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Police AestheticsLiterature, Film, and the Secret Police in Soviet Times$
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Cristina Vatulescu

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804760805

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804760805.001.0001

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Arresting Biographies: The Personal File in the Soviet Union and Romania

Arresting Biographies: The Personal File in the Soviet Union and Romania

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(p.27) Chapter One Arresting Biographies: The Personal File in the Soviet Union and Romania
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Police Aesthetics
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DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804760805.003.0002

This chapter, which examines the personal files and arresting biographies compiled by the secret police in the Soviet Union and Romania, analyzes surveillance and investigation materials, and highlights the overarching trajectory and differences between Stalinist and post-Stalinist files. The analysis indicates that the secret police had an ever-changing view of their subjects and did not only passively depict, but attempted to rewrite, them.

Keywords:   arresting biographies, personal files, secret police, Soviet Union, Romania, surveillance materials, investigation materials, Stalinist files, post-Stalinist files

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