EXPLORE SOVIET HISTORY

These essays give historical context to the Six Lives under Communism. Explore here.

WORLD WAR, REVOLUTION, & CIVIL WAR (1917-1923)
Russia on the Brink of War

Costly Alliances 
Early Communism Under Lenin (1917-1922)
The Birth of the Gulag (1918)
The Anti-Religious Campaign (1918-1928)
The Makhno Bandits (1918-1921)

A Mennonite Militia (1918-1919)
The Mennonite Massacres (1919)
Uncle Abe the Avenger (1919)
The Typhus Epidemic (1919-1920)
The Great Famine (1921-22)
The Mennonite Central Committee (1920)
To Stay or to Leave? Mennonite Immigration (1923-1926)

STALIN AT THE HELM: HOW THE MAN OF STEEL BROKE THE PEOPLE (1928-1941)
Stalin’s First Five-Year Plan (1928-1933)

Collectivization - Advancements in Agriculture - Hein - 

Away With the Kulaks: Dekulakization
Growth of the Gulag

Food From the Cupboards: Requisitioning

Starvation: The Holodomor Famine (1932-33)

“Collectivization is a Success” (1934)

The Great Purge (1936-38)   -  Anni - Neuendorf  - Kolyma - Hein - Arrest & interrogation

Life in the Kolyma Gulag: The Work of Nikolai Getman

Kolyma Gulag - Hein
Ethnic Cleansing (1941-) - Anni

Exile in the Soviet Union - Gerhard
Exile in the Urals - Berezniki - Peter 

WORLD WAR II (1941-1945)
A Strange Alliance: The Mennonites & the Nazi Army
Germans in Russia: the Volksdeutsche

German Occupation - Anni

Neuendorf Village Report, 1942
Nieder-Chortitza Village Report, 1942
Isaac’s War (1942-43)
The Holocaust on the Eastern Front (1941-43)
The Great Trek (1943-44) - Anna Penner
German POWs in Soviet Captivity - Gerhard's Account
A Death March & Massacre (1945) - Anni's Account

AFTER THE WAR (1945-1953)
Living Behind Barbed Wire

A Prisoner in the Coal Mines of Donets Basin
The Life of a Zek in the 1940s
A Different Type of Prisoner in the Post-War Gulag
    
COMMUNISM AFTER STALIN (1953-1991)
The End of Stalin’s Gulag (1953-1956)Peter
Soviet Leaders After Stalin: De-Stalinization, Cold War, and Repression (1953-1985)       
The Gulag Archipelago: Solzhenitsyn’s Watershed Book

Our Muzzled Freedom: Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
The End of the Soviet Union (1985-1991)

Leaving Russia - Hein
 

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