Table of contents

Translator’s Preface ix
Hans Rudolf Gahle r
Acknowledgements xi
Karin and Rex Marshall
Editor’s Introduction xiii
Heather Marshall
Introduction xxix
Michael Seadle
Surviving the Gulag 1
Index 239


The first-person account of a German woman who survived five years in Russian prison camps.

“It is getting colder and colder. At -38°C we don’t have to work any more. ” Surviving the Gulag is the first-person account of a complex woman who survived five horrifying years in Russian prison camps: starved, beaten and worked nearly to death. A story like Ilse Johansen’s is rarely told—of a woman caught in the web of fascism and communism at the end of the Second World War and the beginning of the Cold War. Her candid account of her time as a prisoner, written soon after her release, provides startling insight into the trials of a German female prisoner under Soviet rule. This book will appeal to readers of memoir and history, as well as to students of feminism and war studies.


"Surviving the Gulag is an unflinching story of being a German woman in the very places that have been written about by so many men. " [Full review at http://www. ralphmag. org/JC/gulag. html]

- Lolita Lark