One of the largest state-sponsored monuments to the Gulag, this monument sits atop a hill in Astana, the capital of independent Kazakhstan. It incorporates the names of all the major Gulag camps in Kazakhstan, images of barbed wire and the black raven (symbolic of the prisoner truck bearing its name). Many of the non-Russian republics of the former Soviet Union have more readily dealt with the legacy of the Gulag, as they have built it into a narrative of what they (the Russians) did to us (the non-Russian peoples of whatever state). Of course, this simplifies a very complex history in many cases, but at least allows for the beginning of a conversation.
Ivan Sukhanov's color sketch of prisoners lined up outside the camp kitchen waiting for their food. Sukhanov was a prisoner at several camps including Temirtau, Dmitlag, and Ukhtpechlag.
Black and white photograph of a "propaganda" graveyard. The sign reads "Grave of the Lazy" and the tombstones show a last name and various percentages indicating that the dead prisoners failed to fulfill their work norms and died as a result. The photograph illustrates how Gulag authorities tied the fulfillment of work norms to the possibility of survival in the camps in their propaganda aimed at prisoners, and how comfortable they were telling their prisoners of the possibility of death in the camps if they failed to do what was expected of them.
It was known as the "grey house" by the prisoners.