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Getman Painting - Working in the Mines

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Geologists found gold near rivers in the Kolyma region of Russia’s Far East.  Forced laborers were sent to work in the area, not far from the Arctic Circle, where they operated with hand tools.

In the area’s mines, prisoners dug in the frozen ground with pick axes and shovels.  The gold mines offered at least some hope for survival, but laborers working in the uranium mines faced even worse conditions.  Many uranium miners died. 

Nikolai Getman created the painting depicted in this image - “In the Depths of the Kolyma Mines” - which measures 35.4 x 35.4 inches.  The original is now maintained by the Jamestown Foundation. 


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Image, described above, online courtesy Jamestown Foundation.

 

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