Me and my fellow slave workers building the White Sea.
The situation of factories during Stalin’s five-year plan.
The pact between Hilter and Stalin called the Nazi-Soviet pact went through. A pact made so that the two countries would never go to war with another. The two nations were finally at peace, but Stalin was in control. He had all his ambitions, his absolute autocracy. He was the most powerful man in Russia.
From witnessing my own mother’s death, returning home to my frozen family, horrific still continued to happen. Now I would believe that the time before the revolution may have lead a peaceful life for me and my new family. Russia’s land was filled with conflicts, from the economic system the USSR should follow to Stalin’s absolute autocracy that was not so much different to Tsar. On Trotsky’s sick leave to the south of USSR, Stalin made it his mission to become the next leader, and he did. In 1929, as the NEP system did not work well for the USSR, Stalin tried to introduce us, peasants, to the ‘Collectivisation’ plan. He suggested we’d pool our fields, horses, and tools together on a kolkhoz, a collective farm. Instead of making profit ourselves, we were supposed to sell the grains on a fixed low price to the government and get wages from our work. I had nothing much to lose, but neither did I like this system. Either way, I had no choice but to follow Stalin’s wishes, for my family. Peasants that wen against, who were more well off, Kulaks, were deported and had to fight for their survival. Even with this plan, though, famine came for use and my family almost died to starvation.
Near the start of the ‘Collectivisation‘, Stalin also introduced a five-year plan put great stress on factory workers. Where the output of things like coal, oil, iron, steel, etc was to tripled, things like clothes, furniture, shoes, etc. were to be doubled. Like these were not enough, we were to work ‘uninterrupted‘. Meaning we would work seven days of the week without a day off. A day off without reason which was later changed to being twenty minutes late to work in 1938, was called absenteeism. I missed my family time, which now shorted to nothing. Even during the time Tsar was in rule or any time before Stalin, I would have sufficient family time, I didn’t have to feel so pressured. During the first five-year plan, many traveled to the city just to find work, which included me. Even with this harsh discipline, we all knew we were better than those ‘advanced countries’ with high unemployment percentages.
As I failed to achieve Stalin standards, they immediately sent me to the prison camp, I could only pray they my family would do okay without me. In this prison camp, all the prisoners were basically slaves so it was more so a labor camp than a prison. We were commanded by the Gulag. The Gulag is a secret police that was set up to run these labor camps. We do work that require lots of people, the projects that were too ambitious that there weren’t enough official workers. Us, prisoners, were called zeks and had to work hard just to receive enough food to survive.
Everyone in the camp knew about the Great Purge and the death of Sergei Kirov. We would always hear the cadets stationed here talking loudly about the world outside of here. Such as the fact that on the day of Kirov’s murder, Stalin issued an order that anyone suspected of ‘terrorism’ were to be investigated and executed immediately. How Nikolayev was secretly charged. Or how people claimed that the NKVD, Stalin’s secret police, let Nikolayev kill Kirov. We heard it all. The Great Purge had caused great chaos in the Party, dividing the group, then eventually it turned into the Great Terror.
Opinion – was it worth it?:
Personally, I believe in the end everything Russia went through was worth it until the current time of Alexander’s Journal was not worth it. Rather it was worse than their initial start. Tsar, as bad as he was, he was still better than Stalin. Killing millions, Tsar is nothing compared to Stalin. Tsar and Stalin may have the similarity of the autocracy, but other than that they were two completely different people with different types of influences. Tsar certainly left peasants unsatisfied, but Stalin had completely made their life miserable. Only the few years, under the power of Lenin, would the revolution have been worth it. They basically came back to square one, but into the negatives.