Keeping Faith with the Party Keeping Faith with the Party : Communist Believers Return from the Gulag Communist Believers Return from the Gulag
How is it that some prisoners of the Soviet gulag-many of them falsely convicted-emerged from the camps maintaining their loyalty to the party that was responsible for their internment? In camp, they had struggled to survive. Afterward they struggled to reintegrate with society, reunite with their loved ones, and sometimes renew Party ties. Based on oral histories, archives, and unpublished memoirs, Keeping Faith with the Party chronicles the stories of returnees who professed enduring belief in the CPSU and the Communist project. Nanci Adler's probing investigation brings a deeper understanding of the dynamics of Soviet Communism and of how individuals survive within repressive regimes while the repressive regimes also survive within them.
- Electronic book text | 264 pages
- 05 Mar 2012
- Indiana University Press
- United States
"One of the achievements of this book is that while explaining theexperience of the Communist 'true believers' among Gulag victims in terms ofsociological notions that were not available to the subjects themselves, Adlermanages to maintain human sympathy for these people as well as sensitivity to theirspecial Soviet predicaments." -- Leona Toker, author of Return from the Gulag: Narratives of Gulag Survivors (IUP, 2000)--Leona Toker, author of Return from the Gulag: Narratives of Gulag Survivors (IUP, 2000)