Soviet Prisoners of War Gravesite Project
After publishing a memorial book of Soviet gravesites in Saxony, the documentation center in Dresden is planning to publish a further memorial book on gravesites in Bavaria. “It would be enormously helpful to work with the International Tracing Service on this project,” said Dr. Alexander Haritonow, research assistant at the documentation center. He visited Bad Arolsen for a day to discuss his project and get an update on the digitization.
“I have seen a lot and had many interesting experiences,” said Haritonow. “Much has happened since my last visit several years ago.” Reports about foreigners´ gravesites from post-war Bavarian communities have been put into the ITS database and are of special interest for the upcoming memorial book. The ITS could deliver information on prisoner of war camps and specially the camp cemeteries when comments such as “buried in the camp cemetery” are found on Wehrmacht record cards collected in Dresden. “There is enormous interest in the former states of the Soviet Union on the whereabouts of former prisoners of war,” reported Haritonow. “With the help of our publications, in book form or on the internet, relatives can see which camp soldiers were imprisoned in, where they were buried and how the cemetery looks today.”
The documentation center 'The History of Resistance and Repression in the Nazi Era and Soviet Occupied Zone/German Democratic Republic' is a historical research institution under the auspices of the Foundation of Memorials in Saxony for Remembrance of Victims of Political Tyranny. Their work also encompasses the history of resistance and repression in the Nazi era and information on the fates of Soviet prisoners of war during the Second World War. The insights gleaned are used in academic studies and publications but are also made available to surviving dependents, who receive eagerly awaited news on the fates of their relatives.