Posted by Peter W. Schramm
A review of two books on the Red Army in the Times Literary Supplement.
How does one read of communism, the reality, not the dream, and not simply weep?
I am looking for Grossmans Life and Fate in the state library system, and it is not there.
New research on the Gulag has shown not merely the murderous brutality of that system, its economic inefficiency and its utter and complete uselessness; it has also demonstrated how different the Gulag was from the Nazi system. The “concentrationary universe” was not cut from the same cloth, even if saying so served the ideological purposes of those who rightly condemned Stalinist criminality
What does this passage even mean? Why does it appear in this review entirely unsupported? Bizarre.
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