KarLag / Museum of Political Repression Victims’ Memory of the Dolinka Settlement, Karaganda

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Tour the site of the most famous labor camp in the territory of modern-day Kazakhstan at KarLag / Museum of Political Repression Victims’ Memory of the Dolinka Settlement, now a memorial complex spanning 167 sq km (64 sq mi) in the Karaganda region. See restored rooms and laboratories that were run by Volga German detainees, and learn about the everyday activities of prisoners, including a KarLag ballet troupe. You will understand how the economy and coal mine industry of this camp fit into the larger scheme of Soviet labor camps and the development of rural areas. Hear stories from female prisoners and examine the personal belongings of ex-detainees. Set in a modern neo-classical building divided into three sections, the museum features a special exhibition about the camp in wartime. Put KarLag / Museum of Political Repression Victims’ Memory of the Dolinka Settlement at the forefront of your travel plans using our Karaganda vacation builder.
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  • Wanted to get signed, scary place. A good Museum, somewhat politicized memory but better so than nothing. The situation recreated in explanation, it is clear that in fact it was scarier, but the impression created. Good Exposition on famous people who live the memories of the Karlag them very moving photo and copies of personal files. I think that the Museum should become a must-see for young generation, recall that must not be repeated.
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  • One of the best museums in Kazakhstan. About a 30 minute drive from karaganda, well worth a visit. Lest we forget ...
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  • Was very impressed by the magnitude of the tragedy of Stalinism and the entire totalitarian regime in the Soviet Union. My friends from Germany and Russia couldn't not drink after visiting the Museum. Sad ...
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