Prison building 1a, Barabanicha labour camp

This type of building measures 26m x 8m and is divided by an internal wall into two equal halves with separate entrances. Each part housed 40–50 prisoners. This is the northern half of building no. 1.

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The furnishings and look of each part of the building differed considerably. In the northern part of this building (building no. 1a) we find “wagon” type bunk beds (independent two-level plank beds for four people that could be moved), while in the southern half (building no. 1b) there are firmly fixed bunk beds reminiscent of continuous strip bunks (known as “sploshnye nary”); bunk beds of this type had shelves built inside under the top bunk. Holders, into which prisoners’ name tags were placed, are visible on the bunk beds (particularly in the northern parts).


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