October 1, 2006 |
BECAUSE I'M in my 30s, I am too young to remember the Vietnam War. But there was a time in my teens when I was fascinated with the subject. Perhaps it was the powerful depictions of the war in the movies "Platoon" and "Full Metal Jacket" that stirred my interest in a conflict that I otherwise believed was unjust. But I remember feeling a strange empathy toward some of the soldiers portrayed in these movies.
April 21, 2006 |
When the Pulitzer Prizes were awarded in New York this week, a Swahili expression joined the messages of congratulations filling the inbox of Caroline Elkins, the winner for general nonfiction for "Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya." Furaha kabisa, meaning "completely happy," people wrote Elkins from Kenya's villages and its halls of government.
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October 1, 2001 |
The night before I was to be released from a Beijing prison in August 2000, I had a conversation with a high official in the Beijing Public Security Bureau that I will never forget. Tall, thin and well-educated, this officer had overseen the cases of many dissidents before me. For 10 hours, we sparred in a room clogged with our own cigarette smoke. Then the officer turned friendly. He told me I was to be released, to be returned to the United States the next day.
August 8, 1992 |
Britain's Defense Ministry said Friday that it is investigating claims that more than 1,400 Britons died in Soviet labor camps after World War II. The inquiry follows press reports that secret archives unearthed by KGB officers showed that British pilots, naval officers and technical experts were seized because of their knowledge of Western military technology and intelligence.
November 13, 1988 |
The forced resignation of West German parliamentary Speaker Philipp Jenninger shows that the 1933-45 Nazi era in German history still smolders and can erupt in national guilt and anger, analysts agreed Saturday. "It indicates that Germans are still extremely sensitive about what you can say or not say about the Nazi period," commented one Western diplomat with long experience here. "That history is still deeply etched in the German psyche."
July 4, 1989 |
An Estonian literary journal has published the first chapter of Alexander Solzhenitsyn's once-taboo epic, "The Gulag Archipelago," which describes labor camps and political oppression since the foundation of the Soviet state. The July 1 edition of the daily Sovietskaya Estonia, which reached Moscow on Monday, said the Estonian-language monthly Looming had begun publishing the work after getting permission from the author, who now lives in the United States.
April 27, 2003 |
There can hardly be a greater task in 20th century world history than to understand the Holocaust and the Gulag. Why did these related extermination projects happen, and how did similar phenomena occur in other parts of communist Europe in the early 1950s and in Cambodia in the 1970s? We need to realize how the shock of the inhuman has probably had a more detrimental effect on Western culture and thought than any of the more common accounts of postmodernism.
August 30, 1986 |
Alexander M. Dolgun, an American who was snatched from the streets of Moscow in 1948 and spent eight years in Soviet prisons, is dead of kidney failure at age 59. Dolgun died Tuesday at a hospital in nearby Gaithersburg, Md., after a six-week illness. He chronicled his chilling tale in a 1975 book, "Alexander Dolgun's Story: An American in the Gulag," detailing his arrest by Soviet security police and subsequent torture in prison.
August 10, 1989 |
Two U.S. congressmen said today that their visit to a prison camp in the Ural Mountains convinced them that the Soviet Union is still holding political prisoners. Reps. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.) and Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.), who visited the Perm 35 labor camp and interviewed 24 prisoners, said they could not specify how many are being held for their political beliefs. But Wolf said "many or most said they were political prisoners" and "we believe that they are."
December 11, 1990 |
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the great Russian writer living in exile, has been awarded the 1990 state prize by the Russian republic for his history of the Soviet prison camp system, "The Gulag Archipelago." The daily Sovyetskaya Rossiya newspaper, voice of the Russian republic, announced the prize today in the latest enticement to get Solzhenitsyn to return from exile in the United States and live in Russia. Solzhenitsyn lives in Cavendish, Vt.