Sergei’s Life Continued

My jaw dropped open, as I heard the news playing on the radio, Stalin was going to sign a treaty with Hitler? I don’t see any good of this deal. I jumped out of my chair, bolted through my little farmhouse, and slammed the gates behind me. As I reach downtown, people throughout the whole city was gathered around. Discussing the situation. Thinking back to that terrible time, where we had all starved in pain, I was not so sure about this step that Stalin had taken.

After that horrible period of the civil wars, I decided to become a farmer, with my loving wife and 3 children. Altogether, we live in a farmhouse far from the city center. Mostly to avoid danger. Just as our peaceful life was going well, Stalin, that filthy man, has announced the new plan “collectivization farm” This needed us to sell all of our crops, at a very cheap price to the government. Of course, we didn’t like that stupid plan, how stubborn and idiotic was Stalin, none of us farmers was satisfied. And so, we killed all of our animals and tore down our crops, burning the building and wrecking our tools. I know this way of expressing hate wouldn’t benefit me in any way. But, perhaps this was the only way of saying no to the government. However, our actions resulted in a famine that Stalin had always feared. It happened anyway, and over the next three years, millions of people starved to death. There wasn’t even bread in the market. I decided that the job of a farmer wasn’t going to keep our family running, so, I quit my job and started working in a canned food factory.

Over that time, people starved, there were soldiers everywhere on the streets, people begging for food. I had never felt so desperate in my whole life. Working as a factory worker wasn’t easy,. By 2918 Gosplan produced its first “Five Year Plan” It was an attempt for the development of industry, railway, trade, canals, agriculture, energy, housing, and education, so as the public services. They set goals for every industry, and when workers did not achieve these targets, we were punished. The plan worked very well, and we worked very hard to achieve these targets. However, our colleges that did not work hard enough were often punished. Then Stalin changed the plan, it turned into a Four Year plan However, people were concerned. At last, the plan was sort of achieved, with challenges that we had overcome together. Maybe our lives could be getting better. I was trusting our leader, Stalin, a little bit more compared to before.

Time passed by very fast, and the start of the great purge had happened, this meant that the party members were expelled if considered unreliable. And, if anyone was ever a supporter of Trotsky. As the purge spread, it involved more than the party. Marshal Tuchachevsky, our greatest leader, and several other general were all arrested and shot dead. Because of accused of spying for Germany and Japan. By 2939, three of five Red Army Marshals and almost half of the officers had been shot dead. People were denouncing each other for good, Children were encouraged to denounce their parents, and Some people were even arrested for not being able to denounce. Everyone was living in terror and nobody even knew when to speak.

Even to this day, I could still imagine fighting in the civil war, seeing the fall and rise of our beloved TSAR and the death of Lenin. I had been through so much. And it has been so hard to get to today. I witnessed the death of many people and had become someone that survived these terrible events. Even though I am sad and sorry for all of those that had sacrificed. I am surely grateful for what I have now.






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