Secrets and Spies

Secrets and Spies

The Harbin Files

by Mara Moustafine

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/11/2002

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From secret police files retrieved from the archives in post-Soviet Russia to the horror of Stalin's purges, Secrets and Spies unravels the complex historical forces which shaped a family's destiny. Harbin in north China was once the heart of a vibrant Russian community of diverse cultural and political origins. But by the mid-1930s, the Japanese occupation of Manchuria drove many Russians to seek refuge elsewhere. For the thousands who returned to their motherland in the Soviet Union, it was a bitter homecoming. At the height of Stalin's purges, they were arrested as Japanese spies. Some were shot, others sent to labour camp, few survived. Among them were members of the author's family. Driven by curiosity and armed with chutzpah, Mara Moustafine fronted up at the headquarters of the former KGB in post-Soviet Moscow and asked for help to discover what had happened. She got more than she bargained for. The family's secret police files, retrieved from archives at opposite ends of Russia, revealed the horror of the purges as well as startling secrets about their lives in turbulent years in China and the Soviet Union. What was fact? What was fiction? Written with sensitivity and
ISBN:
9781740510912
Category:
Ethnic studies
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-11-2002
Publisher:
Random House Australia
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
312
Dimensions (mm):
198x131x38mm
Weight:
0.47kg

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