To the group.
The following extracts are from the book "STALINS
SECRET WAR", BY NICOLAI TOLSTOY pub. 1981 by PAN.
I do hope that the author will excuse the liberty I
have taken in quoting these extracts, and that he will
understand my reasons for doing this.
I am still in the process of reading the book (painful
reading). If anyone is interested I would encourage
them to buy it.
P.111/P112 'It was the NKVD, however, which struck
real fear in the Poles.......'
'The train had taken six weeks to do the journey to
Moscow and during this time bread and water had been
given to the prisoners at only irregular intervals. Of
the 36 passengers, only 3 reached their destination
'Corpses of children froze in the snow and their
mothers vainly Striving to restore them to life,
covered them with their own bodies and felt the same
deathly chill creep up their limbs and touch their
P74/P75 'If a states degree of liberty or oppression
is to be measured by the extent of the coercive powers
employed to sustain it's government, then Soviet
Russia must be the most oppressive power the world has
'Torture had long been abolished in Imperial Russia,
but the Soviet regime showed no lack of resource in
making up for lost time. There were straight forward
beatings, for instance "with rubber truncheons on the
back, the thighs and, what is much more painful on the
'Women and young girls were thrown in the cells,
beaten to pulp. The hair was torn from their scalps,
their fingers broken, their toes crushed, their teeth
knocked in, temples crushed, skin broken
POLES A POTENT THREAT IN STALINS MIND
P180. 'The Poles remained a potent threat in Stalin's
Unlike the Russians who could be battered, crushed,
beaten and tortured into submission, the Poles
possessed an unpleasantly durable quality which had
caused their nation time and again to rise up after
disaster. This resilience and courage aroused
grudging respect in Stalin.......'
'In 1943 German occupying forces excavated the burial
ground at Katyn, and broadcast its discovery to an
embarrassed world. "The less said about that the
better", grunted Winston Churchill, whilst Roosevelt
declared it all to be "German propaganda and a German
plot". Just over 4.000 Polish corpses were found at
Katyn, but the resting place of more than 10.000
others at Ostashkev and Starobialsk is
Any one who doubts the events in Siberia might like to
read this book - written by a Russian!!!
My quotes are minimal, his descriptions are vivid and
the information gained from victims first hand
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