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Radio France Internationale and France’s Center for Scientific Research have launched an online museum of Stalin’s Gulag.
[translator] Poniakov stresses the importance of the online museum, if only to raise awareness among the younger generations.
“If you take people between 15 and 30, they wouldn’t know about the Gulag. It’s too far back in history. They don’t even know who [the Soviet Union’s first leader [Vladimir] Lenin was.”
But the survivors will remember till the end of their days. Some have come to terms with the past, says [CNRS director] Blum. But not Shanin.
“I am not a good Christian,” he says. “I don’t feel any forgiveness.”
Here is Shanin describing his arrest.