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GULAG: Gone but not Forgotten

GULAG, a system of Soviet forced labor camps, was officially shut down more than half a century ago, but its memory remains a topic of dispute. Only a few of the camps’ survivors and former employees are still alive and can share their stories and reflections.

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Jan. 8, 2016
10:00am – 11:30am

Location

5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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GULAG: Gone but not Forgotten

GULAG, a system of Soviet forced labor camps, was officially shut down more than half a century ago, but its memory remains a topic of dispute. Only a few of the camps’ survivors and former employees are still alive and can share their stories and reflections. For her book, 58th Uneliminated, Elena Racheva interviewed those affected by the GULAG and recounted some of their remarkable stories. She also analyzed what role the memory of these camps plays for the newer generations of Russians. Professor Kathleen Smith discusses commemorative projects in Russia, and how they have changed over the course of Russia’s independence.


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Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American understanding of Russia, Ukraine, and the region though research and exchange.  Read more

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