A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, I never understood why this part of world history isn't taught as much. Maybe because it's shadowed by an even more horrendous event that took place in the West, but prison camps in the Soviet Union were unbelievably terrible places to be. I wrote more about the GULAG system here. Side note: If you loved All Quiet on the Western Front as much as I did you should read ADitLoID. The title itself will tell you what to expect from the book.
website, prisoners were constantly shackled and slept on the floor. Walking inside the buildings, as someone who is 5'1", even I felt claustrophobic, and there wasn't even a ceiling when we visited. We couldn't figure out why they were built into the ground like they are or why there are strange cavities by the windows, but I can only imagine that melting snow wouldn't help keep these men warm. I also don't know the purpose of the buildings. The first two look like barracks, and from the readings I've done, I think that is a good assessment. However, the last building looked quite different from the other two, and we assumed it might have been an office or the dining area, bakery, or shop, all of which I read were built at this camp.