A historic photographic record of the Soviet Gulag and its legacy.
The Gulag was a network of labor camps and penal colonies run by the Soviet security organizations. While forced labor and internal exile had a long history in Russia, the Gulag evolved into a devastating tool of political suppression and massive industrial production. From the early years of the Revolution to the final years of the USSR, millions labored and perished within this system.
Gulag covers the history of the Gulag with incredible essays and firsthand narratives by former prisoners. The text is accompanied by photographs provided by the prisoners, survivor groups and state archives as well as contemporary photographs that show the camps as they look now.
Each chapter covers a key camp or work project of the Soviet penal-industrial complex:
Each chapter has:
Gulag is a remarkable pictorial history of a harrowing era of the twentieth century.