It’s wonderful to hear stories of Soviet Army soldiers who returned home to their families. Too many Soviet Army soldiers were taken prisoner and never heard from again.
One database from Germany provides information on 700,000 Soviet Army soldiers who died as POWs. The typical solider will have the following details: first name, last name, birthdate or birth year, father’s first name, birthplace, death date, nationality and identification number for the database.
This database is easy to use in German with the following suggestions.
- Change the letter v to w. Vladimir will also appear as Wladimir. Smirnov will also appear as Smirnow. The website has Ivanov written as Ivanov and Iwanow.
- Change the letter y to j. Vasiliy will also appear as Vasilij.
- If nothing can be found with the changes suggest in No.1 and 2, try the known or common spellings.
- Remember the e may be dropped in names such as Petr and Alexandr.
- Search by last or first name only if searches with first and last names are not successful.
The search box is above two phrases- Beginn des Namen (start of name) and Teil des Namen (part of name). The beginnings and endings of first names can be searched, in addition to last names.
Once information is found on a soldier, obtain additional information by sending an e-mail message in German (using Google Translate) to the first address listed here or mailing a letter to the first postal address listed.
If the people being researched aren’t on this database, check these lists that are translated into English.
Arkhangelsk Region, Russia
List of Soviet Army soldiers at Auschwitz– There are 2,032 Soviet Army POWs in this database, listed in alphabetic order in English. One card of information is given on each soldier, written in German. The images can’t be download so print or try holding down Ctrl and PrntScr at the same time and paste the print screen into an image editing program.
If nothing can be found on the people being researched, make free search requests with International Tracing Service here. It could take a year to get a response.
Remember to look at the Free Databases page to see the other databases for researching in Russia and Ukraine.