S.A. Malsagoff's An Island Hell: A Soviet Prison in the Far North PDF

By S.A. Malsagoff

A vintage at the early gulags, urged by way of Solzhenitzyn. priceless reading.

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The pri soners in receipt of the above-mentioned ration, among them old men and women, wor k e d all r o u nd the clock . cou nted a piece of luck to fi nd the fields ; it was a I t was rotten potato in greedily eaten on the spot, raw. When the Tchek ists noticed that the inhabi tants of the region-Lapps, Zyrians and Samoyedes-­ were throwi n g b re ad to the crowd of pri soners as th ey pa ssed their huts, they b egan to take them to their wor k by a nother route, through thick forest a n d marsh es .

Nei ther per su a sio n nor threats could stop the demonstration . on for nearly two hours. force. The yelli ng went At last the Gpu used Two regi ments of Gpu ( " tchon " ) * special troops broke down t he resistance offered and farced t h e ir way i n t o the pri son . The Gpu exacted a cruel puni shme n t for the rebellion. Its org ani sers were s h o t i n the pri son yard the same day ; a l l the other prisoners were beaten wi th ra mrods. There was no heati ng at all i n t h e p rison for a fortnight, althoug h it was freezi ng hard and a l l the windows were broken ; the pri soners had thei r blankets taken away from them and were put o n " starvation rati ons .

Two thousan d sailors from Kronstadt were shot there i n three days. The smell of the d e c o m p os ed bodies poi son e d the air for miles round. by night or The stench, which never abated day, sti fled the prisoners in the camps Three- quarters of and even made them faint. the of town the of inhabi tants Kholmogory were finally unable to endure i t any longer and abandoned their homes. Wi thout the slightest doubt the Soviet Govern­ m ent knew of the horrors perpetrated at Kholmogory and Portaminsk ; it could not help knowi ng.

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