Difficult history: Writings reveal much about life in the ‘evil empire’

by Jimmy Tomlin

December 16, 2011

hpe-olgaHIGH POINT – A Russian immigrant’s daughter now living in High Point has published a collection of her late father’s writings about Communist life in the Soviet Union.

“Voices From the Past,” which was compiled, edited and published by Olga Gladky Verro of High Point, is a collection of short stories written by her father, Orest M. Gladky, a White Army volunteer who vehemently opposed Communism.

“My father wrote things for posterity – his work was like a time capsule describing the life of the people during the Communist era,” Verro says. “When he became very ill, he brought all his writings to me and said, ‘Here it is, my lifetime work preserved for posterity, so people will know what socialism was like in the Soviet Union and will know how the people suffered.’”

According to Verro, her father was branded an “enemy of the people” for his volunteer service as a teenage soldier – he was only 16 – in the White Army in the Russian civil war that followed the 1917 revolution.

“He was a victim of the Soviet era,” Verro says. “He joined the White Army, and for that he was persecuted his whole life. We constantly moved from one place to another to evade the government.”

Gladky was a writer between 1945 and 1977, publishing his short stories in Russian immigrant journals and newspapers in England, New York, San Francisco and Buenos Aires. According to his daughter, Gladky’s writings typically denounced Communism.

In 1967, for example, he wrote, “The world should fear Communism in itself. Russia got to know it with millions of victims, with rivers of blood and tears, and she herself will shake off the red beast in a year predetermined not by us.”

Verro, who was born in Ukraine and immigrated to the United States in 1959, has lived in High Point since 1988. She decided to publish her father’s writings, she says, because it was his desire for people to understand how deplorable Communist life was, so that history will not repeat itself.

“His writings are a time capsule preserving snapshots of people’s lives under the socialist-communist dictatorship,” Verro says. “I release his works in order to share them with today’s readers to warn that, unheeded, the socialist Soviet past could become democracy’s perilous future.”

According to Verro, her father’s stories – which are typically one to three pages each and are told in a storytelling format – offer snapshots of people’s lives under Soviet rule.

“Most people know Russia was an evil empire, so when they’re reading, they’re not surprised to find out what is in the book,” Verro says. “But it will complement very well any person who knows these things. It’s not history – it’s not the dates of the battles and that sort of thing – it’s about ordinary people and their lives. It could appeal to someone who is historically inclined or to someone who likes short stories.”

Verro published both English and Russian versions of the book. She also has plans to publish more books of her family’s history, including one that will tell the story of her marriage to an Italian prisoner of war in Germany.

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WANT TO GO?

Olga Gladky Verro will sign copies of “Voices From the Past” at 2 p.m. Saturday December 17 at Barnes & Noble, 906 Mall Loop Road.

The book is a collection of short stories written by Verro’s father, Orest M. Gladky, and edited and published by Verro.

For more information about the book, the author and the editor, visit www.olgagladkyverroeditor.com.

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December 18, 2011

Thank you to Jimmy Tomlin for an excellent news story. The history enthusiasts from High Point and neighboring towns came to Barnes and Noble and shared their ideas on the importance of the books that tell the new generation about the already forgotten but recent history of the failed tragic socialist experiment in the Soviet Union that could help them to make important decisions for the future of their country.

Olga Gladky Verro, Editor of “Voices From The Past” by Orest M. Gladky.

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