One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Why had Ivan never seen a bad Estonian? What is the point of having this piece of information in the book?

One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich, by Solzhenitsyn.

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This reiterates the theme of working and survival. The whole point is that the people who come together, who support one another (like the Estonians seem to do) manage to survive and their work is lighter.