Friday, April 06, 2012

Czech historian produces death tally for communist uranium camps | Czech Position

One of the past century's lesser known barbarisms.Czech historian produces death tally for communist uranium camps | Czech Position:
Some of those sentenced to long terms of labor were labeled “Mukl┼», an acronnym which translates from Czech to mean men designated for liquidation. Quite simply, they were not expected to survive the camps and with the regime counting on their deaths far before they approached the ends of their sentences.

Brutal conditions in the mines and the camps, hastily erected wooden barracks, often with rudimentary facilities and rations and privileges, such as receiving letters, based on meeting or exceeding work quotas, meant that many prisoners aged prematurely or became chronically ill. Prison authorities in some cases agreed to send them home when it was clear they only had a few months to live.

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