Now that missing piece to document the experiences those who suffered during Nazi occupation has arrived in the form of a new database.
More than 46,000 Russian victims of Nazi persecution on Russian territory are documented in the new database, “Crimes of the Nazis and their accomplices against the civilian population of the USSR during the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945.”
Naturally, there were many more victims than currently documented in this database but this is a great beginning. I expect many more records will be posted to this database.
Thankfully, this free database doesn’t involve any registration. Also, victims can be searched by name or found through the alphabetically listing separated by the Russian letters. Filters help narrow down the name searches.
Records on this database also can be viewed by regions of Russia, Belarus and the Soviet Karelia Republic and the autonomous republics here.
This information cannot be obtained from any other website. Not a chance that these records are on the noted Arolsen Archives database. Russian archives won’t hand over these scans to a German-based organization.
Here’s how to use this database without knowing Russian:
- Download Google Translate or another language translator for web browsers.
- Use Google Translate or this website to write names in Russian.
- Start simple with searching by surnames and use first names to reduce the number of results.
- If results don’t appear, go through names in the alphabetical listing. The surnames may be spelled differently or incorrectly in the database.
- To download the images, click on the text to the right of the scanned image. If you download the small image on the left, it will be a grainy and useless scan.
- Then the images for the victim will appear. Click on each image to see it in full view. The image can be downloaded from here.
- For more information about the scans, click on the white bar that says Указатели и теги (Pointers and tags). The towns and regions mentioned in the scan will be listed first, then the victims and finally tags for the type of crimes.
- Make sure to save the downloads in two places.
Those who have a cell phone with a working camera can download the Google Translate app onto their phone.
Once it is downloaded, click under the blue bar to set the translation to Russian- English, press on the camera image and hold the phone steady. The app will give a decent translation of the typed text within the scan.
The easiest way to get translations is to ask nicely for help on Facebook genealogy groups that focus on Russian genealogy.
Besides this database, the website has a list of Russian regional projects offered by archives on how World War II affected people of their areas. The list can be found here.
I will post again when a large update is made to this database. Follow this blog with the top right button to catch important posts on databases and helpful resources for Russian and Ukrainian genealogy.
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