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Carleton University
HIST 1001
Hal Goldman

HIST 1001B – April 9, 2013 Ivan Denisovich • Ethnic minority, ethnic people, military officers, all the people in the USSR are represented in the universe of the prison camp • Marxist ideology, the values that the state should reflect: equality, get rid of the bourgeois, protect the working class, fairly redistribute society’s resources • The values reflected in the labour camp are the idea of “every man for himself” • Survival is based on an allied system, self-interest and perseverance, bribery, stealing, create surplus, maneuverer around the rules • Camp is the Marxist system on its head, people are turned against each other rather than working with each other • Prisoners are not Soviet people or Communists, • Soviet Union is surround by fences • Life on the outside is very limited • It is within the prison that people are able to truly be themselves, the prisoners don’t care and think of them as subhuman • Corruption, theft and trickery against other people to really survive • Hobbesian world, every man for himself • Questions of human character, camp with desperate stress to survive at any thing • It is all about survival in this camp • Denisovich takes his hat off at every meal to keep some form of dignity, the point of keeping dignity at this place is to maintain a piece of self-respect • The wall in the prison is being built for his Soviet masters, he took pride in building the wall, works for himself and for his own dignity, that is what is necessary to maintain character and survive th • Poland had not been independent since 18 century, prior to 1800, had been ruled by Polish kings • During protestant revolution, Poland became heavily Polish, but was brought back and became intensely Catholic • The Polish army was able to keep back the Turkish Army • Poland’s fate to be conquered and ruled by foreigners for 180 of the next 200 years • Karol • In Nov. 1918, the emperor was gone, announcing the wake of the dispatch of the Austria Hungarian empire • Polish patriots wanted to control their own destiny • Indeed, agitation by European minorities for their own country had been a major contributor for WWI • At Versaille, victorious powers acknowledged Poland • Poland’s independence was to be brief, when Karol was 19, his country was completely taken over • Karol worked in a stone quarry and a chemical plant, studying to become a Catholic priest • He risked his life for the
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