Year: 2008 Source: Archives of Suicide Research, v.12, no.2, (2008), p.170-179 SIEC No: 20080693

Based upon literary evidence from survivors of the Soviet Gulag camps & published documents, the authors present reports of attempted & completed suicide, along with a discussion of whether suicide in Gulag camps was a frequent or rare behaviour. Similar to reports from the Nazi concentration camps during World War II, the existence of dying prisoners emaciated by hunger, sometimes considered as suicide, has been identified among the Gulag inmates. The incidence & methods of self-mutilation among the camp inmates are also discussed. (22 refs.)