Francis Beckett

Stalin's British VictimsThis book tells the stories of four remarkable British women whose lives were scorched by Stalin's purges. One was shot as a spy; one nearly died as a slave labourer in Kazakhstan; and two saw their husbands taken away to the gulag and had to spirit their small children out of the country.

We in Britain think of the horrors of the middle of the twentieth century - the Holocaust in Central Europe, the purges in the Soviet Union - as something foreign: terrible, but remote, like famine in Africa. But Rosa Rust, Rose Cohen, Freda Utley and Pearl Rimel were all Londoners, as English as fish and chips, as familiar in our capital as Piccadilly Circus. Like hundreds of young, idealistic Britons in the 1930s, they looked to the Soviet Union for inspiration, for a way in which society could be run better, without the exploitation and poverty which unrestrained capitalism had created in Britain.

They were less fortunate than most of us: they saw their dream fulfilled. Stalin's British Victims is a harrowing human document with vivid and unforgettable insights into the world of Stalin's Russia and its secret trials and labour camps.

  • Hardcover: 210 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd; First Edition edition (17 Jun 2004)
  • ISBN-10: 0750932236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750932233
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 2.6 cm