Author : Conquest Robert
Title : Kolyma The Artic death camps
Year : 1979

Link download : Conquest_Robert_-_Kolyma_The_Artic_death_camps.zip

The present work is a documentation from a number of sources, both Soviet and Western, in which I seek to establish beyond cavil the history and the conditions of the huge labour camp complex of Kolyma. Kolyma constitutes, it is true, only one section of the 'Archipelago' (as Solzhenitsyn has so aptly named it) of the NKVD's penal empire, scattered throughout the vast territories of the Soviet North and East. But, just as Auschwitz has come to stand for the Nazi extermination camps as a whole, so Kolyma remains fixed in the imagination of the Soviet peoples as the great archetype of the sinister system under which Stalin ended, by hunger, cold and exhaustion, the lives of so many ofhis subjects. (It was natural, during a celebrated debate among Soviet historians in the early sixties, that when Dr A. V. Snegov was denouncing the Stalin heritage and was pressed by the Stalinist historian Deborin to say did he belong to the Soviet or the anti-Soviet camp, he should have retorted, 'I belong to the Kolyma Camp.'). ...