Book of the Week

The Child of Gulag

Dr. Yuri Feynberg

About the Book

The Child of Gulag is a book by Dr. Yuri C. Feynberg. It is an autobiographical book that narrates Feynberg’s childhood in Siberia. Feynberg grew up in one of the prison camps for Stalin’s political prisoners. His mother worked as a medical doctor inside the labor camp for many years. Exposed to the daily lives of hardened criminals, political critics, and other enemies of the Soviet State, Yuri learned many things about the Gulag, Soviet Russia’s Penal System. The book also narrates how this unique childhood experience has shaped young Yuri’s principles in life. The realities he witness inside the camp and among its prisoners left a lasting impression that would later enable Yuri to survive and even excel in the Soviet Special Forces, survive prosecution, and other traumatic experiences during the aftermath of the Second World War. Yuri Feynberg’s The Child of Gulag is not only a recording of an individual experience during one of Europe’s darkest times, but also a closer look at the Soviet Penal System through the eyes of an innocent child. It is for that reason that this book is a must read not only for students of history but also for those who want to understand Soviet Russia during its more turbulent and interesting times.

Author Background

Dr. Yuri Feynberg was born and raised in St. Petersburg. His mother is a medical doctor and has work in one of the labor camps in remote Siberia. He graduated from Leningrad Pedagogical Institute (currently St. Petersburg Pedagogical University) with an MA in Special Education and Speech Pathology in 1970. Years later, Yuri arrived in the United States to pursue studies in healthcare administration. He went to New York University and got his Phd. He founded the Life Adjustment Center in 1991. It is a non-profit agency for those with developmental disabilities. He also opened the LAC Comprehensive Preschool and acts as its principal. The LAC Comprehensive Preschool is an integrated, extended-day education program for children ages 2-5. Dr. Yuri Feynberg currently resides in Fort Lee, New Jersey with his wife and daughter.

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