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A world split apart

Aleksandr Solženicyn at the Garden of the Righteous

7 april 2011, 11 a.m.
Giardino dei Giusti di tutto il mondo - Milano
piazza Santa Maria Nascente
(MM QT8)

We seize the chance of dedicating a tree and a memorial stone to great writer Aleksandr Solženicyn, unheeded witness with by his books made the world aware of the horror of the Stalinist GULag, to present his full Harvard speech A world split apart.

In it, the icon of the Soviet dissidents criticized the decadence and indiffewrence of the Western, and particulary American, society towards the oppression that took place beyond the Iron Curtain.

His word, very topical still today, provide a warning for the future generations.




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GULag

the Soviet labour camps

GULag is the acronym, introduced in 1930, of Gosudarstvennyj Upravlenje Lagerej (General Direction of the lagers).
In 1918, with the beginning of civil war, the Soviet system created a broad network of concentration camps for the political opponents of the newly created Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics (the USSR). In 1919 the Soviets created the forced labour division. Forced labour was designed to socially redeem the detainees according to the very Soviet constitution. Besides the economic and punishment function, some lagers also worked in order to murder the deportees.

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