Germany will give Russia information about Soviet prisoners of war

This “RG” said the Director of RGVA Vladimir Tarasov, as well as interlocutors in the National Union of Germany on care of military cemeteries. This organization is mandated with the German side to coordinate a large project for clarifying the fate of Soviet and German prisoners of war and internees.

a New impetus to this project given the talks between the foreign Ministers of the two countries in June 2016, when the head of the German depodesta Frank-Walter Steinmeier (now President of Germany) at the invitation of Sergey Lavrov, visited Moscow on the 75th anniversary of the great Patriotic war. Then the Ministers agreed to continue a suspended job documenting archival materials with the ultimate goal to digitize them and create a single database. In the future it could benefit the researchers of the Second world war and all citizens who would like to learn about the fate and place of burial of their relatives.

Photo: courtesy Park Number of photos of soldiers for “Roads of remembrance” close to a million

Last fall, the Russian state military archive and the Federal archives of Germany signed in Berlin the agreement on a specific work. As noted in an interview with “RG” Vladimir Tarasov, the Russian side hopes that the German colleagues to clarify the fate of at least half a million of our compatriots in the German camps or deported for forced labor. Another thing is that while passing the entire array of information not talking. The source “RG” in the National Union of Germany recognized that Berlin was preparing to transfer the Russian Federation about a tenth of the data, which in the future is still to be clarified.

Recall that during the Second world war in Nazi captivity was almost six million Sovietx citizens, more than half died. More than three million soldiers and officers of the Wehrmacht were in Soviet captivity. According to the Ambassador of Germany in Russia Geza Andreas von Geir, this initiative will be another important step in the context of historical reconciliation between the two peoples.