Soviet Prison Secrets Included on Author's Website

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One page of is devoted to Soviet prison secrets. These facts are still not made public today.

This is now a part of history

Soviet prison secrets are included on the recently launched website of "Sword of the Turul," based on a true story, by Catherine Eva Schandl.

Her father, Karoly William Schandl, a Hungarian lawyer and son of a prominent politician, was a survivor of 11 years in the Soviet prisons of Lubyanka, Lefortovo, and Vladimir. Prior to his official arrest by the NKVD/SMERSH on December 8, 1944, he was involved in a British led anti-Nazi resistance group, and lived across from Raoul Wallenberg's Swedish Embassy in Budapest. The Soviets arrested most members of his group as they had been affiliated with British intelligence.

"Sword of the Turul" (Lulu Press, 2005) includes pages from Karoly's memoirs, and is also based on his recollections about his experiences before, during and after his 11 year secret imprisonment in the Soviet Union. The book starts with a scanned official document - his stamped prison record from Hungarian Defense Department Archives.

On the "Prisons" page of the book's recently launched site at ,one learns that:

  • Prisoners kept in the secret "special section" were bombarded with ultrasonic sounds in different languages.
  • The ultrasonic sounds/sirens would often be based on what the NKVD operators of the "system" had learned from the hidden microphones in the cells.
  • Not all prisoner interrogations were recorded.
  • "Trials" were at night and defendants were not given a chance to speak.
  • The worst prison was Lefortovo.
  • Vladimir prison , the maximum security prison for high profile prisoners, was where the Soviets secretly held members of the anti-Nazi resistance from World War II - and an American they'd abducted in Vienna, Austria.

"This is now a part of history," the author explains, "and the world has a right to know about the brutal reality of Soviet prisons in the Stalin era."

"Sword of the Turul," by Catherine Eva Schandl, is available worldwide, through the websites of, Amazon,and Barnes and Noble. The book is also listed on Ingram. ISBN: 1-4116-5060-3


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