"My Gulag", Lev Netto recollections


Lev Netto was born in 1925 in Moscow. In 1940, he enrolled in artillery school and was called to the front line during the war. In 1944, his unit was deployed to Estonia where he was taken prisoner. In 1945, he was released by American troops, returned to the USSR and decided to continue military service. In 1948, he was arrested after being reported by a tipster, sentenced under paragraph 54 to 25 years in the prison camps and taken to Gorlag Camp in Norilsk, where he took part in the 1953 camp revolt. In 1956, he was released after being granted amnesty, returned to Moscow and graduated with a degree in instrumentation engineering from the Bauman Moscow State Technical University. He was rehabilitated in 1958.

The interview was recorded as a part of the project "My Gulag". Since June 2013, the Gulag History Museum in Moscow has been collecting memories of the people affected by political repression. The aim of the project is to create an archive of interviews about the Gulag and to update the memory of this phenomenon, which for a long time has been actively forced out of the mental space of people living in Russia and has remained outside public consciousness and public experience.