Northampton Neighbors Speaker Series Presents: Readings and discussion of “My Journey: How One Woman Survived Stalin’s Gulag”

Date(s) - Friday, September 11, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Northampton Neighbors Speaker Series Presents



Readings and discussion of

“My Journey: How One Woman Survived Stalin’s Gulag”

by Olga Sliozberg

Translated by Katharine Baker,

translator of this stunning account of perseverance in the face of injustice and unimaginable hardship.



Friday, September 11, 2020

3:00-4:00 PM via Zoom

Katharine Baker will discuss her experience in translating Sliozberg’s powerful memoir, the best account of the daily life of women in Soviet prison camps and one of the best known of all Gulag memoirs. She will read passages from the memoir, and show photographs of Sliozberg and her family. In 1994, while participating in a Moscow-based research project on Soviet victims of Stalin’s political purges, she was given a copy of Sliozberg’s memoir and decided to translate it into English, so a wider readership could learn of Sliozberg’s Gulag experience. At the time, “My Journey,” was one of the first Gulag memoirs to become widely circulated underground. Alexander Solzhenitsyn relied heavily upon it when writing “Gulag Archipelago.”
Katharine Baker is a retired family therapist who lived and worked for many years in the Washington D.C. area. She moved to western Massachusetts 20 years ago and has been active with Northampton Neighbors since its founding, serving as president from 2018-20.  She holds an MA in Russian history from New York University and a PhD in social work from Catholic University. She has had a lifelong interest in Russian history, music, language, and literature.

Katharine’s translation of “My Journey: How One Woman Survived Stalin’s Gulag” was published by Northwestern University Press, in 2011. The book may be purchased online at or by order at Broadside Bookshop.

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