Ultima Thule

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Monday, September 18, 2006

Solovki -- the Solovetsky Monastery that became a concentration camp

By Aussiegirl

While we are on the subject of gulags, here's another one, located on the site of an ancient monastery in Solovki. The Monastery has become a UNESCO World Heritage site. Included is a link to experiences of Ukrainians in this notorious camp. (Note: site is in Ukrainian.)

Solovki - UNESCO On-line

The Solovetsky Monastery was founded six decades before Columbus
discovered America and is located on some islands in the White Sea
near the Arctic Circle. It became a UNESCO World Heritage site.

In the 1920s the monastery was converted into one of the first GULAG
concentration camps. Also know as "Silovki" GULAG. According to
Solzhenitsyn, it spread like a cancer becoming the model for the
GULAG system for the USSR. The following website includes sections
about Ukrainians in Silovki.

Books and articles

The Silovki GULAG has become synonymous for political terror,
repression and spiritual genocide according to one author.


At 9:13 PM, Blogger Mr. Spog said...


There are some amazing pre-Revolutionary color photos of the Solovetskii monastery, among many other places in the Russian empire, in a Library of Congress collection whose homepage is here. I used the search feature to come up with these (about 200kB for each photo):

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

The story behind the photo collection is quite interesting too (see the above website).


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