Stalinist Perpetrators on Trial: Scenes from the Great Terror in Soviet Ukraine

Stalinist Perpetrators on Trial: Scenes from the Great Terror in Soviet Ukraine

Between the summer of 1937 and November 1938, the Stalinist regime arrested over 1.5 million people for "counterrevolutionary" and "anti-Soviet" activity and either summarily executed or exiled them to the Gulag. While we now know a great deal about the experience of victims of the Great Terror, we know almost nothing about the lower- and middle-level Narodnyi Komissariat...

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Title:Stalinist Perpetrators on Trial: Scenes from the Great Terror in Soviet Ukraine
Author:Lynne Viola
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  • Lucy Meeker

    This book had amazing depth, with solid research backing it and at the same time very well written and engaging. I deeply enjoyed it. I won a copy of this book in a goodreads giveaway.

  • Katya Kazbek

    A fantastic product of research. It is a little dry to read just for pleasure, however, includes a wealth of information for those interested in the banality of evil. I am very concerned with the ways in which citizens become perpetrators under totalitarian regimes, and reading this book has been fascinating and enlightening. An account of the trials of some of NKVD's scapegoats (guilty but singled out for the wrong reason) provides a window into the minds of people who tortured others to extrac

    A fantastic product of research. It is a little dry to read just for pleasure, however, includes a wealth of information for those interested in the banality of evil. I am very concerned with the ways in which citizens become perpetrators under totalitarian regimes, and reading this book has been fascinating and enlightening. An account of the trials of some of NKVD's scapegoats (guilty but singled out for the wrong reason) provides a window into the minds of people who tortured others to extract false convictions and the way they reason with themselves and the others when the tables are turned. I can't wait when the larger project, of which this is part, will come out: Prof. Viola wrote it together with other Stalinist time historians, and it will be in Russian and Ukrainian, one of which I can read.

  • Chaston Pfingston

    A fantastic historical investigation, however, a bit tough to get into. The level of concentration needed to process the information is more than I would’ve expected from such a small volume.

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