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Secret Story: The Gulag Archipelago by Crepu, Jean & Miletitch, Nicolas

Alexander Solhenitsyn and his loyal group 'The Invisibles' secretly collaborated to publish one of the most important books ever written: The Gulag Archipelago (1968). This manuscript, containing eye witness accounts and detailed reports of life in Soviet forced labor camps, revealed for the first time the horror system that had terrorized the Russian people since the days of Lenin. The 'Secret Story: The Gulag Archipelago' describes the underground journey of this extraordinary work, written and read in the utmost secrecy. Once it was published in the West in 1974, it caused a major upset and global political discourse.

Social Interest
Research revealed that the manuscript was such an accurate report, engaging readers so strongly with its content that they were unable to distinguish between their own traumatic experiences and the incidents in the book. Secret Story: The Gulag Archipelago emphasizes the importance of collective struggle which led to the commendation of Soviet Communism. It shows that literary works can function as a powerful tool for the indictment of a political regime.

Historic Relevance
The Gulag Archipelago is considered one of the most revealing documents, containing primary source material, which have disclosed the horrors of the Russian prison camps. GULag, is an acronym for the Russian term 'Gulag', Glavnoye Upravleniye ispravitelno-trudovyh Lagerey, Russian for 'Chief Administration of Corrective Labor Camps' In these corrective labor camps prisoners were forced to work under extreme conditions that eventually killed millions of captives.

Political Relevance
This three volume literary work of Alexander Solhenitsyn still serves as an authoritative condemnation of the Communist system in Russia. It shows a continuation of systematical and arbitrary correctional measures used by this one-party regime. In Western Europe the book forced a rethinking of Leninism and Communism in general, discrediting Western communist parties.

Director
Crepu, Jean & Miletitch, Nicolas
Copyright Holder
Java Films SARL
Duration
52 min.
Year of release
2008
Language
English

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