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Gulag Monuments in Russia

Natal’ja Konradova

Deutsche Fassung


The history of commemorating the victims of Stalinist repression is a short one. In 1988, the first memorial stone was erected in Vorkuta. In terms of typology, memorials to the victims of repression lean on war memorials. In the choice of the materials and the design of the memorials, there are recurrent elements. Cracks and cavities express the victims’ disappearance. But one tradition of commemoration has yet to establish itself. To this day, there is no central monument in Russia which could serve as a symbol for reassessing the Stalinist terror and the Gulag.

(Osteuropa 6/2007, pp. 421–439)