Getman Painting - The Guards Kennel

Getman Painting - The Guards Kennel Civil Rights Famous Historical Events Visual Arts

Human life meant little in the GULAG.  If a prisoner died, there was always a new prisoner to replace him. 

Nikolai Getman created this painting to illustrate how the Stalinist-era system valued dogs more than human beings.  The Global Museum on Communism - The Gulag.org - tells us more about the meaning of this scene:

Dogs - trained to maul their prey (anyone who attempted to run or flee) - were kept both to guard the convicts and the restricted areas, and to catch runaways.

Getman believes that turning a naturally peaceful animal into a malicious killer typifies an aspect of the inhuman Soviet mentality.

The sight of the dogs' food bowls produced constant fury and envy in the prisoners. These bowls were usually full of meat, and served as a painful reminder that the Soviets treated their dogs better than their human captives.

Getman called the painting, depicted in this image, “The Guard’s Kennel.”

Media Credits

Image, described above, online courtesy Global Museum on Communism (The Gulag.org).  The original painting is maintained by the Jamestown Foundation.





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