The Last Prisoner
May 2, 2011 3:38 AM Subscribe
100 year old Pavel Galitsky, the last survivor of Kolyma, tells his story.
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"Kolyma was Auschwitz without the ovens. Prisoners traveled in batches of 1500; within 3 months only 450 people of our batch were left alive."
"They died of cold, hunger and the backbreaking labour. We extracted gold in mines and in quarries. The norm was 150 carts and if you didn’t make it, then you stayed on for the second shift to make up your quota. Then you had to drill two or three drillholes in the permafrost. Then you were sent to the forest to get firewood for the hut and for the kitchen. We worked 16 hours a day. Men turned into animals, dumb cattle. Your only thoughts were of food, of an extra bowl of balanda."