Monday, May 01, 2006

New Site On The Gulag: Communist Concentration Camps

The Gulag was a massive system of forced labor camps in the former Soviet Union. Throughout its history some 18 million passed through its prisons and camps. Under Stalin, labor camp prisoners became an important resource for the construction of many industries, including the nation's railways and roads, mining operations, and the timber industry. Millions suffered in the camps, many guilty of no crime. An unknown number – but well into the millions -- died in Gulag camps. Those who died of hunger, cold, and hard labor were easily replaced by new prisoners. (LINK)


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