WH – Life in a Gulag

What is a Gulag?

What was it like to be a prisoner of a Gulag?

Where were these Gulags located? Why?

Who were sent to Gulags?

Link to the reading

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich 

 

Response Question: What are your thoughts on gulags? What do you find the most disturbing? (3-4 Paragraphs)

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13 thoughts on “WH – Life in a Gulag

  1. I think Gulag’s were crazy because some of the citizens put in them barely did anything to get put there. Gulag’s were labor camps for Russian citizens who acted upon the government or that did any variety of crime. Although Gulag’s were bad they got work down. Russia benefited a lot from Gulag’s, the prisoner’s in Gulags were worked to death and given very little rations to survive. What disturbed me most about the Gulag’s is how little Russian citizens had to do to get put into them or get incarcerated.

  2. A Gulag was a labor camp. It was terrible you had no privacy. They were located in siberia. They were there so know one wont to leave. The people that were sent to the gulags were the people that spoke out agonized the commies.

  3. Gulags were labor camps in Russia they would work for food, because it was basically a prison. The prisoners would work from sun up to sun down and if they didn’t accomplish what the guards had told them to do they wouldn’t get food and if they didn’t get food then they wouldn’t have energy to reach the expectations for the next day and the next day, and eventually they would die but they could be easily replaced.
    On random days or nights the guards would get the prisoners out from their bunks and force them to strip from all there clothing to make sure they weren’t wearing any extra clothing or had a weapon or had food on them. They were only given a jacket; rubber boots, a hat, and pants to wear while they were working. Each prisoner had a number on his jacket and hat, so when the guards needed someone specific or so they could check to make sure everyone was there and didn’t escape or get left behind at the work site.
    Some of the prisoners that was there longer than others would know how to get more food or stay warmer, etc. One of the ways people ate more was when they would get soup and bread or they would get bread the day before they would save their bread until they had soup so when they dipped the bread into the soup it would soak up the soup so none would go to waste.

  4. They have about 14 million people were in gulag. That they have camps and a lot of people will be in there. There were people eating boil grass.They were trying to do things together so they can have a better meal and live together as well. The people shavel and found something under the ground. They ate inside but one of them took the food with them so they can eat it in there place.The people who were talking that they need to give food out and live on their own.

  5. A Gulag was a work camp that the Soviet Union used to help take out all of the imperfections. At a gulag different work would be there that one would have to do such as building various products. People of the camp would be split up into different huts and would be seperated into different working groups and would have a captain to stay in charge of them while they work.
    Working was so important because the amount of work they would accomplish would determine how much food they would receive. If someone missed a day of work or would not fill their quota, they would not get fed and would not have enough energy to work the next day and without energy they would continue to miss their work quota.
    Between the starvation they would possibly suffer from, they had to go through horrible conditions. A prisoner would have to walk to the work site in below freezing conditions in light jackets, normal pants, and rubber boots. The walk to the site was an hour and a half there and back.

  6. A Gulag was a prison/work camp in the Soviet Union from 1929 through 1960. The Gulag’s in Russia were used as camps to work the Russian citizens, who committed crimes. It is widely speculated that nearly 18 million people had been in Gulag’s during the Stalin era. The prisoners in the Russian Gulag’s were put in the Gulag’s for petty crimes. There were reports of Russian citizens being put into the Gulag’s for showing up to work 10 minutes late. The Russian Gulag’s helped the Russian economy grow and become strong.
    Although, many people speculate the Russian Gulag’s did not make much profit for Russia. Without the Gulag’s Russia’s logging and mining supplies would have been no where near as high as they were. In March of 1940, there were 423 labor colonies and 53 different work camps/Gulags. In the Stalin era, Gulag’s were used to open the frozen Arctic north. Some of the things you could expect at a Gulag for food were stale bread, bad soup, and cooked grass.
    In the Gulag’s years many prisoners had escaped. In the year 1933, 45,755 prisoners escaped and only 28,370 were recaptured. Something that seemed to surprise me in my research was that there were a few events were the Russian military had to use tanks and military aircraft to control the Russian prisoners. In many reports the Gulag prisoners never accepted that they had to work so hard for their crimes. Another form of resistance used by the prisoners was to slow down work and make false claims on what they did.
    After Stalin died, the people who took over after him decided to scale it back and release some of the prisoners. In 1953 more than 1 million prisoners were released and in 1956 more than 500,000 inmates were rehabilitated. While labor camps and people, who tried to revolt against the Russian government were still sent to work camps, the camps political prisoners were sent to after that were absolutely nothing like the Gulag’s in Russia before.

  7. A Gulag was a prison, a work camp, a camp that the soviet union ran for citizens that got out of hand. There were many camps and the time period was from 1929 to 1960. The citizens wouldn’t do anything to get in the camp. All they would have to do was talk back to a guard or something and they were put in there for ten years or so, whatever the guard felt like doing. It was very unfair to the citizens, they were not trialed for their so called crime, they were just put in the camp.
    These camps were a great way for the soviet union to get there building built, they would put the prisoners to work on the building and make them build in trade for food. No work, no food. They also had to get a certain amount of work done in a day or they were not aloud to eat that day.

  8. Gulag camps were located in Russia and ran by the Soviet Union government. These camps housed convicts, political criminals, and another other people that the government felt should be in them. Most Russians did nothing and were still thrown into these labor camps. An average of fourteen million people were forced to be labors in Gulag camps between 1929 and 1953.
    The Gulag prisoners were forced to work up to fourteen hours a day. The weather conditions did not matter; they were still forced to do exhausting physical work. Some of the jobs consisted of felling trees with handsaws and axes, digging at frozen grounds with primitive pickaxes, mining copper and coal by hand, or building buildings. This kind of physical labor was very hard to complete for the prisoners because they were barely fed enough to sustain it. If prisoners did not complete their work for the day they received less food then they usually did.
    Personally, the Gulag camps were just torture. Humans were forced to go through stuff that no human should ever have to go through. The prisoners in the Gulag camps had no privacy. When they first came to the camps they were stripped from their clothes and forced to stand outside to be searched. You had no personal belongings and shared a bed with another man. They were all given the same out fit that consisted of an undershirt with a jacket, pants, cloth to use as socks, hats, gloves, and rubber boots. If you were caught with any extra clothes they would take it from you and you may have been beaten. These camps should not have been allowed.

  9. A Gulag was a prison, a work camp, a camp that the soviet union ran for citizens that got out of hand. There were many camps and the time period was from 1929 to 1960. The citizens wouldn’t do anything to get in the camp. All they would have to do was talk back to a guard or something and they were put in there for ten years or so, whatever the guard felt like doing.
    The Gulag prisoners were forced to work up to fourteen hours a day. The weather conditions did not matter; they were still forced to do exhausting physical work. Some of the jobs consisted of felling trees with handsaws and axes, digging at frozen grounds with primitive pickaxes, mining copper and coal by hand, or building buildings. This kind of physical labor was very hard to complete for the prisoners because they were barely fed enough to sustain it. If prisoners did not complete their work for the day they received less food then they usually did.
    I think that the camps were very bad.

  10. I think the Gulag camps sounds absolutely terrible. Barely having warm enough clothes, barely getting enough food to eat, having to work all day, constantly being under watch. I just don’t think it’d be enjoyable at all.. The jobs that they sound like their terrible. The Gulag camps were for Russian criminals and law breakers. Some didn’t even do much just to be thrown in there. Alls they had to do was do something the Soviets didn’t like and they were banished to the Gulag camps and more than likely wouldn’t get out, let alone survive.

  11. The gulags were terrible working camps ran by russia. People were sent here for many reasons, such as criminals or people who went agains the communistic government. They were very terrible, and people were fed very little. They were in very cold weather with little warm clothing. The officers there were mean and aggressive to the people there. If they would not fulfill their orders, they would receive less food, or no food at all. If you didn’t get your food, it would be hard to work and complete you work that day.

  12. Living in a gulag was horrendous. The labor was hard and never ending. These caps where set up by the russians. They where fed very little same with water. The work never ended and the workers worked in all climates. The people where where assigned to live there where considered “bad blood” and need to serve their time in such camps. Some times they didn’t get fed at all and where abused harshly by the russians. To the Russians theworkers where not people, they where nothing but scum.

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