Thursday, February 19, 2015

Connection Captain Week 2- Lucas T.

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Alexandr Solzhenitsny
Pg 33-68
Connection Captain

This week while reading One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, by Alexandr Solzhenitsny, i was reminded of a couple of things. First of all, it reminded me of what we are learning in class, about the holocaust. The jail, also known as a Gulag, reminded me very much of the concentration camps that there was in Europe during the time Hitler was in power. Both seemed like terrible places. The gulag also seemed like it was a Jail in a camp like style. One big difference, though, is that the gulags were for people who committed crimes, but the concentration camps were for people who the Nazi party was against, such as Jews, communists and people with physical and mental difficulties.

Another historic event that connects to this book is slavery. One big similarity is the food quality. Obviously, on both sides it is bad. Because of the cold weather is the Soviet union in Denisovich's time, they could only have cold food, and it was not good quality. This is similar to slaves because they could only have leftover food, that nobody wanted. They did a lot of work, but didn't get rewarded at all. Connecting both scenarios, the two have no good quality food, and suffer because of the hard work but to good reward.


  1. Lucas, great post!
    I completely agree with you. The connections you made makes really sense. One more thing that I think the prisoners and the slaves have in common is that they have to work all day in the cold when it's winter against their will. Not the slaves and not the prisoners want to work all day and only get a small piece of bread for lunch and dinner. They are all treated really badly.

  2. Another example that I can think of is slavery. You did mention this but I would like to expand and specify on U.S Slavery how people were forced to work long hours in the fields picking cotton and planting crops with small breaks. One thing that was different was that slaves had more food that in Gulags or Jewish work camps. I would also say they had a little bit more freedom than prisoners in Gulags because there weren't many guards but it depended on the slave owner but in Gulags and camps like that there is maximum security where the smallest things could get you in a lot of trouble.