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The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956 Summary
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956 Summary

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The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956 by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn describes in detail the physical and psychological horrors inflicted on millions of political prisoners in the Soviet era.

Soviet State Security prefers to arrest people when they are disoriented, preferably at night using massive force, but one never knows who one's captor will be, when or where it will happen. However it does, one enters a great human "sewage disposal system." There have been various waves of arrests, but those in 1929/30 and 1944-46 are usually overlooked in light of Khrushchev's revelations about "abuses of the cult" and the purges of 1937/38. Neither the 15 million peasants who disappear in 1929/30 nor the entire nations and POWs that vanish 1944-46 leave written records, but those who perish in the era of the great show trials leave plenty.

After a brutalizing arrest comes a more brutalizing interrogation, which is not intended to determine guilt or...

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