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De-Stalinising Eastern Europe

The Rehabilitation of Stalin’s Victims after 1953

  • Kevin McDermott
  • Matthew Stibbe

About this book


This unique volume examines how and to what extent former victims of Stalinist terror from across the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe were received, reintegrated and rehabilitated following the mass releases from prisons and labour camps which came in the wake of Stalin's death in 1953 and Khrushchev's reforms in the subsequent decade.


Communism Eastern Europe Khrushchev Soviet Union Stalin Stalinism communism Europe Hungary Ukraine Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)

Editors and affiliations

  • Kevin McDermott
    • 1
  • Matthew Stibbe
    • 1
  1. 1.Sheffield Hallam UniversityUK

About the editors

Marc Elie, Centre d'études des mondes russe, caucasien, et centre-européen, France Andrea Pet?, Central European University, Hungary Piotr K?adoczny, University of Warsaw, Poland Klára Pinerová, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic Calin Goina, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania Jordan Baev, Rakovski National Defense College, Bulgaria Oleg Bazhan, National University of 'Kyiv-Mohyla Academy', Ukraine Igor Ca?u, State University of Moldova, Moldova Ir?na Saleniece, Daugavpils University, Latvia Iryna Ramanava, European Humanities University, Lithuania Miriam Dobson, University of Sheffield, UK

Bibliographic information


“Essays work together to provide a picture of the rehabilitation of Stalin’s victims in selected Soviet republics and states in the Soviet sphere of influence. They provide details for the overarching themes of what rehabilitation truly meant for the victims and how these victims sometimes acted on their own behalf. All the essays are captivating and backed by numerous references. Therefore, this collected work is highly recommended.” (Christina Baxter, Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 65 (7), October, 2017)