One of the people who have played quite an indispensable role with the further progression of information with the help of cultivating the oral history of Russia is the famous Mr. Orlando Figes. Oral history strives to see and project a different point of view in which people can not actually find on most written or printed sources. The interviews that are conducted are to those people who are involved, experienced and/or participated with specific historical events and these are watched over for the utilization of historical information of the future generation. As you can see, the Oral History is the anthology as well as the examination of the historical information that concerns the important events, individuals, daily lives or families with the use of audio tapes, dictation and videotapes of scheduled meeting.
On a different topic, the memorial society is an international historical and civil rights group that operates in numerous post-soviet states which are also known as the former Soviet Union. The group is mainly focused with the documentation and exposure of the Soviet Union’s dictatorial past. Orlando Figes has been able to collaborate with this group and with their help, they were able to collect huge amount of personal family archives straight from the homes of the Russian people. Some of these archives are memoirs, diaries, personal papers, photographs and other work of arts that they were able to find under the secret drawers and the mattresses of the private homes in Russia.
The survivors are hiding it because of the terror that they still feel from the Stalin regime. All of these precious research, documentations and artifacts are kept safe in the memorial society of the St. Petersburg, Moscow and perm. Mr. Figes conducted more than a thousand interviews with the perpetrators as well as the survivors of the Stalinist epoch domination just so he could be able to complete his book which is entitled as “The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia. This book represents the majority of the records collected in regards with the private life of an individual in the period of Stalin.
Through his book, he shows the terror and fear that the families were able to feel and experience. Mr. Orlando Figes was also able to show the sentiments, beliefs, social identity crisis, moral issues and combined recollection of the people that existed during that time. In short, the book deeply pores over the effect of the Soviet Administration to the minds of the Russian people as well as show to the people of today what it was like before. The book also stresses out the significance and importance of oral testimonials about the recuperation to the chronicles of tyranny with the former Soviet Union. The context of the book deals with the internal bearing of the said subjugation that unlike other books, it doesn’t only focus on the external detail of what happened.