New Book Tells Soviet Penal System Child’s Intriguing Story
By Mel Fabrikant Saturday, February 23, 2013, 05:53 PM EST
The new memoir releasing this month, “The Child of Gulag,” tells the story of New Jersey resident Yuri Feynberg, one of the last surviving children of the Soviet Penal System, also known as the GULAG.
Although not a prisoner, Feynberg spent his childhood behind the barbed wired fence in a remote Siberian hard labor camp, where his mother worked as a medical doctor.
As the only child there, he lived among Stalin’s political prisoners, hardcore criminals, and security guards.
This extraordinary childhood created an unusual personality and an unbendable character, which made it possible for Feynberg to excel in the Soviet Special Forces, survive prosecution, and overcome unfathomable personal tragedies without losing his humanity.
Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore , or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.
In 1970, Feynberg graduated from the Leningrad Pedagogical Institute (currently St. Petersburg Pedagogical University) with an MA in Special Education and Speech Pathology. In 1991, he started the Life Adjustment Center, a non-profit agency for the developmentally disabled. He currently lives in Montvale, New Jersey.