GULAG

GULAG- Glavnoye Upravleniye Ispravitelno-trudovykh Lagerey (Chief Administration of Corrective Labour Camps)

The GULAG consists of many hundreds of camps, each of which contained 2,000 to 10,000 prisoners.1  These prisoners were forced to work on many projects, just like the Labor Camps of the Germans.  There were many more people killed in these GULAG camps compared to the German camps and the US interment camps.

Buchenwald Labor Camp

There were 147 sub camps of Buchenwald.2  In July 1937 the population of the camp rose dramatically.  In this camp forced labor was a major contribution to the deaths of prisoners.  The prisoners were forced to walk up many stairs carrying large boulders on their shoulders.3  This forced labor was hard work and if a prisoner were to fall down while carrying a rock then they were shot on the spot by an SS worker.  

Manzanar Interment Camp

The 500-acre housing section was surrounded by barbed wire and eight guard towers with searchlights and patrolled by military police.4 In this section there was 504 barracks divided into 36 blocks; in each Barrack eight people were assigned to a 20 by 25 foot room.5 The prisoners developed many organizations, and were even allowed to play sports.  The people at Manzanar had jobs where they dug irrigation ditches, tended to fruits and vegetables, and performed other various tasks.6  These workers were payed any where from twelve dollars to nineteen dollars per month.7

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1. The Editors of Encyclop√¶dia Britannica. "Gulag (labour Camps, Union of Soviet Socialist        Republics)." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 31          Mar. 2014.

2. "Buchenwald Concentration Camp (Germany)." Buchenwald Concentration Camp                    (Germany). N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Mar. 2014.

3. "Buchenwald Concentration Camp (Germany)." Buchenwald Concentration Camp                    (Germany). N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Mar. 2014.

4. United States. National Park Service. "Japanese Americans at Manzanar." National                  Parks Service. U.S. Department of the Interior, 11 Mar. 2014. Web. 30 Mar. 2014.

5. United States. National Park Service. "Japanese Americans at Manzanar." National Parks Service. U.S. Department of the Interior, 11 Mar. 2014. Web. 30 Mar. 2014.

6. United States. National Park Service. "Japanese Americans at Manzanar." National Parks Service. U.S. Department of the Interior, 11 Mar. 2014. Web. 30 Mar. 2014.

7. United States. National Park Service. "Japanese Americans at Manzanar." National Parks Service. U.S. Department of the Interior, 11 Mar. 2014. Web. 30 Mar. 2014.

Howard Fisher

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