Jennifer Voecks'11 (modern languages)
"Where does Russia Stand Today? An Examination of the Commemoration of the Politically-Repressed in the Twenty-first Century Russia"
Location: Kychino, Siberia, Russia
Jennifer spent the fall semester in Moscow studying at the Russian State University for the Humanities and became interested in the work of Memorial Society, and human rights organization in Russia focusing on remembering the gulag era. Over the break, she visited a former labor camp (right) in Kychino, in Siberia, that existed during the Soviet era, now called the Perm-36 museum. She learned about details of the camp’s history that would be difficult to obtain through secondary resources. Jennifer wrote, “I think one of the biggest lesson I learned both from my experience at the camp and my research studies beforehand, is that history is not entirely factual evidence and needs to be examined thoroughly.”
Below: in the museum of Perm-36.