Cannibal Island: Death in a Siberian Gulag

Jan Tomasz Gross Nicolas Werth Steven Rendall


Cannibal Island: Death in a Siberian Gulag

Cannibal Island: Death in a Siberian Gulag

  • Title: Cannibal Island: Death in a Siberian Gulag
  • Author: Jan Tomasz Gross Nicolas Werth Steven Rendall
  • ISBN: 9780691130835
  • Page: 380
  • Format: Hardcover



During the spring of 1933, Stalin s police rounded up nearly one hundred thousand people as part of the Soviet regime s cleansing of Moscow and Leningrad and deported them to Siberia Many of the victims were sent to labor camps, but ten thousand of them were dumped in a remote wasteland and left to fend for themselves Cannibal Island reveals the shocking, grisly trutDuring the spring of 1933, Stalin s police rounded up nearly one hundred thousand people as part of the Soviet regime s cleansing of Moscow and Leningrad and deported them to Siberia Many of the victims were sent to labor camps, but ten thousand of them were dumped in a remote wasteland and left to fend for themselves Cannibal Island reveals the shocking, grisly truth about their fate.These people were abandoned on the island of Nazino without food or shelter Left there to starve and to die, they eventually began to eat each other Nicolas Werth, a French historian of the Soviet era, reconstructs their gruesome final days using rare archival material from deep inside the Stalinist vaults Werth skillfully weaves this episode into a broader story about the Soviet frenzy in the 1930s to purge society of all those deemed to be unfit For Stalin, these undesirables included criminals, opponents of forced collectivization, vagabonds, gypsies, even entire groups in Soviet society such as the kulaks and their families Werth sets his story within the broader social and political context of the period, giving us for the first time a full picture of how Stalin s system of special villages worked, how hundreds of thousands of Soviet citizens were moved about the country in wholesale mass transportations, and how this savage bureaucratic machinery functioned on the local, regional, and state levels Cannibal Island challenges us to confront unpleasant facts not only about Stalin s punitive social controls and his failed Soviet utopia, but about every generation s capacity for brutality including our own.


Recent Comments "Cannibal Island: Death in a Siberian Gulag"

An impressive book. A real story of death, suffering and violence. What impresses me the most is how an ideology that was built on the foundations of solidarity, equality and justice gave rise to probably the most monstrous regime ever built in the history of mankind. This book allows the reader to see its mechanisms, it's intricacies. The repressive machine, built up with bureaucratic precision, with quotas, objectives and teams desperate to reach their targets rounding up people to be sent to [...]

An interesting chapter in the history of the Soviets and prequel for what would eventually become known as "The Great Terror". What started as a grand design to rid themselves of undesirables (criminals, non-party members, or 'people of the past' -an expression so incredible I hope that one day that is how I am referred to) soon becomes an epic cluster-f@*&! In an effort to fill quotas, officers in cities picked up anyone without a passport. In one example a young girl of twelve left at the [...]

Poorly written and has little flow. My 12 year old cousin could have written a better historical novel.

Only a few chapters in and the facts are overwhelming. I'm waiting for a breather but not sure it's coming.


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