TO THE HEAD OF THE WESTERN SIBERIA REGIONAL BOARD OF HEALTH Comrade TRAKMAN.
Copy to POKROV REGIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE ALL-UNION COMMUNIST PARTY (Bosheviks), REGIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE and RUSSIAN COMMUNIST LEAGUE
On the instructions of the Regional Committee of the All- Union Communist Party (Bolsheviks) issued to Kiselev on 24 March 1932 on the subject of finding hunger-caused illness, several families of the Kartsovskii village soviet were observed and the following was found: as stated by soviet chairman Comrade Sukhanov and secretary of the First Party Organization Comrade Medvedev, a series of written and oral statements from the kolkhozniks of this village, that they and their families suffer from starvation, were received.
The statements were made by the following people: Gorokhova Mariia, Pautova Malan’ia, Rogozina Irina, Logacheva Ustin’ia, and others. The soviet chairman, the secretary of the First Party Organization and other communists substantiate the fact that the kolkhozniks use animals that have died as food. Continue reading «Μνημόνιο (τμήμα)του Dr. Kiselev της 25ης Μαρτίου 1932 για τις συνθήκες ζωής και εργασίας στα Κολχοζ»
At Lake Success one day last week, Assistant Secretary of State Willard Thorp* announced that, by official U.S. estimate, Russia keeps between eight and 14 million people in slave labor camps. Semen Tsarapkin, Russia’s representative to ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council), coolly ignored the charge; no one else seemed to care either. The world had read too many statistics of death and misery.
Slim Blue Book. Next day the A.F.L., a non-governmental consultant to U.N., used a different method to get the facts across. It submitted a slim, blue-covered booklet containing the testimony of twelve men & women who had survived Russian slave labor camps. To read and interpret their story, the A.F.L. picked a veteran German socialist, tiny Toni Sender, whose renowned taunts of Nazi bigwigs had earned her the epithet «Mrs. Big Mouth.» Among the case histories she had gathered: Continue reading «USSR: Gulag TIME (in partnership with CNN) Posted Monday, Feb. 28, 1949»
Secret police and party reports from the Soviet Union of the thirties seem to have something fascinating for historians. The letters «NKVD» or «OGPU» appearing on archival files still anticipate sensational revelations and insights fundamentally correcting our prevailing views. Often enough, after a first feverish glimpse into the files, top-secret documents, which had been hidden for sixty years, turn out to contain banalities. Nevertheless, there can be exciting information, too. Let’s have a look at what Sarah Davies could extract from NKVD sources about popular opinion in Stalin’s Russia.
Davies’ book, based on her Oxford doctoral dissertation (1994), focuses on a formative period of Soviet history. The years 1934-41 witnessed both the Great Retreat from the cultural revolution to tradition and stability and the Great Terror, beginning after the murder of Kirov in December 1934. The study seeks to find out how ordinary people responded to the Great Retreat and the Terror. What was the effect of propaganda and repression? Were people keeping silent or was there any significant dissonant popular opinion in Stalin’s Russia? Continue reading «USSR: Ordinary People and the Regime (ΕΣΣΔ: Κοινή Γνώμη και το καθεστώς)»
• 1956 Διασπάται το ΚΚΕ και δημιουργείται η ΚΟΕ
• 1967 Διασπάται η ΚΟΕ και δημιουργείται η ΟΜΛΕ
• 1968 Δημιουργείται το ΚΚΕ εσωτ από τη μεγάλη διάσπαση του ΚΚΕ
• 1974 Ιδρύεται η ΟΚΔΕ που αντλεί την ιστορική της ρίζα στη διάσπαση του 1928 του ΚΚΕ
Continue reading «Οι συνεχείς διασπάσεις και τα αδιέξοδα της Ελληνικής Αριστεράς»