TAC associate publisher Jon Basil Utley at age 2 lost his father to the Soviet death camps. Jon’s mother, Freda, never knew for certain what happened after the state police took her husband, Arcadi Berdichevsky. The most she should could learn from a former U.S. ambassador to the USSR was that Arcadi had died in the Gulag.

Reason.tv has produced this short documentary of Jon’s journey to Russia in 2006 to uncover his father’s fate. It’s a personal story, of course, but also a story all to similar to those of millions of Russians, Eastern Europeans, and other victims of the Soviet system.