Cover Osteuropa 6/2007

In Osteuropa 6/2007

Resistance in the Gulag
Mutiny, Insurgency, Escape

Wladislaw Hedeler

Deutsche Fassung


In the history of the Gulag, from 1922 to 1960, the forms of resistance on the part of the prisoners varied according to the camp, the prevailing prison regime, and category of prisoner. Source editions now allow us to gain an overview of resistance in the correctional labour camps and special camps. The view of the camp administration and the memoirs of former prisoners differ. That is seen in the literary treatment of the camp system in Varlam Shalamov’s “Major Pugachev’s Last Battle” and the official reports from a special camp.

(Osteuropa 6/2007, pp. 353–368)