Female Prisoner Defending Another Female Prisoner


Color sketch from Evfrosiniia Kersnovskaia's self-illustrated memoirs of one female prisoner defending another. In the accompanying text, Kersnovskaia describes an episode when one of the guards decided to insult female prisoners. They forced the women to lay in the dirt when they heard them talking and shouted, "lay down or we will fire." Women began to lie down on the ground, except for Kersnovskaia who decided to oppose the command. The guard lifted a gun and suddenly a small female prisoner stood up to protect Kersnovskaia. Within minutes, other women stood up in defiance and solidarity.


Evfrosiniia Kersnovskaia


Evfrosiniia Kersnovskaia Foundation, Moscow

Bibliographic Citation

Evfrosiniia Kersnovskaia, "Female Prisoner Defending Another Female Prisoner." Gulag: Many Days, Many Lives, Item #322 (accessed December 10 2018, 2:47 am)