Solidarité Ukraine
INED Éditions. Archives Sonores, Mémoires européennes du Goulag

European Memories

of the Gulag


The importance of mechanisation

The glorification of mechanised work and the domination of man over nature were part of the Soviet discourse, and some witnesses adopted them. These photographs show the importance of machines and mechanical power, whether at work (particularly farm and forestry tractors) or in private life (the motorbike as a symbol of social success, especially for men).