The Nazino affair was the mass deportation of 6, people to Nazino Island in the Soviet .. In a documentary L’île aux Cannibales (Cannibal Island) was made, based on the book. , ISBN · Werth, Nicolas ( ), Cannibal Island: Death in a Siberian Gulag, Princeton University Press, ISBN. Cannibal Island has ratings and 7 reviews. Rodrigo said: An impressive book. A real story of death, suffering and violence. What impresses me the mos. Cannibal Island: In , Nearly 5, Died In One Of Stalin’s Most GULAG – the network of labor camps that spread across the Soviet Union.

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Parausanu Emanuel-Liviu rated it liked it Nov 15, Claudia rated it liked it Nov 07, The guards established their own reign of terror, gulsg settlers and executing people for minor offences despite being apathetic towards the gangs. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Cannibal Island: Death in a Siberian Gulag

The sparsity of resources led to gangs forming, who began using violence to dominate the island. Megan Karr rated it it was amazing Jan 08, Afterward, all flour was distributed via “brigadiers” who collected flour for their brigade of about people.

However, some of them brought their documents with them: In October, the commission estimated that of the roughly 2, survivors from Nazino Island, half were ill and bedridden, and that only about to were physically capable of working. Most deportees refused to work in the new settlements due to their previous treatment.


Nazino affair

Eventually, the turn to cannibalism is more out of desperation than anything else. As declasse elements are shipped into the wilderness to start making themselves useful by building shelter and raising crops a skill none of them as lifelong city dwellers had not prepared them for they get sick and die.

Many of the victims were sent to labor camps, but ten thousand of them were aa in a remote wasteland and left to fend for themselves. Cannibal Island reveals the shocking, grisly truth about their fate.

The arrival of so many deportees panicked Tomsk authorities, who slberian them as “starving and contagious. He tried to save her, but she had lost too much blood.

Just a moment while we sign you in siberiian your Goodreads account. The only thing that could be more so is maybe the idea that this could also happen islans. Sylwia Szymula rated it liked it Jan 26, Nicolas Werth, a French historian of the Soviet era, reconstructs their gruesome final days using rare archival material from deep inside the Stalinist vaults. On May 21, the three health officers counted 70 new deaths, with signs of cannibalism observed in five cases.

The repressive machine, built up with bureaucratic precision, with quotas, objectives and teams desperate to reach their targets rounding up people to be sent to death ih with no particular reason.


River transport to the final labor camps was closed until the start of May until ice on the Ob and Tom Rivers cleared.

Cannibal Island: Death in a Siberian Gulag – Nicolas Werth, Steven Werth – Google Books

About a third of the deportees were criminals who were sent in order to “decongest the prisons. Jan Tomasz GrossSteven Rendall.

Two nights after their arrival in Tomsk a disturbance broke out, as they demanded drinking water, which was put down by mounted troops. They asked us “Where’s the railway?

Cannibal Island: Death in a Siberian Gulag by Jan Tomasz Gross

About 1, additional deportees arrived on May These people were abandoned on the island of Nazino without food or shelter. Edward Poulsen rated it liked it Jan 03, Guards hunted and killed other escapees, as if they were hunting animals for sport.

People were running away starving. According to the plan of Yagoda and Berman, the deportees would pass through transit camps at Tomsk, Omskand Achinsk. Hardcoverpages. Cannibal Island cannobal us to confront unpleasant facts not only about Stalin’s punitive social controls and his failed Soviet utopia, but about every generation’s capacity for brutality–including our own.