What I Saw And Learned In The Kolyma Camps


A reader sends this brief but powerful list.


33. I learned that world should be divided not into good and bad people but into cowards and non-cowards. 95% of cowards are capable of any meanness, lethal meanness, after light threatening.

Read and contemplate.

Your illusions will kill you and others.

Don’t indulge them.

11 responses to “What I Saw And Learned In The Kolyma Camps

  1. I pegged it at 99% but, yes.

  2. Comrade X

    Reminds me of;

    “If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”

    “Violence, less and less embarrassed by the limits imposed by centuries of lawfulness, is brazenly and victoriously striding across the whole world, unconcerned that its infertility has been demonstrated and proved many times in history. What is more, it is not simply crude power that triumphs abroad, but its exultant justification. The world is being inundated by the brazen conviction that power can do anything, justice nothing.”

    Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

  3. I learned from the neighborhood squirrels. Even if you leave more nuts out that they can eat, every day for a week straight; they’ll fight and protect their nuts with intensity because they have no idea when they will next see food. I have heard about WW2 vets in prison camps that banded together to help each other survive; but that is not today’s America outside of the religious; you’re going to have to fight every day for survival when the time comes that the usa becomes venezula.

    • 6. I learned that Stalin’s «triumphs» were possible because he slew innocent people: had there been an organized movement, even one-tenth in number, but organized, it would have swept Stalin away in two days.

      That is the most important lesson for today. This before all the others are inevitable. There will be no such chance then

      • Yea Amen On That…You know my plan…

        • I was trying to point out that a determined, organized effort to kill our tormentors, as the writer suggests would have “swept Stalin away,” is the only way to prevent what he saw in the camps, and mitigate the effect of a collapse.

          Merely hiding out in the boonies while the enemy carries out his plan, or while the wold burns, is being always behind the curve, on the defensive and likely dead.

  4. Roland Deshain

    #6 would come in very handy in our current situation. I read “The Gulag Archipelago”. Yes, it was long and all the names made for difficult reading, but I had resolved to read it in its entirety and I am glad that I did. Just like Orwell’s “1984” the parallels are scary as hell.

  5. You have to read the whole thing – chilling beyond belief. Since for most part, we are all wired pretty much the same (most of us), it is difficult to conceive how humanity (or even your friends and neighbors) could sink down to the most base behavior ……….. something to think about for the coming sporty times ………..

    • SemperFi, 0321

      The Wehrmacht survivors from Stalingrad would wash their shit out and run it over a sieve, to find any undigested grains of millet to recook.
      Wrap your head around that.
      And then remember the part about how history likes to repeat itself…………

      • Jimmy the Saint

        Which is ironic, given how many of them died from dysentery-related congelation of the anus on the forced marches to the camps.

  6. “33. I learned that world should be divided not into good and bad people but into cowards and non-cowards. 95% of cowards are capable of any meanness, lethal meanness, after light threatening.”

    Yup. The US is the largest Gulag on the face of the planet and its inmates are self policing.

    But the most important point was…

    “8. I saw that the only group that retained a bit of their humanity, despite the starvation and abuse, were the religious…”

    He wasn’t talking about Protestants. Refer to #33.