An Enemy of the People


Sketch by Michail Distergeft. A woman comforting a child, as they stand in line waiting hoping for news of the fate of their family member who has been arrested. Such lines formed outside every prison during the years of mass terror, as it was the only hope for family members to learn of the fate of the arrested. The lines are memorialized in Anna Akhmatova's famous poem "Requiem." The sketch is from Distergeft's series "Those Years".


Michail Distergeft


Memorial Germany and International Memorial Society, Moscow

Bibliographic Citation

Michail Distergeft, "An Enemy of the People." Gulag: Many Days, Many Lives, Item #128 (accessed December 13 2018, 9:20 pm)