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  • What about the hungarian "prisoners of war" like my grandfather who were killed somewhere in this region according the stamps of his letters?

    I would like to know where is his grave

    Zoltan LengyelMay 23, 2008Link to this Entry

  • Hello I'm a High School student living in America of Slavik heritage. I was born in Bulgaria what used to be a Soviet Union satellite nation and these stories really touch me. Personally I do not know anyone who has experienced the evil of the Gulag and am happy for that blessing. I am writing a paper on Crimes Against Humanity and play on passing all of this to the next generation of world leaders and i plan that this never happenes again.

    Kamen HristovApril 29, 2008Link to this Entry

  • I fortunately, got to see the Gulag exhibit today at Marist College. I went down from N. NH yesterday so that I could sit in on the panel discussion and view the exhibit.

    I was disappointed to find out that only a portion of the exhibit was shown, due to space limitations. I was deeply disappointed to hear that no venue could be found for the final showing the DC area, despite there being so many colleges, private schools, conference centers, art galleries, historic sites and government buildings. It's a powerful exhibit and an important and tragic story that more people and our leaders need to see.

    Having lost relatives, American and Finnish born, to the gulag, I thank you for you research and work.

    Reuben Rajala

    Reuben RajalaApril 11, 2008Link to this Entry

  • I visited the Gulag exhibit in Independence, CA as an extension of the Manzanar Internment interpretation center. It was an extremely powerful exhibit and almost diminishes the surrounding Japanese Internment exhibits. It never ceases to amaze me what man will do to his fellow man. I suppose Yehuda Bauer said it best when speaking of the lessons learned from the Holocaust; Don't be a perpetrator, Don't be a victim, Don't be a bystander.

    Steve KogaNovember 01, 2007Link to this Entry

  • I am presently reading Solzhenitsyn's works, a biography about him, Anne Applebaum's "Gulag: A History" and a biorgraphy of Stalin in an attempt to deeply understand what went so terribly wrong, and how we should live now with this knowledge.

    Today Nabeel Yasin, one of Iraq's most celebrated poets, was describing his victorious struggle under Sadam Hussein and reading his beautiful poetry on the radio. A caller complained that he wanted to hear only positive things!

    The struggle against repression and denial goes on. Too many can not hear and see the power of truth and the beauty and inspiration of those who stand against fear and denial.

    Jan KragtJuly 09, 2007Link to this Entry

  • I recently visited Manzanar for the first time. The government has done its best to remove all traces of the structures that once confined 10,000 people there. Little but the roads dosed in the dirt endure, like the shame.

    Douglas PageMay 14, 2007Link to this Entry

  • While on vacation, I happened upon the exhibit in Independence CA. It was shocking to learn that conditions in these Gulags were worse than in Nazi concentration camps, and far worse than conditions in the Manzanar Japanese internment camp just down the road. The exhibit is educational, professional, and powerful. I hope many it will be visited by many.

    Stephanie BallardApril 27, 2007Link to this Entry

  • This is the most incredible exhibit ever, thank you!

    I am a graduate student at the University of Toronto, Canada. I am currently conducting research on Gulag art (something which is very very difficult to locate in terms of information and the visuals!).

    In the process I have become to regard Gulag as an incredible part of history which is often overlooked!

    Thank you very much for doing this!



    katya pereyaslavskayaNovember 30, 2006Link to this Entry

  • I don't know where to post this but It is great to hear these wonderful touching yet sad stories. I am doing a project in my World History 2 class on genocide in the USSR. This website gave me a great load of information to use. Thanks!

    JenniferNovember 06, 2006Link to this Entry

  • I only read the online exhibit today, and I'm disappointed that the Ellis Island exhibit is ending in a few days. It needed to be seen by more people. I will go to Boston. The world needs to know more about the Gulag...

    June 29, 2006Link to this Entry

  • I found the experience of my visit very moving and emotionally intense. I, myself, am quite familiar with the horrors of the Gulag since I am of Lithuanian background and have friends and relatives who have lost their immediate family members in the Siberian camps or have served in Soviet prisons as political prisoners. One in particular I was happy to see on prominent dissdents' display was Balys Gajauskas, a well known Lithuanian dissident who refused to yield and dissist from his political activities and, as a result, served very long prison sentences.

    On a personal note, my mother used to send packages to imprisoned Lithuanian prisoners in Siberia and she once asked me if I could send one of my mountain climbing jackets which I did with the request that it would be mailed specifically to Balys Gajauskas.

    Thanking you for a magnificent exhibit,

    Val Raugas

    June 26, 2006

    Val RaugasJune 26, 2006Link to this Entry

  • Before I went to visit the Gulag exhibit at Ellis Island, I had steeled myself to see and hear evidence of the great suffering endured by the victims of this atrocious system. Even still, the exhibit astonished me, and I was taken aback at the level of pain that these people endured as recently as twenty years ago! It is wonderful that finally, the unsung accounts of the horrors of the Gulag are openly available for everyone to bear witness to--and believe me, this is something that we all need to know about.

    Sib MahapatraJune 23, 2006Link to this Entry

  • My visit to the exbit at Ellis Island was both heartfelt and educational. It is hard for people to imagine that these things could have really happen yet it is so important for people to remember these events and to understand and learn from it. I did not know what a gulag was until I went on this trip and then realized that this is part of our history and we all should be aware.

    MichelleJune 21, 2006Link to this Entry

  • Last weekend, I visited the gulag exhibit with a groupd from school. It was a truly moving experience to see all of the horror that went along in the gulag and the country at that time. I hope more people realize how terrible this was, and make more of an effort to go see the exhibit and keep the gulag history alive.

    KimJune 21, 2006Link to this Entry

  • Last Saturday I went to the exhibit at Ellis Island and I was taken back by the cruelty inflicted upon these people. Before my group organized this trip I never had even heard of a Gulag. That is something that I find totally mind blowing. How could something this horrible happen and have so few know of it?

    ShelbyJune 20, 2006Link to this Entry