Re: the traveling Gulag exhibit.
The Exhibit is currently in Boston, MA, at Boston University, and will be
there to January 14.
Yesterday I went to the exhibit, and as promised, here is my
The exhibit is made up of black and white photos, many blown up to about
life-sized, some drawings done by former inmates after their release,
some artifacts, and a re-creation of a prison cell at Perm-36.
There are some monitors set up with newsreel footage. One monitor shows
gulag prisoners working on the railroad, one shows sessions from the
The exhibit is made up of booths, each covering a time-frame. It begins
in the early 1930's and goes until the end of the gulag.
You go into a booth, and there are images in front of you, to the side of
you, and partly overhead.
It's emotionally powerful, and well-done, as each booth pulls you in.
There was also a gallery of portraits of people who had spoken out, and
had been imprisoned as a result, with a short biography next to each
There was also a monitor set up with what I took to be the eventual
Much of the exhibit will eventually be online, but, I'd recommend going
to the exhibit if at all possible.
The exhibit is much more powerful emotionally.
It's been 24 hours since I viewed the traveling gulag exhibit. What has
made the biggest impression on my brain is the eyes........the eyes of
the people in the photos.
That's what is staying with me. The haunting eyes.
There are no photos of the gulag from the WWII years. There are instead
some drawings and sketches of this time frame done by survivors after
Just one further note. If you do decide to view the exhibit while it's in
Boston, take plenty of quarters with you for the parking meters.
The exhibit itself is free.
The accompanying art exhibit is in the next building down and across the
street, and is also free.