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Gulag Letters

Arsenii Formakov and Emily D. Johnson

Abstract

Memoirs and works of fiction that describe the Stalinist Gulag often depict labor camps as entirely cut off from the rest of Soviet society. In fact, however, many prisoners corresponded at least sporadically with relatives either through the official, censored Gulag mail system or by smuggling letters out of camp with free laborers. Examples of such correspondence that survive to the present day represent a powerful, largely unstudied historical source with the potential to fundamentally change the way we understand both the Soviet forced labor system and Stalinist society in general. Gulag ... More

Keywords: Gulag, labor camp, correspondence, censored, Soviet society, Latvia, Old Believer, Gulag letters, Formakov, World War II

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780300209310
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300209310.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arsenii Formakov, author
University of Oklahoma

Emily D. Johnson, editor
University of Oklahoma

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Introduction

Emily D. Johnson

Letters

1941–1944

Arsenii Formakov

1945

Arsenii Formakov

1946

Arsenii Formakov

1947

Arsenii Formakov

1950–1955

Arsenii Formakov

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