The Forsaken: An American Tragedy in Stalin's Russia

The Forsaken: An American Tragedy in Stalin's Russia By Tim Tzouliadis, The Forsaken An American Tragedy in Stalin s Russia A remarkable piece of forgotten history the never before told story of Americans lured to Soviet Russia by the promise of jobs and better lives only to meet tragic ends In a photograph was take
  • Title: The Forsaken: An American Tragedy in Stalin's Russia
  • Author: Tim Tzouliadis
  • ISBN: 9781594201684
  • Page: 308
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Forsaken: An American Tragedy in Stalin's Russia By Tim Tzouliadis, A remarkable piece of forgotten history the never before told story of Americans lured to Soviet Russia by the promise of jobs and better lives, only to meet tragic ends In 1934, a photograph was taken of a baseball team These two rows of young men look like any group of American ballplayers, except perhaps for the Russian lettering on their jerseys The players have lefA remarkable piece of forgotten history the never before told story of Americans lured to Soviet Russia by the promise of jobs and better lives, only to meet tragic ends In 1934, a photograph was taken of a baseball team These two rows of young men look like any group of American ballplayers, except perhaps for the Russian lettering on their jerseys The players have left their homeland and the Great Depression in search of a better life in Stalinist Russia, but instead they will meet tragic and, until now, forgotten fates Within four years, most of them will be arrested alongside untold numbers of other Americans Some will be executed Others will be sent to corrective labor camps where they will be worked to death This book is the story of lives the forsaken who died and those who survived Based on groundbreaking research, The Forsaken is the story of Americans whose dreams were shattered and lives lost in Stalinist Russia.
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    1. The Forsaken by Tim Tzouliadis is an important and tragic piece of history.This is an extremely well researched book and tells the forgotten and relatively unknown story of families who emigrate to Russia from America during the era of the American Depression in the hope of a new life only to become victims of Stalin s terror during his 5 year plan in which millions of Russians and thousands of Americans are brutally interrogated and either assassinated or sent to Gulags in Siberia We learn of t [...]

    2. The other Joads Many people will be familiar with the story of the Joad family from John Steinbeck s novel The Grapes of Wrath, the great epic of the Great Depression in America, or from the film of the same name directed by John Ford and starring Henry Fonda as Tom Joad Tom and his family are dirt poor Okies , who escape from Oklahoma s ever expanding Dust Bowl, moving west to California in search of a better life Instead they are met with hostility and exploitation The Joads were lucky There w [...]

    3. My dad, when I was a kid, used to refer to Joseph Davies, America s 2nd Ambassador to the Soviet Union and native of our hometown, as a communist As I got older, I used to chalk this up to a latent McCarthyism within him, but Tzouliadis has helped me understand better something I think my dad knew about American complicity with the rise of Josef Stalin in the 1930s.Davies, among others, stands out in this book as the poster child for a quiet admiration held by many in the American government for [...]

    4. The full title of this excellent book is The Forsaken An American Tragedy in Stalin s Russia It s a very readable non fiction account of the lives of the many Americans who emigrated to the USSR during the Great Depression In the 1930 s the US was going through an enormous economic decline and rampant unemployment The USSR seemed attractive to many Americans the country was stabilizing after the October Revolution, in the middle of what was considered a grand social experiment the first communis [...]

    5. I knew I wanted to read this after all those books about Tatiana and Alexander by Paullina Simons, and although it took me a while to find it someone s TBR pile is, um, a little large , I did For some reason, probably because a Motel T is on the cover, I thought it was about Ford workers who moved to the USSR and disappeared during Stalin s decades long Terror But instead, Tzouliadias provides a comprehensive overview of the many Americans some Communists committed to Stalin s cause, some simply [...]

    6. This is the overlooked story of Americans, particularly African Americans, who left tinderbox cities like Detroit in the 1920s to work in a Soviet Ford joint plant They taught the Russians baseball and some married Russians, and then they got sucked into the storm of purges and gulags after Lenin s death as western agents, or just disposable outsiders One man s life is a catalog of catastrophe burned out of his Detroit house, arrested as a spy in 1926, rehabilitiated to work as an engineer, arre [...]

    7. One of the best, most important books I ve ever read It should be required reading in all US classrooms to explain why we fought the Cold War and why we continue to fight for freedom today Many people, some avowed communists, some just looking for work ventured to the Worker s Paradise the USSR during the Great Depression most never to be seen of or heard from again, worked to death in Stalin s gulags All but abandoned by the US, their story is truly important, and a vivid lesson as to why we ne [...]

    8. One of my friends once asked me, Why do Russians want Stalin back He was a mass murderer and killed Russians by the millions Why do Russian people think he was a good ruler All I could say was, Well, if I knew the answer, I would still live in Russia I moved to Canada, because I can t justify those sentiments Then he continued Have you heard about the thousands of Americans who immigrated to the Soviet Union to escape the Great Depression And they vanished in the Gulag Never heard of To follow u [...]

    9. Reveals the fascinating and little known phenomenon of Depression era Americans moving to the Soviet Union and ending up trapped in a Stalinist hell The author unearths the stories of these forgotten individuals, and lambastes the Americans who facilitated their tortures Ambassador Joseph Davies actually proclaimed that Stalin s show trials were legitimate Many Americans were arrested by the secret police literally right outside of the embassy, having been turned away after seeking help Paul Rob [...]

    10. This is a book that every American school student should read It will show them that their government was complicit with the Soviet Union in the imprisonment, torture and murder of thousands of American citizens There were many American service members who were captured in Korea during the Korean War who were sent into the Soviet Gulag system and never returned.

    11. Like the blurb says A remarkable piece of forgotten history How thousandsof Americans were lured to the Soviet Union during the first GreatDepression and then how so many of them including many Finns were disappeared during Stalin s Terror Absolutely riveting story

    12. An incredible book about Americans who found themselves caught up in the Soviet Gulag, a phenomenon that has largely been lost to history although authors like Whittaker Chambers and IB Singer mentioned it Hard as it might be to believe, thousands of American leftists moved to the Soviet Union in the Thirties, convinced it would be the vanguard of the future Instead, they found a cruel, paranoid totalitarian state that would eventually arrest and kill them all There are very few happy endings in [...]

    13. For those who want their history to be as fast paced and fasciating as a best sellerThis is a story about a little known group of emigrants the thousands of Americans who travelled to the USSR in the 30 s to escape the Depression and become part of the first Communist Revolution to build a new society Although many went for ideological reasons, others went for the promise of guaranteed employment and a new life.Tzouliadis details the saga of these Americans who became labeled as Enemies of the P [...]

    14. Excellent book Well written, good pacing, a nice mix of personal history and general history The author is primarily concerned with Americans imprisoned by the Soviet gulag, which probably amounted to thousands of them over a several decades, if not tens of thousands Many of those Americans unjustly imprisoned freely moved to Russia for work during the Great Depression Most of them never came back Other Americans include military personnel from WWII But the author also discusses the political si [...]

    15. This book chronicles a sad portion of American history the fate of Americans who, desperate for work during the Great Depression, emigrated to the Soviet Union Although they led productive lives in the beginning, eventually, they were forced to relinquish their American passports, and hundreds of them were among the 19 million people imprisoned and or the 7 million people executed during Stalin s reign of terror Sadly, sometimes through fear, sometimes through willful denial, and sometimes becau [...]

    16. This is a book about the great terror in Soviet Russia It focuses on the fate of the thousands of Americans who emigrated to Russia in search of a better life during the depression of the 1930s The emigrants were na ve in the extreme, and when Stalin unleashed his murderous purges they were liquidated Few survived to tell the tale.What is sickening is that the US Government did next to nothing to help its erstwhile citizens Many of the functionaries dealing with the increasingly desperate pleas [...]

    17. Professor Harvey Klehr has chosen to discuss Tim Tzouliadis s The Forsaken An American Tragedy in Stalin s Russia , on FiveBooks as one of the top five on his subject Communism in America, saying that This is a fairly recent book which is wonderful and very depressing It is an account of a large number of Americans who were living in Russia in the 1930s Many of these people were caught up in the purge trials and hundreds of them were killed The full interview is available here thebrowser books i [...]

    18. This book was an eye opener for me I was amazed that nearly 10,000 depression era autoworkers became expatriates to Stalin s Russia, following political idealism in order to establish automotive plants and worker communities in the Soviet Union, yet becoming political pawns completely abandoned by the U.S as nearly all were consumed by Stalin s gulags This is the most fascinating book I ve read in years, with remarkable parallels to modern political industrial situations.

    19. So that prisons should vanish forever, we built new prisonsSo that work should become a rest and a pleasure, we introduced forced labor So that not one drop of blood be shed any , we killed and killed and killed Andrei Sinyavsky, On Socialist Realism.This book was eye opening as was this quote, which sheds a TRUE light on socialism.

    20. DNF I hate to admit it, but the writing in this book was simply too poor to be enjoyable The research is there and the subject matter definitely has the potential to be turned into a fascinating book this, unfortunately, is not that book Tzouliadis writes in broad, general statements, instead of utilizing individual tales to tell the overall story of the men and women who left their lives behind in Depression era America to begin anew in Soviet Russia Very disappointing I will however, state, th [...]

    21. This book will give you nightmares, and illustrate the great depths of the tragedy of the 20th century, the Soviet Union The story of the Stalinist repressions is given from Americans who moved to the Soviet Union during the Depression seeking jobs or as part of socialist idealism, believing the propaganda of Stalin s regime The depth of horrors cannot be understated, nor can the blindness that both the US government or other radicals took to the mass executions and imprisonment in the gulags of [...]

    22. So, I m one of the handful of people on to review The Forsaken unfavorably I m obviously missing something, because the book received glowing acclaim and it covers one of my favorite topics, yet it was a chore to finish Don t get me wrong objectively, I understand the high praise Tzouliadis has the gift of showing not telling and evinces many of the Soviet system s hypocrisies by retelling apparently insignificant anecdotes But did it have to be so tedious There s a lot of rich content here, but [...]

    23. Oh my gosh This is a heavily documented book telling of the well concealed history of the fate of thousands of American families who were lured Eastward, to Russia, during the Great Depression Henry Ford set up shop there and that industry, along with many others, brought jobless Americans eagerly anticipating a good job at the least, and an Utopian Society at the most in this new order under the mighty Joseph Stalin Stalin actually ran adds in American newspapers enticing people to come to Russ [...]

    24. I can t recommend this book highly enough For as much as we think we may know or be aware of regaring the Stalinist period which was so long and so deadly , lovers of freedom are going to feel the heartbreak of the fate that awaited the sincerely optimistic and forward looking Americans who believed that the way forward for mankind was to build the workers paradise What is tragic is that they and their ideals were betrayed by the very place that they believed would uphold freedom The class socie [...]

    25. This book was amazing It is a history book about the thousands of Americans who immigrated to the USSR during the great depression and what happened to them along with the blind eyes of the American government These people were viewed as flotsam and jetsam and were unimportant in WW2 or the beginnings of the cold war, not that many had survived the Terror of the late 1930 s Tzouliadis book covers from the beginnings of the depression to the end of the USSR with a high focus on the area between 1 [...]

    26. Anyone who tries to defend the policies and history of Trotsky, Lenin, or Stalin has no credibility and doesn t know what they are talking about Trust me, I ve done my homework on these things Don t believe me take a look at my reading list Soviet Communism is just like the modern day Republican Party it had principles that aren t practical, it was full of illusions and broken dreams, it was full of talking heads like Glen Beck, Rush Bimbaugh, and inevitably Soviet Communism led to a crisis in m [...]

    27. 4.5This should be required reading I did not learn about this in any of my history classes, but most likely because it hasn t been known or rather accepted until recently I knew Stalin was evil I just didn t understand the depth and breadth of it until reading this book It was difficult to read at times and very difficult to understand how this could have happened Hitler and his concentration camps killed 6 million people Stalin and his gulag labor camps killed nearly 3 times that amount It is h [...]

    28. This story deserves to be better known It is a story of thousands of Americans misguided or driven to despair by the Depression who went to Russia in the 1930s, most of them to perish in the Soviet prisons and concentration camps while American diplomats, journalists and government officials looked the other way.It s a heartbreaking story these people had no Schindler, no Raoul Wallenberg In fact, I didn t know, or had forgotten, that Wallenberg, after saving thousands of Jews from the Holocaust [...]

    29. This is one of the most disturbing books I ve read in quite awhile Thousands of Americans emigrated to the Soviet Union during the Depression in order to find work Starting in the 1930 s and continuing for over twenty years, they and millions of Russians were either executed or sent off into the gulag Basically, American officials who were aware of this stood by and did nothing to help their fellow countrymen Not only were the immigrants sent off but American POW s liberated by Russian troops we [...]

    30. The story of the Forsaken is something I have never heard of No one mentions it in the USA and, of course, in Russia I liked the book but I would have liked it a lot if the author focused on a couple of families and followed them all the way instead of talking about the USSR in general a lot There were no pictures as well, I was hoping to see at least the one the author mentions very much baseball players at Gorky park I was hoping it would be personal.

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