of the Gulag
Collections of testimonies
Bibliography, compiled by Antonio Ferrara, of books published in English, French and Italian
Elma Dangerfield, Beyond the Urals, London 1946
Collection of testimonies of Polish deportees (including their letters) freed in 1942.
Irena Grudzinska-Gross e Jan Tomasz Gross (eds.), War Through Children’s Eyes: the Soviet occupation of Poland and the deportations, Stanford 1985 (mais voir aussi le plus complet W czterdziestym nas matko na Sybir zeslali… Polska a Rosja 1939-1942, London 1983)
Collection of testimonies of Polish children exiled in the Soviet Union between 1939 and 1941
Henry Grynberg, Children of Zion, Northwestern University Press, Evanston (IL) 1997
Collection of testimonies of the so-called “Teheran children”, Polish-Jewish boys (under 18-years-old, mostly 13 to 14-years-old) exiled in the Soviet Union in 1940-41, then released under the “Polish amnesty”, evacuated via Soviet Central Asia to Iran and ultimately sent to Palestine by sea (via Karachi, then Suez) or overland (through Iraq). Author has arranged both chronologically and thematically the content of so-called “Palestinian protocols” stored into the Hoover Institution Archives; testimonies relate of German and Soviet occupation, Soviet deportations, life in exile until and after the amnesty and in Soviet orphanages.
Teresa Kaczorowska, Children of the Katyn Massacre: Accounts of Life After the 1940 Soviet Murder of Polish POWs. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2006
Collection of life stories of relatives of the victims of the massacres of Polish officers in Katyn, Kharkiv and Miednoye, some of which were deported to Russia or Central Asia.
Henryka Łappo et alii, Stalin's Ethnic Cleansing in Eastern Poland: Tales of the Deported, 1940-1946. London: Association of the Families of the Borderland Settlers, 2000
Lenghty collection of relatively short testimonies of Polish “military settlers” deported in February 1940. Most of them emigrated with the Anders Army in 1942 and then settled in the United Kingdom after multiple displacements across the world.
S. S. Lie, H. E. Aldona Wos et aliae, Carrying Linda's Stones: An Anthology of Estonian Women's Life Stories. Tallinn, Estonia: Tallinn University Press, 2006
One section of this book features stories of women deported to Siberia in 1940s.
Sylvestre Mora-Pierre Zwerniak, La justice soviétique, Roma, Magi-Spinetti 1945
Collection of testimonies of people from former Eastern Poland, who spent time in Soviet prison and concentration camps between 1939 and 1941.
Tadeusz Piotrowski (ed.), The Polish Deportees of World War Two: Recollection of Removal to Soviet Union and Dispersal Throughout the World,, Jefferson N.C. 2004
Collection of testimonies of Polish deportees emigrated all around the world after the war was over.
Gertrude Schneider (ed.), The unfinished road. Jewish survivors of Latvia look back, New York, Praeger 1991.
This book includes a short memoir by B. Minkowicz (Arrest and Expulsion to Siberia, pp. 29-43). Author (a member of Betar) was arrested in 1941 and in 1942 sentenced to five years of exile. Sent to Krasnojarsk, in 1947 was allowed to leave for Poland (since his father had retained Polish citizenship). In 1950 left Poland for Israel.
C. A. Smith (ed.), Echappés du paradis. Huit témoignages sur le communisme soviétique, Paris, Editions du Fuseau 1952
Most of the eight testimonies collected in this book are from victims of Soviet repressions in East Central Europe. Among the authors there are a Romanian woman, a Czech from Ruthenia, two Poles (one of which left the USSR with the Anders Army) and an Estonian pastor who escaped via Afghanistan.
Astrid Sics (ed.), We Sang Through Tears: Stories of Survival in Siberia. Riga, Latvia: J. Roze, 2002.
Collection of Latvian gulag memoirs, mostly written in late 1980s and selected from a larger collection (in Latvian): A. Līce, Via dolorosa: stal̦inisma upuru liecības. Rīga: "Liesma", 1990.
B. West (ed.), Struggles of a generation. The Jews under Soviet rule, Massadah Publishing Company Ltd., Tel Aviv 1959.
Part B (pp. 69-138) of this book includes memoirs and testimonies of Polish, Lithuanian, Latvian, Bucovinian and Bessarabian Jews, some of which were imprisoned in the Gulag.
Z. Zajdlerowa, The Dark Side of the Moon, London 1946.
Authoress has collected testimonies of Polish deportees freed in 1942. The book has a preface by T. S. Eliot and appeared originally as the work of an anonymous writer.