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The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956, Volume 3: An Experiment in by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

The Gulag Archipelago is Solzhenitsyn's masterwork, an enormous canvas of camps, prisons, transit centres and mystery police, of informers and spies and interrogators and likewise of heroism, a Stalinist anti-world on the center of the Soviet Union the place the foremost to survival lay no longer in wish yet in melancholy. The paintings is predicated at the testimony of a few 200 survivors, and at the recollection of Solzhenitsyn's personal 11 years in labour camps and exile. it really is either a completely researched rfile and a feat of literary and creative power.

Volume three of the gripping epic masterpiece, Solzhenitsyn's relocating account of resistance in the Soviet exertions camps and his personal unlock after 8 years

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What, then, of the sealed German carriage from Switzerland to Sweden, calling on the way (as we have now learned) at Berlin? German The whole Russian . . " but the Bolsheviks explained that it was permissible, that it was indeed ridiculous to reproach them with it. But this is not the only train journey worth mentioning. How many rail- also cried The Doomed | 33 road cars did the Bolsheviks rush out of Russia in summer, 1918, some carrying foodstuffs, others gold—all of them into Wilhelm's capacious maw!

In the first part of this book the reader was not yet prepared for the whole truth (nor am I in possession of the whole truth; special studies will be written on the subject, which There is for me of secondary importance). at the beginning, before the reader had traveled the high- camp world with me, he was merely alerted, invited to think. Now, after all those prison transports, transit jails, lumber gangs, and camp middens, perhaps the reader roads and byroads of the be a little more open to persuasion.

Learn. Having rightly taught ourselves to disbelieve Soviet propa- it said, we naturally did not believe tall stories about the Nazis' wishing to make Russia a colony and ourselves ganda, whatever German slaves; who would expect to find such foolishness in twentieth-century heads, unless he had experienced its effects for himself? Even in 1942 the Russian formation in Osintorf attracted more volunteers than a unit still not fully deployed could absorb, while in the Smolensk region and Byelorussia, a volunteer "people's militia" 100,000 strong was formed for purposes of self- defense against the partisans directed from Moscow (the Germans took fright and banned it).

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