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Work camp region

The Karaganda region served as a work camp under Stalin’s rule.  The camp’s headquarters were located in a village named Dolenka.  The camp region was about 200 km wide and 300 km long.

I recently visited the village and its surrounding. It was quite sobering.  While the museum is quite small, the young lady that gave us a tour went out of her way to give us a great overview.

City sign… documents from museum… number of people in the camp by year…

Former camp HQ, shell of what it used to be in the 50’s… they opened the building for us to tour…they plan to renovate the building to house the museum in the future… photo of what the camp used to look like.

We drove to the edge of the village with the guide to see the children’s cemetery.  If a child was born at the camp, many (if not most) did not survive.  The first photo is a sign at the cemetery indicating the plots were for children from the Karaganda Camp, 1930-1940.  The second photo is of a baby that live 2 months.  The last photo shows a number of markers.  They truly do not know how many babies and children were buried here.  One marker at the cemetery asked people to “never forget” what took place.

Comments

  1. Truly tragic. I’m currently reading “Stalin” by Albert Marrin. It was written a few years before the fall of the Soviet Union and covers his life in detail. The dept of the atrocities he committed is staggering. I thought I knew but it was much, much worse. It must have been moving to be there where one of his gulags was.

  2. Truly tragic. I’m currently reading “Stalin Man of Steel” by Albert Marrin. It was written a few years before the fall of the Soviet Union and covers his life in detail. The dept of the atrocities he committed is staggering. I thought I knew but it was much, much worse. It must have been moving to be there where one of his gulags was.

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