VORKUTA by Joseph Scholmer


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An amazing document on Russian prison life is given us by a German Communist who lost faith in the Party and spent May Day, 1949, in the Lubianka. Sentenced on espionage charges to Siberia for 25 years, Dr. Scholmer's description of brutal camp life is revealing in many ways. Nothing groups, individuals and the network of prison interrelationships, he tells too of undergound resistances and strikes that had their significances. There emerges a personal story of adjustment to the most terrible environments in a political system of distorted values and reason. Fine reporting of an integral part of the Russian scene, this presents its material in adult, factual context. Of advantage to particular requirements and reading interests.

Pub Date: Feb. 17th, 1955
Publisher: Henry Holt