My journey : how one woman survived Stalin's Gulag /
Olga Adamova-Sliozberg ; translated from the Russian by Katharine Gratwick Baker.
Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, 2011.
xxxvi, 266 p., [10] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm.
0810127393 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780810127395 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, 2011.
0810127393 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780810127395 (pbk. : alk. paper)
general note
"First published in Russian in 2002 under the title Put' by Vozvrashcheniye Press."
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Includes bibliographical references.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Olga Adamova-Sliozberg(1902-1991) was an economist before her arrest. Upon her second release in 1956, she returned to Moscow where she lived with her two married children, helped raise her grandchildren, and finished writing her memoir. Katharine Gratwick Baker is a family systems consultant with a master's degree in history from New York University and a Ph.D. in social work from Catholic University.
Main Description
Olga Adamova-Sliozberg's My Journey, not officially published in Russia until 2002 and here available in English for the first time, is one of the best known of all Gulag memoirs and was one of the first to become widely available in underground circulation. Alexander Solzhenitsyn relied heavily upon it when writing Gulag Archipelago, and it remains the best account of the daily life of women in the Soviet prison camps. Arrested along with her husband (who, she would much later learn, was shot the next day) in the great purges of the thirties, Adamova-Sliozberg decided to record her Gulag experiences a year after her arrest, and she "wrote them down in her head" (paper and pencils were not available to prisoners) every night for years. When she came back to Moscow after the war, in 1946, she wrote the memoir on paper for the first time and then buried it in the garden of the family dacha. After her re-arrest and seven more years of banishment in Kazakhstan, she returned to the dacha to dig up the buried memoir, but could not find it. So she sat down and wrote it all over again. In her later years she also added a collection of stories about her family. Concluding on a hopeful noteAdamova-Sliozberg's record is cleared, she re-marries a fellow former-prisoner, and she is reunited with her childrenthis story is a stunning account of perseverance in the face of injustice and unimaginable hardship.
Main Description
My Journey is the harrowing testament of an ordinary woman caught up in the extraordinary brutality of Soviet state terrorism. In the spring of 1936, Olga Adamoya-Sliozberg's husband, a professor at Moscow State University, was arrested and accused of being a Trotskyite. A short time later, Adamova-Sliozberg herself was arrested as the wife of "an enemy of the people." Tom from her children, she spent a decade subjected to grueling interrogations and a prison regime designed to crush inmates both physically and psychologically. Released in 1946, she was rearrested three years later and spent another seven years imprisoned and then exiled in Kazakhstan.
Table of Contents
Translator's Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Family Treep. xxviii
A Chronology of Olga Adamova-Sliozberg's Lifep. xxix
Names of People Mentioned in the Memoirp. xxxi
My Journey
Instead of an Introductionp. 3
A Wood Chipp. 5
The Beginning of the Road to Calvaryp. 8
Lubyanka Prisonp. 12
The Investigationp. 19
Methods of Investigationp. 22
A Mother's Giftp. 24
Butyrka Prison in 1936p. 26
The Trialp. 40
Solovkip. 44
Kazan Prisonp. 55
Lizap. 62
Suzdalp. 66
Transportp. 71
Magadan, My First Campp. 76
Altuninp. 81
Igor Adrianovich Khorinp. 83
Mamap. 90
Galiap. 92
Breadp. 95
Basiap. 97
Goldp. 100
Polina Lvovna Gertzenbergp. 101
Laborp. 103
Devil's Wheelp. 106
Hatredp. 115
Skeleton in the Closetp. 120
Miragep. 122
The Gonerp. 125
The Chief of the Guardsp. 128]
Nadezhda Vasilevna Grankinap. 131
Freedomp. 139
Nikolai Vasilevich Adamovp. 143
Verochkap. 150
Returnp. 162
Second Arrestp. 170
Prisoners' Transport to Karagandap. 183
In Exilep. 188
Kerta Nourtenp. 199
The Doctors' Plotp. 205
The Death of Stalinp. 210
Nikolai AdamovùThe End of the Roadp. 212
Rehabilitationp. 215
Stories About my Family
My Relatives' Struggle for My Childrenp. 221
Elena Lvovna Sliozbergp. 224
The Childrenp. 229
Yudel Ruvimovich Zakgeimp. 234
The Origin of a Family Namep. 239
About National Feelingp. 242
My Great-Granddaughter's Giftp. 248
A Dreamp. 249
Translator's Notesp. 251
Gallery follows pagep. 124
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