Gulag: The Story

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Gulag: The Story: Peak and Death 1945-1957
Peak and Death 1945-1957
Season 1  |  Episode 3  |  The History Channel  |  April 7, 2020

The prisoners and populations of the newly occupied territories in the East, such as the Polish, were suspected of anti-Sovietism, and many were sent to the camps. The condition of women, who formed a quarter of camp prisoners, was tragic. At the end of the 1940s, two million prisoners were crammed into the camps and struggling to survive. This very quickly led to a decrease in economic viability. With Stalin's death on 5 March 1953, Khrushchev's Thaw commenced and one million prisoners were freed. In 1956, Khrushchev denounced Stalin's crimes. There was an immense shockwave. Gradually, the Gulag would disappear. The Gulag Archipelago by Solzhenitsyn was published in 1973, creating an international stir, which finally brought down the wall of indifference. After the fall of Communism, the Russian political leaders wanted to start afresh. All signs of the gulag progressively disappeared from the Russian landscape and its memory.

The prisoners and populations of the newly occupied territories in the East, such as the Polish, were suspected of anti-Sovietism, and many were sent to the camps. The condition of women, who formed a quarter of camp prisoners, was tragic. At the end of the 1940s, two million prisoners were crammed into the camps and struggling to survive. This very quickly led to a decrease in economic viability. With Stalin's death on 5 March 1953, Khrushchev's Thaw commenced and one million prisoners were freed. In 1956, Khrushchev denounced Stalin's crimes. There was an immense shockwave. Gradually, the Gulag would disappear. The Gulag Archipelago by Solzhenitsyn was published in 1973, creating an international stir, which finally brought down the wall of indifference. After the fall of Communism, the Russian political leaders wanted to start afresh. All signs of the gulag progressively disappeared from the Russian landscape and its memory.

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