65 years later. How to learn destiny of the ancestors who were gone during war?
Before me - the color soft photo of a cross with the cut letters: “Paul Trochanowstuh 1908 - 1942“. The picture is taken on the Jewish cemetery of the German town of Karlsruhe which is on the border with France. For the last half a year - it is the third option of writing of a surname of my great-grandfather. There was both Truchanowitsch, and Turuchanowitsch. And only correct kirillichny “Trukhanovich“ never was.
Till August, 2009 Pavel Trukhanovich was registered as the missing person. Now I have two official envelopes and the picture taken by acquaintances, confirming that my ancestor is not listed “unknown“ that I can honor his memory and arrive on his grave. Scrupulous Germans in these questions are ready to provide with visas free of charge.
Fortunately, now an opportunity to learn about destiny the relatives who were gone during war is at everyone. And it can easily be made, even without leaving house walls. There is enough only Internet access.
Integrated databank of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation. In the Network - of obd - memorial. ru . The searches need to be begun with this resource. For this purpose it is enough to enter a name, a surname of the person, it is desirable to know some details of the biography - year and the birthplace, a name of the spouse. Quite often searches on it also come to an end - the system scrupulously gives the place of burial and computer copies of the documents confirming information.
Far more difficult the situation with those who were captivated is and died in camp as it happened to my grandfather. All information on prisoners was in Germany, and, of course, Germans were not going to share it with the USSR. Therefore an opportunity to learn though something about the died relatives appeared relatively recently - after falling of the Iron Curtain. But with what to begin?
Unfortunately, it was not succeeded to find information that in Russia or in Ukraine official search work is conducted. It will be out at the amateur level soldat resources. ru , and is very poor and incomplete data.
It was lucky slightly more those which grandfathers lived in the territory of modern Belarus. In 2002 KGB archive signed the contract with the association “Saxon Memorials“. From now on several hundreds of thousands of registration forms of prisoners of war were studied, translated and deciphered. Since summer lists of the found names were published in newspapers. The complete list can be found on the website of KGB of Republic of Belarus kgb. by/archiv . If the required surname is found, it is necessary to send the letter of inquiry to the address of archive and to wait for the answer. It will come with copies of all supporting documents.
However, there is also an alternative option - to address to the International service of search. I learned about it incidentally when I sent a request for “little fool“ by e-mail in archive of Dachau camp. The answer came less than in a week - my grandfather never contained in the largest camp of destruction, but the director of archive redirected on a resource which stores data on all camps. The request can be made on the website its - arolsen. org . However, for this purpose it is necessary to know English tolerably or German or to arm with the dictionary - for filling of a special form. Or to write the letter:
of International Tracing Service (ITS)
Gro ß e Allee 5 - 9
34454 Bad Arolsen
the Answer, by the way, comes in Russian.
… My great-grandfather is not registered as the missing person any more. It is a pity only that his daughters will not be able to visit a grave of the father whom they lost at the age of 8 - 10 years, - to them already for seventy. But grandsons and great-grandsons have this opportunity. It is important too.