The Testament: Sounds of Silence

by Elie Wiesel

Summit; 346 pages; $13.95

Of all Stalin's victims, none would seem so obscure as the Soviet writers who were rounded up and murdered on the night of Aug. 12, 1952. It was the Premier's last act of anti-Semitic paranoia, and he made certain that if his victims were barely known in life, they would be totally obliterated in death. It was not enough that the victims were to vanish from society, they were also to disappear from history.

But, as George Eliot observed, there is a roar on the other side of...

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