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Medicine and Mortality in the Gulag

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A prevailing argument in Gulag academia posits that the cruelty and inhumanity in Stalinist camps was never deliberate or “centrally coordinated”, but rather a product of incompetence, shortages, depletion of resources, and other “external factors” such as the harsh Siberian climates. But in her book Illness and Inhumanity in Stalin’s Gulag, Dr. Golfo Alexopoulos argues, contrary to popular Gulag literature, that Stalinist camps were actually more akin to death camps: a “highly coordinated system of violent human exploitation” to a “degree not previously documented.”

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A Balanchine for the New Millennium: Dana Genshaft and “Shadow Lands” at the Washington Ballet

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A futuristic feeling pervades Dana Genshaft’s new work “Shadow Lands,” the centerpiece of the Washington Ballet’s Three World Premieres this April at the Harman Center. Along with Ethan Stiefel’s Wood Work and Trey McIntyre’s “Teeming Waltzes,” Genshaft’s “Shadow Lands” represents the Washington Ballet’s initiative to promote new choreographic art.

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