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"Erschossen in Moskau..." (Shot in Moscow...) German Victims of Stalinism at the Moscow Cemetery Donskoje 1950 to 1953

 

"Shot in Moscow..." is an international historical research project, supported by the Foundation for Examination of the Dictatorship in East Germany and realized in collaboration between Facts & Files Historical Research Institute, Berlin and the Russian human rights organization Memorial International, Moscow.

 

Since 2004, Memorial International and Facts & Files have been researching biographical information about 1,000 Germans who were arrested in East Germany under mysterious circumstances, sentenced to death by Soviet Military Tribunals because of supposed espionage and shot in Moscow between 1950 and 1953. Within the scope of this project, previously unknown or closed records held at Russian and German archives were made accessible for the first time.

 

With the publication of a Book of the Deceased in autumn 2005, the biographical information about these victims of Stalinist persecution was brought to the public’s attention for the first time. In addition to the book, Facts & Files designed a travelling exhibition. The exhibition uses photographs, texts, and documents to describe the victims' fate and the background of their arrest and conviction.

Documents on 927 Germans from all parts of East and West Germany who were sentenced to death on charges of "spying", "anti-Soviet agitation and propaganda" or "illegal possession of guns" in secret trials held by a travelling Soviet military tribunal. After their trials, the sentenced were held at the prison in Berlin-Lichtenberg before they were transported in disguised railway-cars to Moscow, where they were shot in the cellar of the Butyrka prison. The same night, their bodies were burned and their ashes were buried anonymously at the Moscow Donskoje cemetery.


Memorial International estimates the total number of victims of the NKWD/MGB buried at the Donskoje cemetery to be higher than 7,000. Today, stones at three of the mass graves serve as a memorial to the murdered.

 

The new revised edition of the Book of the Deceased was published in October 2008.

 

Please find more references and studies here (only available in German):

 

GULAG – The Soviet Camp System.

 

Press commentary on the project

Publications

"Erschossen in Moskau ..." Die deutschen Opfer des Stalinismus auf dem Moskauer Friedhof Donskoje 1950-1953, ed. by Arsenij Roginskij, Frank Drauschke, and Anna Kaminsky, 3. completely revised edition, Berlin 2008. publ. at Metropol Verlag, ISBN 978-3-938690-14-7, 480 p., 22,00 EUR

 

"Erschossen in Moskau ..." Die deutschen Opfer des Stalinismus auf dem Moskauer Friedhof Donskoje 1950-1953, ed. by Arsenij Roginskij, Joerg Rudolph, Frank Drauschke, and Anne Kaminsky, Berlin 2005. publ. at Metropol Verlag, ISBN 3-938690-14-3, 400 p., 22,00 EUR

 

Frank Drauschke:

 

Das Forschungsprojekt..., In: Sowjetische Militärjustiz in der SBZ und frühen DDR. Tagungsband, im Auftrag des Landesverwaltungsamts Sachsen-<wbr></wbr>Anhalt, hrsg. von Daniel Bohse und Lutz Miehe, Halle 2007

 

Jörg Rudolph, Frank Drauschke and Alexander Sachse:

Verurteilt zum Tode durch Erschießen. Opfer des Stalinismus aus Thüringen, 1950-1953 (Sentenced to Death. Victims of Stalinism from Thuringia, 1950-1953), Erfurt 2006, Landeszentrale für politische Bildung Thüringen, ISBN-10: 3-937967-10-9, 104 p.

 

 

Jörg Rudolph, Frank Drauschke and Alexander Sachse: Hingerichtet in Moskau. Opfer des Stalinismus aus Sachsen 1950 - 1953 (Executed in Moscow. Victims of Stalinism from Saxonia, 1950-53), Leipzig 2007, Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, ISBN 978-3-374-02450-6, 191 p.

 

 

Jörg Rudolph, Frank Drauschke and Alexander Sachse:

Verurteilt zum Tode durch Erschießen. Opfer des Stalinismus aus Sachsen-Anhalt, 1950-1953 (Sentenced to Death by Shooting. Victims of Stalinism from Saxony-Anhalt, 1950-1953), Magdeburg 2006, LStU in Sachsen-Anhalt, 120 p.

 

 

Jörg Rudolph, Frank Drauschke and Alexander Sachse:

Hingerichtet in Moskau. Opfer des Stalinismus aus Berlin 1950-1953 (Executed in Moscow. Victims of Stalinism from Berlin 1950-1953), Berlin 2007, LStU Berlin, ISBN: 978-3-934085-26-8, 136 p.

 

Please contact for further information: Frank Drauschke



 
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