Soviet Survivors of Nazi Occupation

The first testimonies


This website features some of the earliest recorded voices of Soviet survivors of Nazi occupation. The creation of these transcripts was the work of historians who trailed the Red Army on its path of re-conquest of Nazi-occupied soil between 1942 and 1945. Small teams of one historian and one stenographer each visited smoldering towns and villages in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus, where they sat down to speak with eyewitnesses, stenographing each of their words.

The documents are presented in the original Russian language as well as in English and German translation.

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