How did the Soviet Gulags in the Western Soviet Union move east as the Germans advanced?

I’ve been reading Anne Applebaum’s Gulag, and she brushes up on this topic a bit, but I was wondering if you could go into a bit of depth here.


Do you mean “move east”? I’m not familiar with this particular subject at all, but moving west would have been moving towards the Germans, and that doesn’t sound likely at all.

Or am I completely misunderstanding something?


Wow, yeah, I typed that in wrong. I did mean East. Whoops!


Definitely makes more sense this way. :slight_smile: I figured this is what you meant, but also thought “Hey, it’s the Russians, maybe they would have moved their gulags towards the Germans? That may actually be what he meant.”