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Getman Painting - Sick Prisoners Were Abandoned

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Forced-labor camps consisted of flimsily built structures which housed the prisoners. 

When the  workers had completed all their tasks at any particular site, they abandoned the old camp and moved-on to the next.  They would carry with them whatever was useful for their next stopping place. 

Sick prisoners, however, did not move on.  They were left behind in the abandoned camp to fend for themselves without sufficient supplies.  Their fate was the same as being given a death sentence.

Their places would be filled by new prisoners since the Stalinist regime had a seemingly endless supply of those. 

Nikolai Getman’s original oil-on-canvas depicted in this image - called “A Remote Camp (Abandoned)” - measures 34.6 x 42.3 inches.  Getman entrusted its care to the Jamestown Foundation. 


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Image, described above, online courtesy Jamestown Foundation.

 

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