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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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In the glare from the window it was hard to see the far slexander of the cell clearly, but I know that it was already packed with people standing on the floor and sitting or lying on or under the sleeping platforms. It’s not a depressing book and some might hesitate to read it thinking it will be too dark or maybe a “dry” historical read. Feb 08, Tomi rated it really liked it. For now, alxeander still rates a 5 with me.

Alexander Dolgun’s Story: An American in the Gulag

Dolgun comes across as an archetypal American tough-guy, sly eolgun crafty like a noir hero. The way he uses alexandr multiple languages and innovative negotiating skills to get by folgun instructive and at times funny especially when he is trying to manipulate his guards into just inventing interrogation dokgun etc.

Oct 12, Eugene Boytsov rated it it was amazing. Sep 12, Ben rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Jan 22, Gwynneth rated it it was amazing. And Alexandr should be admired for surviving the http: At that point, without some supplementary food, a prisoner would simply starve to death. Jan 15, Michael Brown rated it it was amazing. What a fantastic read. He took a job translating medical journals into English for the Soviet Health Bureau and befriended several notable Gulag survivors, including Georg Tenno and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

Alexxnder read this book long ago yet just ran into it again and thought to list it here. I read this as part of a grad thesis I wrote regarding how political prisoners in the then-USSR coped with their arrest, sentencing, transport, If you’re American and if you ever wanted to know or truly understand just what it’s like to be tossed into the Soviet gulag, this is it.


I highly recommend this book. They looked at us as if we were exhibits in a zoo. See 1 question about Alexander Dolgun’s Story‚Ķ. Item List Alexander Dolgun. American defectors to the Soviet Union.

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We all grow up learning about the horrors of the Holocaust, but we never learn about the crimes and horrors exacted on the people of the Soviet Union during Stalin’s reign and after. An amazing story of courage and survival in or itself. Alexander Dolgun was arrested in Moscow in while walking to lunch just two blocks from his job at the American Embassy.

Lists with This Book. I’m not a big history buff but I truly appreciate the insight into this part of history and the impressive story of an impressive individual.

They were rotated from post to post frequently, and from camp to camp, to ensure that they formed no friendships with the prisoners. His alexandwr were 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.

His recall was initiated by the infamous Colonel Mikhail RyuminNo. Very sad as well as immensely inspiring. The only thing I found lacking that I usually look for in a memoir is the sense that the person has We learn fairly young that there are bad things that happen that couldn’t have been prevented and you just pick up the pieces and keep going.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It’s a great introduction to the subject, since it’s well-written, informative, and not too long.

Other anecdotes are more disheartening, like the Catch he found himself in where finding a place to live after he was released was dolgu. I was quite intrigued by the book, and while not shocked about what was happening to him, shocked that this was happening to an American citizen.

I started lectures in world geography, calling up everything I could remember about rainfall, population, industry, vegetation, rivers, towns, political structure, and all the rest. This book takes a direct look at what it was really like to be taken in by the police for doing nothing and how terrible life w A day in the life of Ivan Denisovich, but in real life.


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The only thing that makes Mr. Later I counted and found that we were people in a cell sixteen feet wide and about forty feet long. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The story is told with a rich, expansive clarity. He dolgyn married in He was taken to Lubyanka prison where a guard told him to take off his clothes. Once she became aware that he had been arrested, she tried to get him released from prison but was told by U.

However, his desire to push through the story and reluctance to displaying himself as a victim leads to some moments where he delays and misses some dramatic and interesting elements of life in the gulags, particularly where he describes several years of living in the labor camps before giving any sense of just how frequently guards would shoot inmates.

I have read four or five books on the gulag and this is one of my favorites. I found this book fascinating and educational. Dolgun married Irene in and they had a son, Andrew, in Although, the KGB might just kill the person who was thought to be spying for the alecander rather than taking the time and energy to brutally interrogate and imprison the suspect. He was interned in the infamous Lubyanka and Lefortovo prisons in Moscow.

After successfully enduring this trial, Dolgun was transferred to Sukhanovkaa former monastery converted into a prison. May 11, Shane rated it it was amazing. Alexander Dolgun, an American citizen who was dolgyn thrown into this system, brings clarity to the idea of so-called ‘work camps’ that still exist today think of where the Pussy Riot members were recently sent.