Daily Life in the Gulag: “Totally Pointless Work”

Self read some horrific, extremely gruesome scenes last night.  No wonder she couldn’t get to sleep!

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At times, stupid or sadistic guards (Self prays she never runs into one of those during her own life.  She’s pretty sure that if you looked hard enough, you’d find one in almost every police force in the country —  no, in the WORLD!) would actually set prisoners pointless tasks.  Susanna Pechora recalled being assigned to carry buckets of clay back and forth, “totally pointless work.”  One of the “bosses” in charge of her work site specifically told her, “I don’t need your work, I need your suffering . . . “

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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