Contemporary history of Luxembourg

The Documents on Soviet prisoners of war in the German Archives. Sources, documents and research opportunities

The essay offers an overview of the sources in German archives on, and also originating from Soviet prisoners of war in German custody during World War II. Hereby, the focus is on the German Federal Archives (Bundesarchiv, BArch), on the files from military departments and organisations. A complete overview, however, cannot be given here as documents of captured Red Army soldiers are to be found as well in numerous state archives and a lot of small and private collections. This essay particularly addresses scholars who want to begin with research on prisoners of war from the Soviet Union, and in the first place want to make themselves familiar with the sources’ situation in Germany.

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