Stories of Italians in the GULag
- Roberto Anderson the romantic Communist, a scion of Rome's haute bourgeoisie, who emigrated into the USSR to build socialism and was shot dead by Stalin in 1938
- Vincenzo Baccalà and Maria Pia Piccioni he emigrated to the Soviet Union; he was arrested and shot because of his revolutionary activities
- Andrea Bertazzoni the lucky "comrade" who escaped all purges of Stalin's, but not those of the PCI
- Dante Corneli a anti-fascist italian writer, he was imprisoned in a gulag for ten years
- Gino De Marchi and Luciana De Marchi he has been a film director, an Italian anti-fascism and a victim of Stalinism
- Emilio Guarnaschelli and Nella Masutti he was a workman and an anti-fascist Italian communist
- Edmondo Peluso he was a journalist in many socialist editorial offices; he was interrogated and tortured
- The Pergolos an Italian family persecuted by the Communist regime in Crimea
Stories of Italian victims
of Soviet totalitarianism
During the Twenties and until the early Thirties of the Twentieth Century, political refugees joined the ranks of the traditional Italian immigrant communities in Kerc’ and Mariupol. These newcomers were communists, anarchists, socialists and antifascists in general. Moscow became the destination of continuous political pilgrimage: very often, albeit for a short time, it was visited by the middle and high rank Italian Communist Party officials, the militants who came to work as officers in the party's branches and, in the end, the cadres who had to study at the party schools. We can calculate that at the time there were nearly 4,000 Italian in the USSR.
As a whole, nearly 1.020 underwent some kind of crackdown from 1919 and 1951: shooting, internment in a labour camp, confinement, deportation, deprivation of civil rights, loss of job, outcasting. At least 110 where shot and 140 sentenced to forced labour, while about 50 of them were confined, while over 550 members of the Italian communities in Crimea were deported to Northern Kazakhstan in 1942.
Despite all, many kept on believing in the ideal of communism and those among them who managed to get into safety, very often returned to civil life resigned and hopeless. Some of them instead were deceived, above all to honor the disappeared comprades. In this mission they met with huge difficulties, they risked to undergo new persecutions and they underwent discrimination and ostracism.
Their tales have just started coming into light, as the Soviet archives are opened and the group Memorial in Moscow carries out its denounciation activities.