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Black and white photograph of prisoners' utensils recovered on expedition to former Gulag sites.

Color sketch from Evfrosiniia Kersnovskaia's self-illustrated memoirs that depicts a group of blind prisoners lining up for food. Malnutrition and vitamin deficiency caused many cases of blindness, often referred to as night-blindness. She described how night-blinded camp inmates tried to finish eating their food near the food delivery window.

Pencil drawing of a cook serving soup to prisoners lined up on the other side of a window created by Mkrtchan at Ivdellag.

Color sketch from Evfrosiniia Kersnovskaia's self-illustrated memoir of goners waiting for camp cooks to dump out food trash. In the accompanying text, Kersnovskaia descibes an episode when "dokhodiagi" (or "goners" in camp slang) were waiting for leftovers from the camp's hospital. They ran to the trash bin and took bits of food including fish scales causing one former professor to regurgitate his meal.