Alexander Dolgun’s Story has ratings and 35 reviews. Matt said: I read this book long ago yet just ran into it again and thought to list it here. The. Alexander Dolgun was a U.S. citizen working as a junior employee of the American Embassy in Moscow when he was arrested in and charged with being. In he wrote a book, ”Alexander Dolgun’s Story: An American in the Gulag,” detailing his arrest by Stalin’s security police in and.
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I especially liked the anecdote about how a coffee bean shipment was accidentally delivered to his camp and tossed out in the garbage because no one knew what roasted beans looked like. Refresh and try again. It’s a clearly written account of his experiences and I was amazed by how much he could recall.
What follows are almost unbelievable horrors of torture and eventually exile to the pr Picked this book up because it was mentioned in a newsletter I get. Of course,it was not the one pictured here and it was not a hardback.
He was survived by his wife and son. Feb 02, Thom Sutton rated it it was ok. He was falsely accused of espionage against the Soviet Union and endured a year of sleep and food deprivation, as well as brutal psychological and physical torture designed to prod him into “confessing” to his interrogator, Colonel Sidorov.
The story is told with a rich, expansive clarity. For now, it still rates a 5 with me. He did, however, write about the Kengir Uprising in his autobiography. Dolgun, an American citizen, was arrested as a spy and sent to the Lubayanka and from there to the gulags.
Well written, but quite depressing. I sat down on the chair and began to pull them off. His terse writing style is honest and straightforward in a way that keeps his narrative bare and factual while still offering a sense of his inner turmoil and leaving the reader with a charmed impression of his personality. I found this book fascinating and educational. The author also has a great ability to describe what happens when people go “psychologically deaf” amidst this perfectly described nightmare.
His barebones writing style also makes the less eventful aspects of his story a bit tedious. However, when Michael’s second tour of duty was up, he was prevented from leaving by bureaucratic barriers erected by the Soviet authorities and his family was trapped.
Gulag is Gulag, then or now, with a few little differences. Once she became aware that he had been arrested, she tried to get him released from prison but was told by U. With aledander rations you would be too weak to maintain whatever percentage of the norm you had been achieving, and so your dogun would be lowered again. Vitamin-deficiency diseases like scurvy and pellagra were common and sometimes fatal. He was married in Mar 20, Catherine Mateo rated it it was amazing.
Picked this book up because it was mentioned in a newsletter I get. I suppose this sort of thing could happen today. This page was last edited on 14 Octoberat Dolgun died on 28 Augustat the age of 59 in Potomac, Maryland of kidney failure. Feb 07, Ashley rated it it was amazing. Such a g I absolutely loved this book. A real-life tragedy, mixed with courage and spirit. Dolgun was finally given a year sentence in the Gulag, the network of alexaner work camps scattered throughout the Soviet Union.
We all grow up learning about the horrors of the Holocaust, but we never alexanedr about the crimes and horrors exacted on the people of the Soviet Union during Stalin’s reign and after. His whereabouts alexanfer known by Truman, Eisenhower and the US government, but they did nothing for fear of Soviet authorities further harming Dolgun due to fragile US-Soviet relations. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
His mother died inand his father in Mar 05, Douglas White rated it it was amazing. Dolgun was once again sent to Sukhanovka, where Ryumin personally tortured and beat him in an effort to get him to confess to a number of plots and conspiracies against the Soviet Union.
Russian government had such an interesting way of thinking, to say the least. Open Preview See a Problem? He describes his monstrous alexanedr Sidorov with almost loving dolggun.
Alexander Dolgun’s Story: An American in the Gulag by Alexander Dolgun
It shows people at the extremes of what they can endure and the various ways they succumb to their environment or devise strategies to survive. For several months, Dolgun endured this torture without succumbing until Stalin’s death and Ryumin’s arrest resulted in a loss of interest in the show trial and Dolgun was shipped back to Dzhezkazgan, where he was interned until This memoir is horrifying for just those reasons.