She married Bukharin in and they had a son, Yuri, in In , when her son was less than one year old, she was separated from him for almost 20 years when the NKVD came and arrested her. Bukharin never understood why he was being slandered but was mentally and psychologically prepared for death. Before they were separated, Bukharin instructed his wife to memorise his final testament knowing that it would be suppressed by Stalin in which he implored future generations of communist leaders to exonerate him.
Not daring to write it down, she later recalled, she used to lull herself to sleep in prison by repeating her husband's words silently to herself "like a prayer. Anna was first sent into exile and then arrested on 5 September and taken to Astrakhan. First came exile Astrakhan, then arrest and imprisonment there; next, I was sent to a camp in Tomsk for family members of so-called enemies of the people; on the way, I was held in transit cells in Saratov and Sverdlovsk ; after several months in Tomsk, I was arrested a second time and sent to an isolation prison in Novosibirsk ; from Novosibirsk, I was transferred to a prison near Kemerovo , where after three months I was taken out and put on the train for Moscow.
In Larina's memoir, she wrote mostly about her first year in the Gulag, even though she was in the Gulag for a total of 20 years. Since Anna was the wife of Bukharin, she was constantly under close surveillance and was not allowed out to perform labor. Instead, much of her time was spent dealing with the grinding boredom of doing nothing.
This I Cannot Forget: The Memoirs Of Nikolai Bukharin’S Widow
I had become accustomed to an isolated existence without books, paper, or pencil, unable to do anything but string together rhymes and memorize them by endless repetition, read from memory the verses of my favorite poets. While in the Gulag, Anna communicated with others by tapping on the walls of their cells.
Through this, Anna found out that her husband had been killed. Every single letter of his sentence, like a metal weight, banged into my brain. Although it would be best to cut off the conversation, since I still feared this might be provocation, the temptation was too great.
I had a passionate desire to find out as much as I could. During the following days, I grew attached to this condemned man who knew the true story of the trials and loved Nikolai Bartunek still. The phone wins spread translated, but covers in other context. The ability is toy.
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This I Cannot Forget: The Memoirs of Nikolai Bukharin's Widow by Anna Larina
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Larina tells the story not only of her twenty years in the Gulag but of her life as a daughter and a wife among the founding fathers of the Soviet Union. Get A Copy.
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