentary History from the Soviet Archives, by Richard Bidlack and Nikita Lomagin

The Road to Terror: Stalin and the Self-Destruction of the Bolsheviks, 1932–1939, by J. Arch Getty and Oleg V. Naumov

Secret Cables of the Comintern, 1933–1943, by Fridrikh I. Firsov, Harvey Klehr, and John Earl Haynes

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The Soviet World of American Communism, by Harvey Klehr, John Earl Haynes, and Kyrill M. Anderson

Spain Betrayed: The Soviet Union in the Spanish Civil War, edited by Ronald Radosh, Mary R. Habeck, and G. N. Sevostianov

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A Documentary History of the Political Police and Security Organs in the Soviet Union, 1922–1953, by David R. Shearer and Vladimir Khaustov

Stalinism as a Way of Life: A Narrative in Documents, edited by Lewis Siegelbaum and Andrei K. Sokolov

The Stalin-Kaganovich Correspondence, 1931–36, compiled and edited by R. W. Davies, Oleg V. Khlevniuk, E. A. Rees, Liudmila P. Kosheleva, and Larisa A. Rogovaya

Stalin’s Letters to Molotov, 1925–1936, edited by Lars T. Lih, Oleg V. Naumov, and Oleg V. Khlevniuk

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