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Author Konstantin, Anatole, 1928-

Title A Red boyhood : growing up under Stalin / Anatole Konstantin.

Published Columbia : University of Missouri Press, c2008.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  305.8924047 KONS    AVAILABLE
Physical description ix, 248 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
Contents Ch. 1. 1928-1938 -- Ch. 2. 1938-1941 -- Ch. 3. 1941 -- Ch. 4. 1942 -- Ch. 5. 1943 -- Ch. 6. 1944-1945 -- Ch. 7. 1945-1946 -- Ch. 8. 1946-1949.
Summary "Many children growing up in the Soviet Union before World War II knew the meaning of deprivation and dread. But for the son of an "enemy of the people," those apprehensions were especially compounded." "When the secret police came for his father in 1938, ten-year-old Anatole Konstantin saw his family plunged into a morass of fear. His memoir of growing up in Stalinist Russia recreates in vivid detail the daily trials of people trapped in this regime before and during the repressive years of World War II - and the equally horrific struggles of refugees after that conflict." "Evicted from their home, their property confiscated, and eventually forced to leave their town, Anatole s family experienced the fate of millions of Soviet citizens whose loved ones fell victim to Stalin's purges. His mother, Raya, resorted to digging peat, stacking bricks, and even bootlegging to support herself and her two children. The story of how she managed to hold her family together in a rapidly deteriorating society - and how young Anatole survived the horrors of marginalization and war - is more compelling than any novel." "Looking back on those years from adulthood, Konstantin reflects on both his formal education under harsh conditions and his growing awareness of the contradictions between propaganda and reality."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Konstantin, Anatole, 1928-
Jewish children in the Holocaust -- Soviet Union.
Jews -- Soviet Union -- Biography.
Jews -- Persecutions -- Soviet Union.
ISBN 9780826217875 (alk. paper)
0826217877 (alk. paper)