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Commemoration event "The return of names" on October 29th, 2020 at Steinplatz in Berlin-Charlottenburg

Event in memory of the victims of Stalinism

Time: October 29, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Location: Steinplatz in Berlin-Charlottenburg

Every year on October 29, on the eve of Russia's official Memorial Day for Victims of Political Persecution, the names of those who fell victim to the Stalinist terror are read in many Russian cities.

This year Memorial Deutschland eV would like to join this commemorative event and invites you to join us on October 29, 2020 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the memorial for the victims of Stalinism on Steinplatz in Berlin-Charlottenburg, the names of those from Berlin and Brandenburg Reading out sacrifices.

Of the 923 civilians from Germany who were sentenced to death by Soviet military tribunals between 1950 and 1953, who were deported to Moscow and shot there, 241 came from Berlin and Brandenburg. Most of the victims were rehabilitated by the Russian Military Prosecutor's Office after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The victims do not have an individual grave, they were shot in secret. As part of the event, we would like to at least give them their names back.

You are also welcome to read out the names of your own family members or other people who are important to you and who were victims of Soviet tyranny. You can bring flowers if you want.

With a hunger strike on October 30, 1974, prisoners from camps in the Mordovia and Perm regions celebrated the “Remembrance Day for Political Prisoners” for the first time. Until 1987, prisoners always went on hunger strikes that day. From 1987 demonstrations took place in large cities of the Soviet Union and in 1989 around 3,000 people with candles in hand formed a human chain around the KGB building in Moscow. On October 18, 1991, October 30 was officially declared the “Day of Remembrance of Victims of Political Persecution” by the Supreme Council of the Russian Soviet Republic.

Post Scriptum. "Eastern workers" in the German Reich

Opening of theSpecial exhibition in the museum garden:

Postscriptum - "Eastern workers" in the German Empire

on August 20, 2020 at 6 p.m. in the museum garden of the German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst; in cooperation with the Documentation Center Nazi Forced Labor

Exhibition opening program:

greeting (Carolin Savchuk - Museum Berlin-Karlshorst)

Greetings (Ewelina Rudenko, Nikita Lomakin - curators of the exhibition / Memorial Moscow)

Discussion on dealing with Nazi forced labor in Germany and in the post-Soviet area (Dr. Christine Glauning - Documentation Center Nazi Forced Labor, Ekaterina Makhotina - University of Bonn, Carolin Savchuk - Moderation)

Followed by a tour of the exhibition

Admission is free.

The Memorial Society's exhibition “Postscriptum - 'Eastern Workers' in the German Reich” commemorates the Soviet women, men and children who had to do forced labor for the Nazi regime during the Second World War. It was developed as part of an educational project with Moscow schoolchildren and students and funded by the “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” foundation.

The personal documents and photographs presented in the exhibition can be seen in Germany for the first time.

The exhibition can be seen from August 21 to October 4, 2020. It is located outside the museum and can be viewed outside of the opening times. More information can be found here.

Online press conference on the trial of Dmitriev

The trial of Yuri Dmitriev is nearing completion.

To mark the occasion, Memorial International organizes Friday, July 10th, 12 p.m. Moscow time (11 a.m. CEST) an online press conference.


Viktor Anufriev, lawyer, defense attorney for Dmitriev

Anatoly Razumov, historian, head of the Center "Returned Names"

Irina Flige, Head of the NIT, Memorial Petersburg

Sergej Davidis, Memorial Human Rights Center, head of the "Support for Political Prisoners" program


Aleksandr Sokurov, director, actor, member of the President's Human Rights Council

Natalija Solzhenitsyna, Head of the Foundation for the Support of Persecuted Persons and Their Relatives (Solzhenitsyn Fund)


Oleg Orlov, Member of the Board of Directors of Memorial International; Human Rights Center Memorial

The press conference will be broadcast here. You can register under this link or or contact Natalia Petrova (This e-mail address is being protected from spambots! JavaScript must be enabled to view it!)

An overview of the course of both proceedings against Jurij Dmitriev can be found here.