Soviet camps victims' names to be published

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12 January 2007, Berlin (dpa) - The names of 43,000 people who were killed or died in prison camps operated by the former Soviet Union in Germany after World War II are to be published this month, a Berlin museum said. Supported by the German Red Cross, the Berlin Wall Museum hopes the list will help provide closure for families who in some cases still do not know the fate of missing members lost during post-war chaos. The list of victims will be published in Berlin on January 16. The Soviet Union operated

12 January 2007

Berlin (dpa) - The names of 43,000 people who were killed or died in prison camps operated by the former Soviet Union in Germany after World War II are to be published this month, a Berlin museum said.

Supported by the German Red Cross, the Berlin Wall Museum hopes the list will help provide closure for families who in some cases still do not know the fate of missing members lost during post-war chaos.

The list of victims will be published in Berlin on January 16.

The Soviet Union operated a series of prison camps in Germany after the war from 1945 to 1950 which were sometimes based in former Nazi concentration camps.

Some of those held were former Nazis but the Berlin Wall Musuem says: "Only a small number were war criminals. The majority were people and many youths who were arbitrarily arrested and held without the knowledge of their family members."

The camps were also used for political opponents to the communist system.

Those held included nationals from Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Lithuania, Estonia and other nations, said a statement.

Up to 180,000 people were held in the camps, historians say.

DPA

Subject: German news

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