Romanian Camps

“[T]he Romanian camps most closely resemble the Gulag, even to the extent that they carried out absurd, overambitious projects of the sort Stalin himself favored in the Soviet Union. The most famous of these, the Danube-Black Sea Canal, appears to have no real economic function at all. To this day, it is every bit as empty and deserted as the White Sea Canal which it so eerily resembles. A propaganda slogan declared that the ‘Danube-Black Sea Canal is the tomb of the Roman bourgeoisie!’ Given that up to 200,000 people may have died building it, that may have indeed been the canal’s real purpose.” (Applebaum, Gulag: A History, p.456)

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