Dear Members and Friends,
I have arranged for Professor Stephen Cohen's book 'The Victims Return:
Survivors of the Gulag After Stalin' to be available for purchase and
signing by the author on the evening of his talk – Wednesday, 9th March in
Pushkin House, 6.30 for 7 pm, as usual (tickets £5).
By conservative estimates, 12 to 14 million victims were cast into
Stalin’s Gulag of forced labor camps during the years of his rule from
1929 to 1953. A great many of them died there — very few escaped.
Covering more than fifty years, 'The Victims Return' is a dramatic and
moving account of the inmates’ liberation, return to society, attempts to
salvage what remained of their shattered lives and the fierce opposition
they encountered on the part of the many people, in society and in the
Soviet top leadership, who had participated in their victimization. The
book focuses on events in the 1950s and 1960s, but as Professor Cohen
shows, the struggle over Stalin’s reputation and thus the status of his
victims which came to the political fore again under Mikhail Gorbachev in
the late 1980s continues in Russia even today.
Professor Cohen collected material for his book from personal interviews
with inmates of the camps for a period of over twenty years, aided by his
wife Katrina vanden Heuvel (editor of the 'Nation', a popular US
His book has been widely acclaimed in the US: Robert Conquest, author of
the best-selling 'The Great Terror' and 'Harvest of Sorrow', has said of
Professor Cohen's book, 'In "Victims Return" Stephen Cohen tells of one of
the greatest human tragedies of the twentieth century, and he has told it
There are still some seats for the talk. The hardback book (published in
the UK by I.B. Tauris, Feb 2011) will be available at a special price for
members of £14 (list price £22.95, selling on Amazon for £15.29). Please
bring the correct change if you can. Also, please note that we cannot
take credit cards.
Hope to see you there.
Dr David Holohan.