Slave Labor in Soviet Russia
But little is known about the concentration camps where conditions are so gruesome as to be almost unbeliev able. Many people find it difficult to realize that this state of affairs can exist in the twentieth century.
This explains why the descriptions about compulsion labor in the Soviet Union are sometimes sceptically received.
This presentation of investigations is, therefore, based exclusively on actual reports of the government-controlled Soviet press and official governmental records. The photo graphs are also taken from official Soviet sources thereby providing a possibility for everyone to verify for himself the interpretations.
We wish to point out that all illustrations in this bro chure are true reproductions of originals as they appeared in the official Soviet publication: “Stalin W hite Sea Canal” or in Soviet newspapers. We could not afford to disturb the poor quality of these pictures by retouching them as they reflect true conditions existing in the U . S. S. R.
It is not our aim to present a complete and exhaustive account of the actual number of prisoners, the numbers put to death, the distribution of concentration camps, etc., but rather to give a cross-cut of the life of those condemned to this form of living death—true and without exaggeration as conditions really are.
THE GULAG ARCHIPELAGO
The Gulag Archipelago is Solzhenitsyn’s attempt to compile a literary-historical record of the vast system of prisons and labor camps that came into being shortly after the Jewish Bolsheviks seized power in Russia in 1917 and that underwent an enormous expansion from 1924 to 1953. Various sections of the three volumes describe the arrest, interrogation, conviction, transportation, and imprisonment of the Gulag’s victims by Bolshevik authorities over four decades. The work mingles historical exposition and Solzhenitsyn’s own autobiographical accounts with the voluminous personal testimony of other inmates that he collected and committed to memory during his imprisonment. Upon publication of the first volume of The Gulag Archipelago, Solzhenitsyn was immediately attacked in the Soviet Jewish press. He was arrested and charged with treason on February 12, 1974, and was exiled from the Soviet Union the following day.
“You must understand that the leading Bolsheviks who took over Russia were not Russians. They hated Russians. They hated Christians. Driven by ethnic hatred they tortured and slaughtered millions of Russians without a shred of human remorse.
More of my countrymen suffered horrific crimes at their blood stained hands than any people or nation ever suffered in the entirety of human history. It cannot be overstated. Bolshevism committed the greatest human slaughter of all time.
The fact that most of the world is ignorant or uncaring about this enormous crime is proof that the global media is in the hands of its perpetrators.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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