As I Was Burying Comrade Stalin

My Life Becoming a Jewish Dissident

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Arkady Polishchuk came of age in Stalin’s Russia, in the turbulent times before, during and after World War II. His love for the Soviet dictator persisted for years until Polishchuk, a 19-year-old Jew, was not admitted to the university. In 1952, he learned about the preparations for mass deportation of Jews to Siberia. He celebrated Stalin’s death in 1953—but state oppression dominated his life as before. As a young reporter for the Kostroma regional newspaper, he met with destitute plowmen, teenage milkmaids and former prisoners turned woodcutters, and wrote about them. When his satirical flair outraged a Communist Party secretary, the KGB initiated a political case against him and he fled to avoid persecution. His memoir describes his painstaking journey toward mental and spiritual liberation.

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Arkady Polishchuk (b. 1930) is a Russian dissident and journalist stripped of Soviet citizenship in 1977. For years, he worked as a Radio Liberty correspondent in Washington, Munich, and Prague.

Bibliographic Details

Arkady Polishchuk

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8020-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3817-1
Imprint: McFarland