The Victims Return by Stephen F. Cohen
Survivors of the Gulag after Stalin

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...Cohen's bizarre indulgence towards Putin, both in this book and in his jounalism, detracts from his authority when talking about dissent and human rights.
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Stalin’s Reign of terror in the Soviet Union has been called ‘the other Holocaust’. During the Stalin years, it is thought that more innocent men, women and children perished than in Hitler’s destruction of the European Jews. Many millions died in Stalin’s Gulag of torture prisons and forced-labour camps, yet others survived and were freed after his death in 1953. This book is the story of the survivors. Long kept secret by Soviet repression and censorship, it is now told by renowned author and historian Stephen F. Cohen, who came to know many former Gulag inmates during his frequent trips to Moscow over a period of thirty years. Based on first-hand interviews with the victims themselves and on newly available materials, Cohen provides a powerful narrative of the survivors’ post-Gulag saga, from their liberation and return to Soviet society, to their long struggle to salvage what remained of their shattered lives and to obtain justice.Spanning more than fifty years, The Victims Return combines individual stories with the fierce political conflicts that raged, both in society and in the Kremlin, over the victims of the terror and the people who had victimized them.
 

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Stephen F. Cohen is a leading scholar of Soviet and post-Soviet Russia, a media commentator, and the author of several widely acclaimed books. He is a professor of Russian Studies and History at New York University and Emeritus Professor of Politics at Princeton, and was awarded the prestigious 2011 Liberty Award for his contribution to developing cultural ties between the US and Russia. His books include Bukharin and the Bolshevik Revolution: A Political Biography; Rethinking the Soviet Experience; Sovieticus; Failed Crusade: America; and the Tragedy of Post-Communist Russia and Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives. Cohen is married to Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, where he is a contributing editor.
 
Published March 18, 2012 by IB Tauris B. 224 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by John Kampfner on Jun 09 2012

...Cohen's bizarre indulgence towards Putin, both in this book and in his jounalism, detracts from his authority when talking about dissent and human rights.

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