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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It was amazing how this American stayed alive with all he was given. It makes you very grateful to live in this wonderful country. May 11, Shane rated it it was amazing. Once she became aware that he had been arrested, she tried to get him released from prison but was told by U. 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.

This book takes a direct look at what it was really like to be taken in by the police for doing nothing and how terrible life w A day in the life of Ivan Denisovich, but in real life. He pulled out the steel reinforcing shank and put the shoes back on the floor, the soles flapping.

If you are ever having a bad day, read this book and your life won’t seem so unfair. The way he uses his multiple languages and innovative negotiating skills to get by is instructive and at alexaner funny especially when he is trying to manipulate his guards into just inventing interrogation reports etc. Jan 30, Bird rated it really liked it. Embassy for the period of service from to and complained that he was paid “peanuts” for dllgun time and should have, at the least, received interest on his salary.

His recall was initiated by the infamous Colonel Mikhail RyuminNo. Feb 26, Diane Wachter rated it really liked it Shelves: Refresh and try again. Alexander Dolgun was a U. I have read four or five books on the gulag and this is one of my favorites. He ended up at DzhezkazganKazakhstanwhere he labored for several apexander until being called back to Moscow. And Alexandr should be admired for surviving the http: A personal description like Solzy.

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However, his desire to push through the story and reluctance to displaying himself as a victim leads to some moments where he delays and misses some dramatic and interesting elements of life in the gulags, particularly where he describes several years of alexamder in the labor camps before giving any sense of just how frequently guards would shoot inmates.


I found myself wondering what he was like in the few years he lived in the US before his death, after spending all his formative years in hell, but his narrative ends with his release from the USSR.

Dlgun was survived by his wife and son.

He describes his monstrous guard Sidorov with almost loving detail. His whereabouts were known by Truman, Eisenhower and the US government, but they did nothing for fear of Soviet authorities further harming Dolgun due to fragile US-Soviet relations.

Of course,it was not the one pictured here and it was not a hardback. After successfully enduring this trial, Dolgun was transferred to Sukhanovkaa former monastery converted into a prison. The book is well written and It was difficult at times to keep in mind that this fine book was non-fiction. Vitamin-deficiency diseases like scurvy and pellagra were common and sometimes fatal.

May 16, Kcastro rated it it was amazing Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Absolutely the greatest One of the greatest stories of personnal triumph I have ever read.

Alexander Dolgun 29 September — 28 August was a survivor of the Soviet Gulag who wrote about his experiences in after being allowed to leave the Soviet Union and return to his native United States.

I suppose this sort of thing could happen today. Later I counted and found that we were people in a cell sixteen feet wide and about forty feet long. He and a couple of Baltic prisoners scavenged the beans and gleefully enjoyed that taste of heaven called fresh coffee.

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His time in Sukhanovka brought him to the brink of death, alexanderr he was transferred to the hospital at Butyrki prison to recuperate.

Alexander Dolgun’s Story: An American in the Gulag

Lists with This Book. A truly troubling look at the horror of what was Stalinist Russia. The final section is especially a slog, detailing his years of post-gulag life in Moscow struggling with the Russian bureaucracy to receive a permit to leave the country.


Alexander spent most of his life in the Soviet Union after his father began work there and was unable to leave. At those altitudes, with no bodies of water and no vegetation to moderate the temperature, September slips into winter very quickly. An American in the Gulag by Alexander Dolgun alexznder. I especially liked the anecdote about how a coffee bean shipment was accidentally delivered to his camp and tossed out in the garbage because no one knew what roasted beans looked like.

Jul 21, Tom rated it really liked it. But Alexander’s tale is written wonderfully. It’s a lot harder to accept bad things that are actually perpetrated by one human aldxander on another, and when it’s allexander evil, your sense of injustice of so profound it could cost you your sanity.

Alexnder ye I read this book long ago yet just ran into it again and thought to list it here. 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. Jan 11, Lee Yahnker alexandre it it was amazing. Released after eight long years he is finally able to recount dolgjn experience of being transported to and between prisons, interactions and friendships with other prisoners, the day to day drudgery of trying to stay alive under horrendous conditions which involved trying to meet ridiculously high work quotas for extremely strenuous jobs while in a constant state aoexander starvation and often, sickness.

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 Alexandee. We learn fairly young that there are bad things that happen that couldn’t have been prevented and you just pick up the pieces and keep going. A favorite was 13 Rue Madeleine, a story of commandos and the Gestapo and parachuting into occupied France. The cell reverberated with chatter.

What follows are almost unbelievable horrors of torture and eventually exile to the pr Picked this book up because it was mentioned in a newsletter I get.