Journey into the Whirlwind | Study Guide

Eugenia Ginzburg

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Timeline of Events

  • December 1, 1934

    Leningrad Communist Party leader Sergei Kirov is murdered.

    Part 1, Chapter 1
  • February 1935

    Genia Ginzburg receives a reproof for failing to denounce her colleague Nikolay Elvov.

    Part 1, Chapter 3
  • Spring 1935

    Comrades Beylin and Malyuta interrogate Genia about her actions related to Elvov.

    Part 1, Chapter 4
  • August 1935

    Genia is found guilty of having compromised with hostile elements and loses her teaching license.

    Part 1, Chapter 4
  • December 1936

    Genia's charges are upgraded to collaborating with enemies of the people.

    Part 1, Chapter 7
  • February 7, 1937

    Genia is expelled from the Communist Party.

    Part 1, Chapter 9
  • February 15, 1937

    Captain Vevers arrests Genia, and she is imprisoned in the Black Lake Street prison.

    Part 1, Chapter 11
  • July 1937

    Genia is transferred to the Butyrki prison in Moscow to await trial by a military tribunal.

    Part 1, Chapter 25
  • August 1, 1937

    Genia is found guilty of political crimes and sentenced to 10 years of solitary confinement.

    Part 1, Chapter 29
  • Later that day

    Genia is imprisoned in the Pugachev Tower while awaiting transfer to solitary confinement.

    Part 1, Chapter 31
  • Two weeks later

    Genia is transferred to solitary confinement at the Yaroslavl prison.

    Part 1, Chapter 32
  • Several weeks later

    Julia Karepova arrives to share Genia's cell.

    Part 1, Chapter 34
  • Several days later

    Genia and Julia now receive library books in their cell.

    Part 1, Chapter 35
  • December 1937

    Genia spends five days in the underground punishment cell.

    Part 1, Chapter 37
  • May 1939

    Genia learns she is to serve the remainder of her sentence in a corrective labor camp in Siberia.

    Part 1, Chapter 46
  • June 1939

    Genia travels north en route to the camp in Car Number 7 of a special train.

    Part 2, Chapter 1
  • Two months later

    Genia takes the steamer Dzhurma to Kolyma.

    Part 2, Chapter 4
  • Two months later

    Helmut saves Genia from Ahmet's sexual overtures.

    Part 2, Chapter 6
  • The next day

    Genia is transferred to the state farm at Elgen, where she is assigned to cut trees.

    Part 2, Chapter 7
  • About three months later

    Genia is transferred back to the camp to work in a children's home.

    Part 2, Chapter 9

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Part 1, Chapters 1–3 On December 1, 1934, a member of the Communist Party phones Genia Ginzburg, a teacher, and instructs her to be at the ... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 4–6 One spring day in 1935 Genia Ginzburg and her husband, Paul Aksyonov, visit Livadia, the regional committee's villa ou... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 7–9 In December 1936, Genia Ginzburg takes the train to Moscow to respond to Yemelyan Yaroslavsky's summons. In despair, s... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 10–12 Genia Ginzburg spends the next eight days at home, waiting for the next event to happen. She unrealistically clutches ... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 13–15 During her first night in the Black Lake Street cellars, Genia Ginzburg is taken to an office and interrogated. Her fi... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 16–18 During the next month Genia Ginzburg is interrogated only once. From the interrogator, she learns her children are wel... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 19–21 Her interrogation over, Genia Ginzburg is moved to the prison in Krasin Street. Before leaving, she and Garey Sagidull... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 22–24 One summer morning the prisoners hear fragments of news broadcasts from outside the prison and know "something's up." ... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 25–27 After the train arrives in Moscow, Genia Ginzburg and her fellow prisoners "sense the tremendous scale of the operatio... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 28–30 Three weeks after arriving at Butyrki prison, Genia Ginzburg is called out of her cell and told to leave her things. S... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 31–33 Instead of returning to her former cell at the Butyrki prison, Genia Ginzburg is sent to Pugachev Tower to await depor... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 34–36 With nothing else in her cell, Genia Ginzburg repeatedly reads the 22 rules posted on her wall. "The opus," authorized... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 37–39 On December 1, 1937, the third anniversary of Sergei Kirov's death, Genia is placed in an underground punishment cell ... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 40–42 The year 1938 passes monotonously. Genia Ginzburg and her cellmate, Julia Karepova, rise at the warder's command to ge... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 43–45 In late June of 1938 Genia Ginzburg receives a letter from her mother saying her father died on May 31. Thirty minutes... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 46–48 In May of 1939 Genia Ginzburg and Julia Karepova are encouraged by the news of Nikolay Yezhov's downfall and try to pr... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 1–3 It's June 1939 when Genia Ginzburg and 75 other women board Car Number 7. Although they have no idea of their destinat... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 4–6 Genia Ginzburg and her fellow prisoners take a steamer, the Dzhurma, to Kolyma. They are crammed onto the ship where t... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 7–9 The prisoners travel from Magadan to Elgen in an open truck. Although it is April, it is bitterly cold. The Siberian l... Read More
Epilogue Genia Ginzburg narrates this chapter after she has been freed and is in her fifties. She finds it hard to believe "such ... Read More
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