Ukraine Famine, 1932-3
Government response to
The 5 Year Plans
Five Year Plan;
Stakhanovism from Spartacus educational Site. Excellent
introductory sections for an overview linked to documents and
Development By Prof Rempel, Western New England College.
View of Stalin by Ludo Martens a Belgian historian noted for
his work on the Soviet Union. This is part 1 – the section
concerning industrialisation and collectivisation.
Khristian Rakovsky: The Five Year Plan in Crisis (1930) 1981
Critique. The translation is by Donald Filtzer.
Map of Soviet industrial areas, 1945 Not the neatest, but serves
if you have nothing else!
New Russia's Primer: The Story of the Five-Year Plan written
at the time (1930) by M. Ilin Written for use in the schools and
was designed for children from twelve to fourteen years of age.
Its Russian title is The Story of the Great Plan, and it was to
acquaint boys and girls with the Five-Year Plan of construction
which was launched in October, 1928. It also purposes to explain
to children the nature of a planned economy and to introduce
them to the entire subject of social planning. This is the
full booklet, translated and posted on the web. easy though to
"dip into" (at times unaccessible if download limit is
American Engineer in Stalin's Russia: The Memoirs of Zara Witkin,
1932-1934 In 1932 Zara Witkin, a prominent American
engineer, set off for the Soviet Union with two goals: to help
build a society more just and rational than the bankrupt
capitalist system a t home, and to seek out the beautiful film
star Emma Tsesarskaia. His memoirs offer a detailed view of
Stalin's bureaucracy - entrenched planners who snubbed new
methods; construction bosses whose cover-ups led to terrible
disasters; engineers who plagiarized Witkin's work; workers
whose pride was defeated.
- Stalin documents:
The Economics of forced labor: The Soviet Gulag Paul R.
Gregory and Valery Lazareva. A collection of studies that
elucidate the internal mechanisms of the Gulag-system, making
use of Soviet archival materials. Full-text PDF versions of each
chapter can be accessed by clicking on the desired chapter
Aleksei Grigor'evich Stakhanov A brief biography
Stakhanov Brief bio of the Soviet miner propelled to stardom
as part of a movement to boost worker productivity and prove the
superiority of the socialist economic system. From the Russian
international TV news channel RT Russia
Stalinist Laws to Tighten "Labor Discipline," 1938-1940
Largely based on Donald Filtzer, Soviet Workers and
Stalinist industrialization, Pluto Press, London, 1986; Though a
socialist who wrote favorably of Russia's October (Bolshevik)
Revolution (1917), Filtzer is strongly anti-Stalinist. Links to
actual documents §
Stalinism as a Way of Life Image gallery of the
Stakhanovites produced under the direction of VP Yefanov for the
Soviet pavilion at the New York World's Fair of 1939. See the
Stakhanovites, aviators, scientists ... Excellent, but takes a
while to load. Co-edited by Lewis Siegelbaum and Andrei Sokolov
Year of the Stakhanovite Has many interesting images/details
not found elsewhere.
4. The Terror
What it was
NKVD; Secret Police;
Workers' Opposition from Spartacus educational Site.
Excellent introductory sections for an overview linked to
Lavrentiy Beria Bio of Stalin’s secret police chief from the
Russian international TV news channel RT Russia
Repression and Terror: Kirov Murder and Purges -
Brief but clear account from the Russian Archives of the US
Library of Congress
Modern History Sourcebook - Stalin's Purges, 1935 An
official Soviet era explanation of the arrest and execution of
thousands of perceived enemies of the state.
The Purge Presentation by Professor Gerhard Rempel, Western
New England College.
Criminal Code of the RSFSR Article on the working of the law
with links to actual sections
Secret Police A clear website devoted to the Gulags and the
Terror but very slow to load.
- "Purges and
Hysteria in the Soviet Union" Account by by Frank E. Smitha,
View of Stalin - The Great Purge The Purges as seen by
committed Stalinist, Ludo Martens, a Belgian historian noted for
his work on the Soviet Union. Starts at page 109 of this section
of the book which begins on page 101 of the book.
"Life Is Not Easy, Damn It!" Stepan Podlubnyi (1914-
), born in Ukraine to wealthy peasants. After 1917 his father
was stripped of all but a part of his land because of his
"kulak" origins. From 1932 Podlubnyi was an informer for the
Secret Police. In this passage, he recalls the year 1937, the
beginning of the Great Terror in the Soviet Union, and the
arrest of Podlubnyi's mother. From the Mosaic site.
The Short Course The official line of Stalin in justifying
the Purges. This is the official explanation from textbooks
published before Stalin's excesses were repudiated by his
successors. From Goucher College.
Nightmare in the workers paradise Useful concise &
illustrated BBC article by Tim Tzouliadis Author, of The
Forsaken, outlining the story of the 100,000 US citizens who
emigrated to the USSR in the 1930’s but then became victims of
the Stalin terror, receiving little/no support from the US.
Revelations from the Russian Archives This US Library
of Congress site contains the first significant number of
documents shown anywhere from what may be the most important new
source of primary materials for understanding the history of the
twentieth century. These documents provide an unprecedented
inside look at the workings of one of the largest, most powerful
and long-lived political machines of the modern era. They
include material from archives that had been key working files
of the Communist rulers until August 1991: the archives of the
Central Committee, the Presidential archive, and the KGB. Key
all confessed ... Interesting account of the key trials by
Gudrun Persson, Historian. She writes articles about Russia in
the Swedish press.
- Last Plea
of N.I. Bukharin, from ”Report of Court Proceedings in the
Case of the Anti-Soviet ’Bloc of Rights and Trotskyites’ heard
before the Military Collegium of the Supreme Court of the
U.S.S.R., Moscow, March 2-13, 1938” (Publ. People’s Commissariat
of Justice of the U.S.S.R., Moscow, 1938).
Comparison of Nazi
& Soviet Terror
- Forced Labor Camps
On-line Exhibition By the Open Society Archives. Excellent
details on the Gulag system. Very clear and straightforward.
Soviet Archives Exhibit - The Gulag another brief but
clear account from the Russian Archives of the US Library of
- Gulag: Many Days, Many
Lives presents an in-depth look at life in the Gulag through
featuring original documentaries and prisoner voices; an
filled with documents and images; and teaching and bibliographic
encourage further study. Visitors also are encouraged to
and share their thoughts about the Gulag system.
Kolyma: Former inmate of this Siberian prison camp from
Stalin's reign describes the Gold mine and the people who lived
there. Includes photos.
Stalin's Great Terror: Origins and Consequences lecture by
Prof Rogovin, Univ of Melbourne, 1996, from World Socialist Web Site.
Places Terror in an international and contemporary context. The
Terror seen in what is probably best described as a
post-communist revisionist style by a left winger......
- How times change:
Gulag just the ticket for Russian tourists From the
Australian newspaper, "The Age", July 2004.
the casahistoria Russia/USSR core sites:
Stalin: Economics & Terror, 1927-41