There are six Ivanovs listed on the web site: Grigory, Semyon, Pavel, Vasily, Pyotr and Alexei.
Ivanov is one of Russia’s most common surnames, so it is unlikely that the six were relatives. What they do have in common though, is that all of them died on Norwegian soil between 1942 and 1945, where they remain to this day.
The Ivanovs are listed on the Krigsgraver web site — launched earlier this year — which lists basic information about close to half of the roughly 13,000 Soviet citizens who died in prison camps in Norway during World War II.
The database is part of a project called “Krigsgraver Soker Navn,” or “War Graves Seek Names.”
“We started the project about one year ago, compiling the data about prisoners and where they were held, from Norwegian, German and Russian archives,” said Marianne Neerland Soleim, project manager for the team that has created the database. “So far we’ve added 3,500 new names to what we had before, but it’s been difficult work, particularly as the Germans and Russians often have place names spelled wrongly — they wrote them down just as they heard them.”
via Matching Names to the Soviet Norwegian Dead | Arts & Ideas | The Moscow Times.
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Stephen F. Cohen wrote his new book, The Victims Return, which tells the stories of survivors of Stalin’s Terror, more than two decades after he first outlined it. He began research in the 1970s, while living in Russia and befriending former Gulag inmates, but then put the project aside. In 2007, the year his friend the historian Robert Conquest turned 90, Cohen picked up where he left off. In the opinion of Anna Larina, the widow of the prominent Stalin victim Nikolai Bukharin, recounting this history was Cohen’s “fate.”
“It was a duty unfulfilled, a debt unpaid,” Cohen told HuffPost. “People had taken risks for me, and I hadn’t done what I said I was going to do. And then I did it — late, but I did it.”
via The Other Holocaust: Stories From Victims Of Stalin’s Terror.
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