Temporary exhibition
June 30th - November 12th 2017


In remote areas of the Soviet Union, millions of people were imprisoned in forced labour camps, often for decades. These camps became known under the acronym GULAG, which stands for ‘Main Administration of Corrective Labour Camps’. At least 18 million people were imprisoned in Gulag camps. Very few people are aware that thousands of Dutch citizens were among them. Most were SS soldiers who had fought for the Germans; some were idealistic communists who helped build the Soviet Union and later fell into disgrace. The exhibition shows how the system worked, how the West perceived it, and Russia's current view on it.

Russia experts Jelle Brandt Corstius, Alexander Münninghoff and Nanci Adler from NIOD assisted in putting together this fascinating exhibition.