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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.


  • Elena Racheva

    Galina Starovoitova Fellow
    PhD Candidate, University of Oxford
  • Kathleen Smith

    Professor of Teaching, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University