The Survivors. The Great Terror

Text & Illustrations by students of HSE Art and Design School

What does one person’s life and fate mean, when a government makes its big decisions? These short graphic novels tell the stories of six real people who were unjustly imprisoned in the USSR between the 1930s and 1950s. There are six lives here but there were up to 20 million there.

The word “Gulag” (a Russian acronym for the Chief Administration of Corrective Labor Camps) has become a symbol of lawlessness, life on the edge of death, slave labor, and brutal human rights abuse. Every tenth prisoner did not survive. Many famous people worked in the Gulag camps: the writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the rocket engineer Sergei Korolev, and others. This book tells the stories of six real people– victims of mass repression. They had different professions, social statuses, political views, and they lived in different regions of the Soviet Union, but all of them were unjustly accused, convicted, and shot.

  • There are hardly any graphic novels on this subject.
  • The book is based on unique archival materials from the GULAG History Museum.
  • Hidden pages of the history of the Soviet Union.
  • Human rights violations that must neither be forgotten nor repeated.

Graphic novel, YA
Age: 13+
Pages: 160
Size: 215*168 mm
Published in 2021 by Samokat and GULAG History Museum
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