“Shot in Moscow …”

"Shot in Moscow ..."

The German victims of Stalinism at the Donskoye cemetery in Moscow 1950 – 1953

“Shot in Moscow…” was an international project funded by the Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in Germany, Berlin; jointly edited and supervised by Facts & Files and Memorial International Society for Human Rights, Moscow.

Since 2004, the project has been researching the biographies of around 1000 Germans who were sentenced to death by the Supreme Military Tribunal of the Soviet occupying forces in the GDR between 1950 and 1953 and shot in Moscow.
Previously unknown or closed files in Russian and German archives have been viewed and analyzed for the first time.

Supplemented by detailed background texts, the biographies were published in a Book of the Dead in the fall of 2005. In addition, the results of the research are presented in a traveling exhibition that uses examples to illustrate the fates of the victims.

The names of 927 German victims from the GDR as well as from West Berlin and West Germany who were sentenced to death in secret trials for “espionage”, “anti-Soviet agitation and propaganda” or “illegal possession of weapons” in accordance with § 58 of the RSFSR Criminal Code are now known. After their trials, the convicts were taken to the Berlin-Lichtenberg prison and then deported by the Soviet secret service in camouflaged railroad cars to Moscow, where they were shot in the basement of the Butyrka prison. That same night, the Soviet secret service had the dead cremated in the city’s only crematorium at the Donskoye cemetery. Their ashes were buried in mass graves in the vicinity of the crematorium. Memorial estimates the number of NKVD/MGB victims buried in the Donskoye cemetery at more than 7,000.

On November 3, 2006, a workshop entitled “Soviet military justice in the Soviet Occupation Zone and early GDR” took place at the ROTER OCHSE memorial in Halle (Saale). The program can be found here: hsozkult.geschichte.hu-berlin.de/termine/id=6260. The contributions to the workshop were published in 2007. The completely revised 3rd edition of the book was published in October 2008. It included two new essays and a whole series of new photos. The fourth edition was published in November 2020.

A traveling exhibition was created for the research project, which was shown at 24 locations in Germany and Austria between 2006 and 2016.

More on the topic in German GULAG – Das Lagersystem der Sowjetunion.


Online-Publikation https://donskoje1950-1953.de/

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Erschossen in Moskau …

Die deutschen Opfer des Stalinismus auf dem Moskauer Friedhof Donskoje 1950-1953

Herausgeber: Arsenij Roginskij, Frank Drauschke und Anna Kaminsky
Auflage: 4. Auflage
Herausgegeben in: Berlin 2020
Verlag: Metropol Verlag
ISBN 978-3-938690-14-7
Umfang: 480 S.
Preis: 22,00 EUR

Das Buch kann online direkt beim METROPOL-Verlag  bestellt werden.

Hingerichtet in Moskau.

Opfer des Stalinismus aus Berlin 1950 – 1953

Autoren: Jörg Rudolph, Frank Drauschke und Alexander Sachse
Herausgegeben in: Berlin 2007
Verlag: LStU Berlin
ISBN: 978-3-934085-26-8
Umfang: 136 S.
Online: www.berlin.de/imperia/md/content/lstu/schriftenreihe/heft_23_3

Hingerichtet in Moskau.

Opfer des Stalinismus aus Sachsen 1950 – 1953

Autoren: Jörg Rudolph, Frank Drauschke und Alexander Sachse
Herausgegeben in: Leipzig 2007
Verlag: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt
ISBN: 978-3-374-02450-6
Umfang: 191 S.

Das Forschungsprojekt….

In: Sowjetische Militärjustiz in der SBZ und frühen DDR.
Tagungsband, im Auftrag des Landesverwaltungsamts Sachsen-Anhalt
Autor: Frank Drauschke
Herausgegeben in: Halle 2007
Herausgegeben von: Daniel Bohse und Lutz Miehe

Verurteilt zum Tode durch Erschießen. Opfer des Stalinismus aus Thüringen, 1950-1953

Authoren: Jörg Rudolph, Frank Drauschke und Alexander Sachse
Herausgegeben in: Erfurt 2006
Verlag: Landeszentrale für politische Bildung Thüringen
ISBN-10: 3-937967-10-9
Umfang: 104 S.

Hingerichtet in Moskau. Opfer des Stalinismus aus Sachsen 1950 – 1953

Autoren: Jörg Rudolph, Frank Drauschke und Alexander Sachse
Herausgegeben in: Magdeburg 2006
Verlag: LStU in Sachsen-Anhalt
ISBN: 978-3-374-02450-6
Umfang: 120 S.


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