Victims of Stalinist Repression Share Their Stories in New Book

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UNH professor of history Cathy A. Frierson has published a new book that tells the stories of ten Russians who, as children, suffered banishment, starvation, disease, anti-Semitism, and trauma because their parents were political victims of the Stalinist regime. Roughly ten million children were victims of political repression in the Soviet Union during the Stalinist era. Silence Was Salvation: Child Survivors of Stalin’s Terror and World War II in the Soviet Union is due out from Yale University Press later this month.

Frierson is an historian of modern Russia and the Soviet Union and the author or editor of seven books on Russian and Soviet history. She has been traveling to Russia since 1984 for research or U.S. Department of State programs related to the rule of law. Since 2005, she has focused on child survivors of Soviet political repression, forging relationships with survivors and their advocacy and commemorative organizations.

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