Saturday, July 28, 2007

Life in the Gulag

A reader sent me this link to pictures of one of the many prison camps used by the Communists to torment thousands of people. It reminds me of the biography I read about the Lithuanian nun Nijole Sadunaite called A Radiance in the Gulag. Sr. Nijole was interned in a concentration camp for being a "dissident." Amid the horror she nourished a vibrant faith. We really have no concept what many have suffered during our own life times. Share

6 comments:

Archangelmr (Elena's husband) said...

Elena Filatova, the young Ukrainian woman whose website hosts the chilling gulag photos, has a fascinating collection of other subjects on her website, http://elenafilatova.com/

Her photos of the city of Chernobyl, abandoned in 1986, after the nuclear catastrophe there, are surreal and spiritually insightful. Apparently, she rides there alone [sic] periodically on her motorcycle, takes photos and video, and leaves none (too much ) the worse for wear.

Her photos and journal notes are a deep -- and deeply disturbing -- mediation on human hubris and the fleeting nature of earthly happiness.

elena maria vidal said...

Those are really amazing photos. It shows the high price in human life that has been paid in the former Soviet Union.

Paula said...

thank you Elena for this post. I will link it.

alaughland said...

God help us to never put issues or politics before human rights.

Margaret said...

If this horrifies us so...think how Our Lady and Christ must weep at this....

elena maria vidal said...

I thought you would find it interesting, Paula!

So true, alaughland!

Yes, Margaret, heaven must have wept at the site of such suffering....