German Communists in the Soviet Union after 1933

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Grekov, Boris (Ehem. Akademie der Wissenschaften der Sowjetunion, Moskau)
Publication Date
  • B. Grekov, Ehem. Akademie der Wissenschaften der Sowjetunion, Moskau (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Historical Studies Data
  • Abstract

    Production of a database of all German communists who emigrated to the Soviet Union after the seizure of power by Hitler with particular consideration of their fate there in view of the purges by Stalin after approx. 1937. Through the opening of the archives (also KGB) for the first time it was possible to resolve the puzzle of the whereabouts of many German communists in the USSR. Currently the investigation encompasses over 2000 cases, but is not yet completed, in part because access to the archives has again become more difficult. Topics: The database encompasses information on name, origins, school education, occupation, party membership and function, emigration, whereabouts and activity in the former USSR, as well as information on arrests, trial and possibly death sentence. (Through recording data with phonetic transliteration into Cyrillic in survey on the occasion of entry as well as the re-transliteration into German when entering the data into the database much information contains gaps or has become unclear.)
Temporal Coverage
  • 1933 / 1945
Geographic Coverage
  • USSR, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (SUHH)
Sampling Procedure Comment: Census with situation of unclear file
Collection Mode
  • File analysis (immigration files, trial files, secret service files)
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Text Unit
    Number of Units: 2091
    Number of Variables: 30
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA8064 (Type: ZA-No.)

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 20 | Registration Date: 2010-07-23