Alexander Dolgun's story: An American in the Gulag by Alexander Dolgun

By Alexander Dolgun

This e-book is ready survival in any respect expenses. it's attractive in it truly is haunting methods and unhappy past trust. yet there's a thread of spirit that is going via it that makes you respect Mr.Dolgun very a great deal. i used to be sorry to listen to he died so younger.

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Although I instinctively liked this guy, a man about my own age, I still had to kid him. It was part of my program of keeping a sense of being on top. Kid anyone who was susceptible. " "Oh," he said enthusiastically, "I like it a great deal. " He stared at me, quite puzzled. "No, I mean it," I said. " I said, trying to sound very mysterious. " Actually I believed that he would be bitterly disillusioned, through his work as a guard, about the idealistic picture of the Soviet Union and its system that all those Komsomol kids were fed with.

I would try to explan this atmosphere to Sidorov when ife endlessly harped on such things as my way of tearing around Moscow in embassy cars whenever I felt like it, and joining in the social life of the big guns from other embassies and so on. I was not the only one. I may have been a little more adventurous than some, but not more so than others. We all sensed this relief at the end of the war. Even ordinary Muscovites breathed a fresher air and looked forward to better days just around the corner, and for me and some other guys my age there was an intoxicating sense of confidence and optimism that certainly supported a romantic outlook.

In fact, nye polozhna was the single most often heard phrase throughout my entire time in prison. Sleep was nye polozhna. speech was nye polozhna, laughing was nye polozhna, anything human and simple you might want was nye polozhna. It was a phrase that could be applied to life. It might almost have been the title for this book. It came to the point where I would ask a guard for something I knew he would not give me, a cigarette or something outrageous like that, so that I could enjoy saying nye polozhna before he did.

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