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.