Forced Laborers From Central and Eastern Europe For Nazi Germany Online Database #germany #holocaust #russia #announcements
Jan Meisels Allen
Over 320,000 people from central and eastern Europe were taken as forced laborers (Ostarbeiters) for Germany. This database has been put online by a Russian international historical and civil rights society. See: https://ost-west.memo.ru/ It is available in Russian and English. The Memorial has posted a list of Ostarbeiters who were taken from or forced to work in these countries: Russia, current day Republic of Crimea, Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Lithuania, France, Norway, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland. The list comes from the State Archive of the Russian Federation Fund (Fond?) -7021 “Extraordinary State Commission for the Establishment and Investigation of the Crimes of the Nazi Invaders”.
This is not an “easy” database to use. Vera Miller of the Find Lost Russian and Ukrainian Family has information on how to best search this including a link to a video with English subtitles to use the database. The link for the video is available at:
https://ost-west.memo.ru/about You may need to switch from the Russian to English on the upper right side. Using a translation guide such as Google translate https://translate.google.com/ or DeepL https://www.deepl.com/translator will be necessary unless you are fluent in Russian. When looking for your ancestors names, Steve Morse’s website is helpful https://stevemorse.org/russian/eng2rus.html Write in the name you are researching to get the Russian name.
You can search by countries, regions and job type. It will be helpful for users to know the region, district and town/village where their relatives and ancestors were taken from or had been forced to work.
Another website the Memorial created is: https://fond21.memo.ru/ for documents and personal photos of the Ostarbeiters. This website provides information on 170,000 people.
I would recommend reading the article before trying any translations:
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee