The Nazino affair was the mass deportation of 6, people to Nazino Island in the Soviet .. In a documentary L’île aux Cannibales (Cannibal Island) was made, based on the book. , ISBN · Werth, Nicolas ( ), Cannibal Island: Death in a Siberian Gulag, Princeton University Press, ISBN. Cannibal Island has ratings and 7 reviews. Rodrigo said: An impressive book. A real story of death, suffering and violence. What impresses me the mos. Cannibal Island: In , Nearly 5, Died In One Of Stalin’s Most GULAG – the network of labor camps that spread across the Soviet Union.

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A complete political nightmare that is precisely described with clinical objectivity. Inat the time of the glasnost policy in the Soviet Union, details of the Nazino affair first became available to the general public through the efforts of the human rights group Memorial.

Cannibal Island: Death in a Siberian Gulag

Two nights after their arrival in Tomsk a disturbance broke out, as they demanded drinking water, which was put down by mounted troops. On the first day people were buried. However, unlike the previous plan, resources available to support the new plan were severely limited by the ongoing famine in the Soviet Union.

In other places the old, infirm, the mentally unstable are put onto trains and shipped off. Account Options Sign in.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Christiane rated it liked it Jan 01, Cannibal Island reveals the shocking, grisly truth about their fate.

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However, some of them deatb their documents with them: Evan Wheeler rated it really liked it Nov 30, About a third of the deportees were criminals who were sent in order to “decongest the prisons.

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Only a few chapters in and the facts are overwhelming. They were abandoned with only flour for food, and little in the way of tools, clothing, or shelter, and those who attempted to leave were killed by armed guards. Kay rated it liked it Apr 30, A report on the events which was sent to Stalin ib Velichko was distributed by Lazar Kaganovich to members of the Politburo, and was preserved in an archive in Novosibirsk. They were hungry, they had to eat. In alone, there wereknown untraceable “special resettlers”, of whichwere dismissed andsimply disappeared from their settlements.

On May 21, the three health officers counted 70 new deaths, with signs of cannibalism observed in five cases.

Cannibal Island: Death in a Siberian Gulag – Nicolas Werth, Steven Werth – Google Books

For Stalin, these undesirables included criminals, opponents of forced collectivization, vagabonds, gypsies, even entire groups in Soviet society such as the “kulaks” and their families. The things we saw! And the prisoners themselves trying to make sense of what was going on and using all their powers to survive. In October, the commission estimated that of the roughly 2, survivors from Nazino Island, half were ill and bedridden, and that only about to were physically capable of working.

Refresh and try again. In another a man who had missed his stop asked if he could get a ride back and when he was treated rudely by the guard he unwisely raised his voice and he too was shipped off.

Cannibal Island: Death in a Siberian Gulag by Jan Tomasz Gross

Many of the victims were sent to labor camps, but ten thousand of them were dumped in a remote wasteland and left to fend for themselves. No trivia or quizzes yet. According to the plan of Yagoda and Berman, the deportees would pass through transit camps at Tomsk, Omskand Achinsk. The events that occurred at Nazino Island highlighted issues with Soviet colonization projects, and the Soviet leadership began to doubt their quality and efficiency. The largest camp was at Tomsk, which had to be rebuilt from scratch, starting in April to hold 15, deportees.


This writing is rife with examples of people who were loyal party members and even when they had proof, it was ignored. I’m waiting for a breather but not sure it’s coming. Edward Poulsen rated it liked it Jan 03, One day he had to be away for a while, and he told one of his comrades, “Take care of her,” but with all the people there the comrade couldn’t do much Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

Nicolas Werth, a French historian of the Soviet era, reconstructs their gruesome final days using rare archival material from deep inside the Stalinist vaults. Coordinates on Wikidata Articles containing Russian-language text.

Quotes from Cannibal Island: The dire situation on Nazino Island was finally ended by Soviet authorities in early June, when the settlement was dissolved and the surviving 2, deportees were transferred to smaller settlements upstream the Nazina River, leaving just deportees who could not be moved from the island for health reasons.

Eventually, the turn to cannibalism is more out of desperation than anything else. The repressive machine, built up with bureaucratic precision, with quotas, objectives and teams desperate to reach their targets rounding up people to be sent to death camps with no particular reason.

Nicolas Werth, a French historian of the Soviet era, reconstructs their gruesome final days using rare archival material from deep inside the Stalinist vaults. The stories are horrifying.