Karlag Museum Torture Chamber

Torture Chamber Exhibit, Karlag Museum, 2013. Photo by Steven A Barnes

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I agree, Cindy, that a key contribution of Steve’s book is to deoasntrmte conclusively that the regime took issues of re-education seriously long after public discussion of the issue ended in the mid-1930s.The KVO files are filled with reports (usually dry, but interesting nonetheless) about cultural activities in the camps. These discuss the number of newspaper readings, political discussions, films shown (and which films were shown), camp orchestras, stage performances, and so on. They also discuss infrastructure number of stationary and mobile libraries (and books), number of stationary and mobile movie theaters, number of clubs. The infrastructure was extensive (although not always used properly one Siblag club, for example, was used for storing grain).As a prisoner, work at the KVO, whether or not this involved re-education, could save one’s health and possibly one’s life, as it generally meant a warm space removed from hard, manual labor. Work in the KVO was often technically restricted from Article 58ers, although there of course were exceptions.

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