Map of Gulag camp administrations and stories from Central Europe

The Gulag.Online museum now also offers a map of Gulag camp administrations which was created on the basis of the Система исправительно-трудовых лагерей в СССР (System of Forced Labour Camps in the USSR) database. This was put together using archival material from our colleagues at the International Memorial organisation in Moscow. All information on individual camp administrations has been taken from that database.

The map shows the entire geographical range of the Gulag system. On the basis of the available information about the location or actual precise address of a camp administration, we have been able to identify the exact or at least rough location of camp administrations throughout all periods of operation. So you can also discover their subsequent locations, as recorded in archival materials. In addition, individual camp administrations also contain data on their timeline of operation, number of prisoners and linked camps. Identifying the location of camp administrations was carried out using public databases of field names (including historical ones) and archival military maps. However, despite great effort it has not been possible to establish the locations of some camp administrations (a total of 14 of 486).

Individual camps are marked on the map with a red dot. Normally dozens or even hundreds of camps (of which there were over 30,000, though they are only marked on the map in exceptional cases) fell under each camp administration. Places linked to people’s individual stories, and places mapped during the team’s expeditions, are marked on the map using other icons.

The production of the map of Gulag camp administrations and linked stories of persecuted individuals from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary has been supported by the Visegrad Fund within the Central European Map of the Gulag project. The project’s partners are the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes (CR), the Institute of National Remembrance (Poland), the Remembrance and Future Institute (Poland), Post Bellum SK (Slovakia) and the association NémetKor (Hungary). The map was created by Radek Světlík.

Visegrad Fund
Ústav pro studium totalitních režimů Instytut pamieci narodowej Ośrodek Pamięć i Przyszłość Post Bellum SK NémetKorMemorial

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