A fantastic product of research. It is a little dry to read just for pleasure, however, includes a wealth of information for those interested in the banality of evil. I am very concerned with the ways in which citizens become perpetrators under totalitarian regimes, and reading this book has been fascinating and enlightening. An account of the trials of some of NKVD’s scapegoats (guilty but singled out for the wrong reason) provides a window into the minds of people who tortured others to extract false convictions and the way they reason with themselves and the others when the tables are turned. I can’t wait when the larger project, of which this is part, will come out: Prof. Viola wrote it together with other Stalinist time historians, and it will be in Russian and Ukrainian, one of which I can read.
Stalinist Perpetrators on Trial: Scenes From the Great Terror in Soviet Ukraine by Lynne Viola
Published by Oxford University Press in 2017