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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Released after eight long years he is finally able to recount the experience of being transported to and between prisons, interactions and friendships with other prisoners, the day to day drudgery of trying to stay alive under horren Alexander Dolgun, from embassy employee, to prisoner, then falsely convicted of being a terrorist against Russia and sentenced to hard labor. A kind of Morse code had been developed of the letters of the Russian alphabet. One man was crushed when we were rolling logs off of a flat car, using two logs as a ramp.
May 08, Deborah rated it it was amazing. Books by Alexander Dolgun. Jan 30, Bird rated it really liked it. 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.
Mar 20, Catherine Mateo rated it it was amazing. This is another book that I read years ago and am reading again.
Alexander Dolgun’s Story: An American in the Gulag
At any rate, some details of that book I’ve never forgotten; especially those details pertaining to survival. I suspect others who started out with similar grit and determination eventually flagged, however, and he held up with no loss of his personal dolbun of self and integrity. A favorite was 13 Rue Madeleine, a story of commandos and the Gestapo and parachuting into occupied France. Dolguj Dolgun was arrested in Moscow in while walking to lunch just two blocks from his job at the American Embassy.
After his release from prison inDlogun returned to Moscow. He survived several months of intense torture and was one of a very few who survived the prison with their sanity intact, using tactics such as measuring various distances in his cell as well as distances he covered walking; he estimated that in his time there, the distance he covered walking was enough to take him from Zlexander across Europe and halfway across the Atlantic Ocean.
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. The whole goddamn alphabet! He finally received his American passport in and was flown to the U.
People died every day, especially the older men. Mar 05, Douglas White rated it it was amazing. Views Read Edit View history. Dolgun’s health was severely harmed by his experience and he suffered from numerous ailments. 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, internment, release, and eventual rehabilitation into society. Dolgun died on 28 Augustat the age of 59 in Potomac, Maryland of kidney failure.
If you’re American and if you alexande wanted to know or truly understand just what it’s like to be tossed into the Soviet gulag, this is it.
Everyone should read this book. Despite some tiresome stretches, it’s a pretty fascinating description of survival in a harsh environment.
Dolgun did not serve at Kengirbut at a alexanser nearby. At the far end was a large window, open in the warm air, with bars on the outside. 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.
Retrieved from ” https: After a year in Moscow, Michael consented to another one-year doolgun on the condition that the Soviet Union pay for his family to come over.
Other anecdotes are more disheartening, like the Catch he aleaxnder himself in where finding a place to live after he was released was concerned. His recall was doltun by the infamous Colonel Mikhail RyuminNo.
If you have read The Black Book of Communism or Anne Applebaum’s Gulag, you will be familiar with the horrors of Stalin’s prison camps, but hearing it described firsthand really brings home the evil of Stalinism.
He ripped out the shoulder pads. It’s a great introduction to alexandrr subject, since it’s well-written, informative, and not too long. May 16, Kcastro rated it it was amazing Shelves: Of course,it was not the one pictured here and it was not a hardback. This is the true story of Alexander Dolgun and his experience in Soviet prison and then his 8 or so years in the Gulags.
Dolgun devised numerous ways to remain sane. Dolgun married Irene in and they had a son, Andrew, in Absolutely the greatest One of the greatest stories of personnal triumph I have ever read.
Alexander Dolgun, from embassy employee, to prisoner, then falsely convicted of being a terrorist against Russia and sentenced to hard labor. This is my favourite all time book. Jun 05, Joe rated it really liked it.
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What a dolggun read. Communication between prisoners was strictly monitored. He was taken to Lubyanka prison where a guard told him to take off his clothes.
Oct 28, Chris rated it it was amazing.