About Soviet Union, Name Index to Testimonials for Victims in the Soviet Extraordinary Commission Records, 1941-1944
Historical Background:Created by the Soviet Union at the end of World War II to document German crimes during the occupation, the Soviet Extraordinary Commission compiled testimonial information gathered from the evidence of neighbors, eyewitnesses, and survivors. Regional commissions contributed their reports to a centralized commission in Moscow.
These records are from Fond 7021 of the State Archive of the Russian Federation (GARF), formerly known as the Central State Archive of the October Revolution (TsGAOR), in Moscow. Microfilmed copies are located in the Archives of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), RG-22.002M (27 reels).
About the Database:
This database contains a name index created by the Registry of Holocaust Survivors to the testimonial documents compiled by the Soviet Extradorinay Commission. Because of the testimonial nature of these documents, this list should not be considered a comprehensive record of Jewish victims in the former Soviet Union.
Information contained in the index includes:
- Birth year
- Source and other information to assist in locating names on the microfilm*
*Opis (Op) and Folder information refer to the organizational scheme used in the archival documents. Reel numbers are for the microfilm held by the USHMM archives. Page and line number refer to the individual documents within the collection.
This database contains records from the following regions:
- Kharkov, Krym ASSR (Crimea), Nikolaev, Zaporozh'e
- Chernigov, Kamenets-Podolskiy, Kirovograd, Krym ASSR (Crimea), Zhitomir
- Chernigov, Kiev, Vinnitsa, Zhitomir
- Kherson, Poltava, Vinnitsa
- Minsk, Stalino, Sumy, Voroshilovgrad
- Dnepropetrovsk, Stanislav, Tula
- Grodno, Lvov, Rovno, Volynya
- Chernovtsy, Rovno, Stanislav, Volynya
- Chernovtsy, Leningrad
The original records are written in Cyrillic. The amount of information available on the original records varies drastically from list to list. Sometime town, district, region information will be available. Sometimes further information about the family or fate. Often, no additional information will be available.