Finding information on Polish relatives and ancestors hurt by the anti-Polish terror in the Soviet Union can take a lot of effort, but one website has made it as easy as a few clicks.
The Center for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding and the Institute of National Remembrance created a portal to give closure to relatives of anti-Polish terror victims.
“Moscow Memorial Association says at least 139,835 people were repressed, of whom no less than 111,991 were shot in the back of the head and 28,774 were sentenced to stay in the labor camps,” according to the portal.
Sadly, Russia doesn’t want to release all records on the Polish terror victims but this portal is the most complete database online.
Here is how to use the portal for searching. Imię is first name; Nazwisko is surname; Imię ojca is father’s first name; and Data urodzenia is birthdate (day/month/year).
Once the information is entered, click on wyszukaj to search the database. If results don’t appear, try different spellings and fewer search criteria.
For those who don’t know Polish, the portal also can be searched in Russian. Имя is first name; Фамилия is surname; Отчество is father’s first name; Дата рождения is birthdate (day/month/year); and поиск is the search button.
Anywho who doesn’t know Russian nor Polish can copy and paste the results into Google Translate to view them in English.
Once results are found, don’t be shy about searching for further information on Google in Russian or Polish to see whether more information is available.
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