Alexander Dolgun’s Story has ratings and 35 reviews. Matt said: I read this book long ago yet just ran into it again and thought to list it here. The. Alexander Dolgun was a U.S. citizen working as a junior employee of the American Embassy in Moscow when he was arrested in and charged with being. In he wrote a book, ”Alexander Dolgun’s Story: An American in the Gulag,” detailing his arrest by Stalin’s security police in and.

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Alexander Dolgun

Absolutely the greatest One of the greatest stories of personnal triumph I have ever read. How could I have missed it for so long? Solzhenitsyn included some of Dolgun’s experiences in his work The Gulag Archipelago. I read Dolgun’s story after reading Night, and even after reading Night a secong time, I felt more inspired and more shocked by Dolgun’s story. Despite some tiresome stretches, it’s a pretty fascinating description of survival in a harsh environment.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. A sobering read that forces sobering thoughts on how in Russia these days, such things seem to be happening yet again. It’s an amazing story and more so because it is true. The only thing that makes Mr. When I looked up he had my jacket spread on the table and was ripping the seams with a knifeā€¦He felt inside the lining and the lapels.


It’s a clearly written account of his experiences and I was amazed by how much he could recall. A real-life tragedy, mixed with courage and spirit. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. He was released from the Gulag in but was not allowed to leave the country until and only then because of the continual efforts of his sister, an official at the United Nations.

One of the greatest stories of personnal triumph I have ever read.

So many inspiring and beautiful stories of how humans under unbearable conditions help their fellow man. Very sad as well as immensely inspiring. Jan 22, Gwynneth rated it it was amazing. It’s a lot harder to accept bad things that are actually perpetrated by one human being on another, and alezander it’s institutionalized evil, your sense of injustice of so profound it could cost you your sanity.

Jun 05, Joe rated it really liked it. The food was scarce unless you were ingenious, and even then it lacked vitamins. With lower rations you would be too weak to maintain whatever percentage of the norm you had been achieving, and so your ration would be lowered again.

Alexander Dolgun’s Story: An American in the Gulag by Alexander Dolgun

Everyone should read this book, everyone needs to read this book. Feb 13, Michael rated it it was amazing. Cold numbed fingers could not hold onto handles and levers and timbers alexahder crates, and there were many accidents, often fatal. At those altitudes, with no bodies of water and no vegetation to moderate the temperature, September slips into winter very quickly. If you have read The Black Book of Communism or Anne Applebaum’s Gulag, you will be familiar with the horrors of Stalin’s prison camps, but hearing it described firsthand really brings home the evil of Stalinism.


At that point, without some supplementary food, a prisoner would simply starve to death.

It makes you very grateful to live in this wonderful country. Ryumin intended to use Dolgun as a puppet in a show trial. I recall purchasing it at the terminal. Alexander Dolgun, from embassy employee, to prisoner, then falsely convicted of being a terrorist against Russia and sentenced to hard labor.

Return to Book Page. Feb 26, Diane Wachter rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s refreshing to read something on this subject that’s neither too academic nor overly concerned with wallowing in the misery of the situation.

I think many, myself included, might have “blanked out” a lot just for self-preservation. Alexander spent most of his life in the Soviet Union after his father began work there and was unable to leave. Jul 06, Robby rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: It was amazing how this American stayed alive with all he was given.