Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Fifth Edition - October 9, 2015 - Written by Kammie Harn
About Ivan Denisovich
Various Different Jobs that the Prisoners had to do --
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Dear Ivan Column
I'm also in a work camp. I was wondering what your secret is. How do you get by on a day to day basis?
I have no secret. It is hard. Seeing my friends get packages from home is very sad. I told my wife not to send me gifts because they need the money at home, but sometimes I envy the others. Getting by daily isn't easy. Knowing that everyday here is another day closer to being back home with my family is what keeps me going.
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Inspiration from Ivan
- "Yes, you live with your feet in the mud and there's no time to be thinking about how you got in or how you're going to get out."
- "You should rejoice that you're in prison. Here you have time to think about your soul."
- "Work was like a stick. It had two ends. When you worked for the knowing you gave them quality; when you worked for a fool you simply gave him eyewash."
This is what it looked like when everyone was called out of the barracks for roll call.
This is a picture of the barracks in Buchenwald. As you can see, these beds are really just oversized shelves on the wall.
Surprise Roll Call
Sometimes, they would do a surprise roll call in the middle of the night to make sure all of the prisoners were still there.