Nowadays, numerous states of the world actively attempt to revise the results of World War II in a number of ways. These efforts conceal the threat of erasing the memory of the countless victims claimed by the man-hating policy of Hitler’s Nazism and therefore imply the danger of the world’s tragedy repeating itself.
The Soviet prisoners of war became the first category of Soviet citizens to be held captive in this terrifying place. It is them to whom we dedicate this work. We hope for replenishment of the resource through new research.
Auschwitz concentration camp was the biggest Nazi concentration extermination camp.

Created in April, 1940. Liberated by the Red Army on January 27, 1945.

Over 1,5 mln people of different nationalities, around 1.1 mln of whom were European Jews, were tormented to death here.

Personal file cards of prisoners
Death register book

We are firmly convinced that the results of our research along with the investigations of Polish historians are to become public knowledge. They provide reliable information for the profound workings of both the mind and heart aimed at understanding those historical processes and events, at reconstruction of the victims’ names and life histories. It is not the dead who need this – it is the living.

While assembling the national exposition of the Russian Federation in Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum (Oświęcim, Poland), the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War has examined a variety of documents. These documents reveal the life histories of the Soviet war-prisoners held in the Oświęcim (German: Auschwitz) Nazi concentration camp, where ground principles and methods of Hitlerite Germany’s warfare manifested themselves most evidently.
The memorial established on the site of the camp was included into the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.