The Voices of the Dead: Stalin's Great Terror in the 1930s

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Yale University Press, 2007 - History - 295 pages
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Swept up in the maelstrom of Stalin’s Great Terror of 1937-1938, nearly a million people died. Most were ordinary citizens who left no records and as a result have been completely forgotten. This book is the first to attempt to retrieve their stories and reconstruct their lives, drawing upon recently declassified archives of the former Soviet Secret Police in Kiev. Hiroaki Kuromiya uncovers in the archives the hushed voices of the condemned, and he chronicles the lives of dozens of individuals who shared the same dehumanizing fate: all were falsely arrested, executed, and dumped in mass graves.

Kuromiya investigates the truth behind the fabricated records, filling in at least some of the details of the lives and deaths of ballerinas, priests, beggars, teachers, peasants, workers, soldiers, pensioners, homemakers, fugitives, peddlers, ethnic Russians, Ukrainians, Poles, Germans, Koreans, Jews, and others. In recounting the extraordinary stories gleaned from the secret files, Kuromiya not only commemorates the dead and forgotten but also proposes a new interpretation of Soviet society that provides useful insights into the enigma of Stalinist terror.

 

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Contents

The Lives of Goroshko
28
The Story of Moshinskaia and Others
47
A Monarchists Swan Song?
64
Ubiquitous Enemies
93
Singers of National Ballads
108
Improbable Spies
125
German Latvian and Romanian Links
141
Fatal Visits
162
Families Divided
183
From Love to Death
198
The Polish Military Organisation
218
Whats in a Name?
239
Notes
268
Index
289
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Hiroaki Kuromiya is professor of history, Indiana University. He is the author of several books, most recently Stalin: Profiles in Power.

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