❮PDF / Epub❯ ☀ Voices from the Gulag ✈ Author Tzvetan Todorov – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk One of the most terrible legacies of our century is the concentration camp Countless men and women have passed through camps in Nazi Germany Communist China and the Soviet bloc countries In Voices fro One of the most terrible legacies of our century is the concentration camp Countless men and women have passed through camps in Nazi Germany Communist China and Voices from eBook ✓ the Soviet bloc countries In Voices from the Gulag Tzvetan Todorov singles out the experience of one country where the concentration camps were particularly brutal and emblematic of the horrors of totalitarianism communist Bulgaria The voices we hear in this book are mostly from Lovech a rock uarry in Bulgaria that became the final destination for several thousand men and women during its years of operation from to The inmates though drawn from various social professional and economic backgrounds shared a common fate they were torn from their homes by secret police brutally beaten charged with fictitious crimes and shipped to Lovech Once there they were forced to endure backbreaking labor inadeuate clothing shelter and food systematic beatings and institutionalized tortureWe also hear from guards commandants and bureaucrats whose lives were bound together with the inmates in an absurd drama Regardless of their grade and duties all agree that those responsible for these excesses were above or below them yet never they themselves Accountability is thereby diffused through the many strata of the state apparatus providing legal defenses and clear consciences Yet as the concluding section of interviews with the children and wives of the victims reminds us accountability is a moral and historical imperativeThe testimonies in Voices from the Gulag were written specifically for this volume or have been published in the Bulgarian press or on Bulgarian television Todorov compiled them for this book and has written an introductory essay a lucid and troubling analysis of totalitarianism and the role that terror and the concentration camp play in such a world He reflects upon his own experience living in Bulgaria during the years when Lovech was in operation It is through that experience that Todorov has sought to understand the totalitarian horrors of our centuryAlthough Lovech and the other camps of Soviet Russia and Eastern Europe have been closed down concentration camps still exist in the countries whose communist regimes remain in power Vietnam China North Korea and Cuba The voices in this book remind us that we are never completely safe from the threat of totalitarianism a threat that we all must face As Todorov writes I cannot say that these stories do not concern me.
- 192 pages
- Voices from the Gulag
- Tzvetan Todorov
- 02 October 2014 Tzvetan Todorov