Wednesday, March 30, 2011

New Book Alert: Children of the Gulag

Cathy A. Frierson and Semyon S. Vilensky's Children of the Gulag is out from Yale University Press.  Here is a description of Children of the Gulag from the YUP website:

This groundbreaking book offers a comprehensive documentary history of children whose parents were identified as enemies of the Soviet regime from its inception through Joseph Stalin's death. When parents were arrested, executed, or sent to the Gulag, their children also suffered. Millions of children, labeled "socially dangerous," lost parents, homes, and siblings. Co-edited by Cathy A. Frierson, a senior American scholar, and Semyon S. Vilensky, Gulag survivor and compiler of the Russian documents, the book offers documentary and personal perspectives.  
 A review abstract from the Harvard Educational Review states, "The book is replete with historical artifacts such as photos, maps, lengthy letter excerpts, official reports, and testimony transcripts, making the facts of history palpable" and "...reading Children of the Gulag is an emotional experience, given the firsthand accounts of children’s suffering in conjunction with the accompanying official records and testimony."

 Children of the Gulag is available now.

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