Against Destiny by Alexander Dolinin

By Alexander Dolinin

I'm an advid reader of all books in regards to the Soviet Gulag. yet this one simply did not reduce the mustard. The characters are one-dimensional, the discussion is stilted, and the descriptions of the camp used to be like a minimize and paste from Wikipedia. on the way to learn the simplest books, try out David Littel's "The Revolutionist," Alan Furst's "Night Soldier." This booklet is too educational in all its verbiage.

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If Stalin chose to approach these White émigrés, he evidently knew best. Probably the time had come for all Russians to put former hostilities behind them and unite behind the national leadership for the general good of their country. This was simply a manifestation of their Leader’s supreme wisdom, as when he allied himself with capitalist Britain and America. Even then, however, there were persistent rumours that spoiled the picture. There was talk of former Soviet prisoners of war being repatriated only to be sent off to the camps.

Trofimov often saw prisoners begging for a couple of drags on a home rolled cigar and here was a whole pack of the stuff. ” “Let that be my little secret. Some time maybe I’ll tell you. For now, help yourself to a cig. ” Trofimov took the cigar, which the old man lit for him, and inhaled deeply. Blissful euphoria swept his hunger-crazed senses. It didn’t matter whether the old man was a friend and wellwisher or just another stool pigeon. At that moment he was a man who gave him a new taste of life.

Or they could send you to Orotukan and stick you in a special tent jammed with people, with no heating and the frozen ground for a floor. ” “Hell,” exclaimed Trofimov. ” “Exactly. There was a Jew here from Lvov. He survived the concentration camp at Treblinka. After the war he was swept up in the purges in West Ukraine and found himself here. He said he saw no difference. ” Trofimov shivered. All this was beyond his imagination, even after being interrogated and tortured in that dungeon. Somehow he had assumed that death by shooting was the worst thing to fear.

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