• October 1956 In accordance with the 20th Communist Congress and the release of Krouchtchev’s Secret Report, freed from the Gulag. Awaiting the repatriation into a datcha in Bykovo by Moscow. Receives a certificate of release along with a relegation certificate to move to Samarkand, in Central Asia. Unsuccessful attempt with the French Embassy to reestablish his French citizenship.
  • 1959 to 1961 Relegated to Samarkand. Steps taken to be repatriated to Poland, third hunger strike. Telegrams to Khrouchtchev requesting an exit visa.
  • February 1961 Transfer to Communist Poland.
  • JPEG - 72.4 kb Warsaw, February 1962From 1 September 1964 to 30 September 1977, date when he retires, he is in charge of the French language and literature courses at the University of Warsaw. Reintegration into the Polish Communist Party. Return to France for a training period in Grenoble. A series of brief stays in France. During this period, he starts writing The Gulag Handbook in Russian ( Spravochnik po Gulagu ), originally intended to be a dictionary of slang words and expressions.
  • 30 September 1977 Departure from Poland.
  • 1978 Stay in Japan.
  • JPEG - 107.1 kb In Moscow, 1993From 1979 to 1985 Stay in the USA, New York City and NY State, then Washington D.C.. Invited by the University of Georgetown to complete The Gulag Handbook.
  • 25 May 1985 Settles permanently in France with a resident visa, in the Drôme area, then in Marseille.
  • 1987 Spravotchnik po Gulagu, published in Russian is released in London (Overseas Publications), whereas he is living at rue Edgar Poe in the 19th district of Paris.
  • November 1988 Sets up residence at 22 avenue de la Résistance, Montreuil-sur-Seine where he lives until 2001.
  • JPEG - 49.3 kb Discovering his Certificate of Arrest, 19931989 Release of the The Gulag Handbook (English version), Paragon House, New York.
  • 9 August 1990 Receives his French citizenship.
  • 1993 Release of The Gulag Handbook in Russian, Spravochnik po Gulagu, Prosvet, Moscow.
  • 1995 Release of Fragments de vies, vingt ans dans les camps soviétiques with the collaboration of Sophie Benech, Elikia, Paris.
  • 1996 Release of The Gulag Handbook in Japanese, Keigado, Tokyo
  • JPEG - 49.7 kb Photo credit Barry James, 19951997 Release of The Gulag Handbook in French, translated from Russian with the collaboration of Sophie Benech and Véronique Patte, le cherche midi, Paris
  • 1999 Release of The Gulag Handbook in Czech.
  • Summer 1999 Suffers his first stroke.
  • 2000 Release of Qu’elle était belle cette utopie ! with the collaboration of Sophie Benech, le cherche midi, Paris
  • March 2001 Suffers his second stroke
  • JPEG - 61 kb Montreuil 200121 June 2001 Moves to the Polish Retirement Home Saint Casimir in Paris ran by nuns.
  • March 2002 Release of Jacques le Français, pour mémoire du Goulag with the collaboration of Michèle Sarde, le cherche midi, Paris.
  • June 30, 2004 Death of Jacques Rossi.