Boris Gorbatov

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Boris Gorbatov (1908–1954) was a Soviet Russian novelist.[1] Born in the Donbas region in the Ukraine, he moved to Moscow at the age of 18 and joined the Communist Party in 1930. He was a military correspondent during World War Two.

Gorbatov is best known for his novels Donbass and Taras' Family, both of which were translated into English,[2] the latter also into French[3] and German.[4] The latter novel was filmed in 1945 (see The Unvanquished) and was the first film depicting The Holocaust.

He was a recipient of the Stalin Prize.

He was married to the actress Tatiana Okunevskaya and then the actress Nina Arkhipova. He died in 1954 and is buried in Novodevichy Cemetery.


  1. Shimon Redlich (2013). War, the Holocaust and Stalinism. Routledge. p. 468. ISBN 978-1-134-36710-8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Herbert A. Strauss (1993). Current Research on Anti-Semitism: Hostages of Modernization. 2–3. Walter de Gruyter. p. 1355. ISBN 978-3-110-13715-6.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Les Insoumis, Translated by A. Roudnikov, Éditions en Langues Étrangères, Moscow, 1944
  4. Die Unbeugsamen; Die Familie des Taras, Neuer Verlag, Stockholm, 1944

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