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Soviet camps for German POWs?

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    I recently purchased a small collection of Red Cross correspondence cards issued to a German PoW in the USSR. The cards cover the period from 10 May 1945 to 6 June 1949 which was the day of the PoWs release. He engraved the dates into the lid of a small aluminium box—as illustrated. The collection is almost complete—one handwritten letter/card a month being sent to his wife, who worked as an usherette in a cinema. Also included was the telegram Hans Steinhorst sent to his wife to inform her that he was on the way home! There are also included payslips for his wife and her cloth made identity card.

    The photo shows PoW Hans Steinhorst on his release 6 June 1945. Any clues in his uniform as to what unit he might have served under?

    I don't really collect or know anything about this kind of material but did so because I thought it was a fascinating little piece of history and would like to know a little more about German PoW camps in the USSR if possible.

    Is there a list of Soviet PoW camps? I would like to find out where camps no. 7395, no. 3604 and no. 7145 might be located?

    Any information would be very much appreciated


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    A nice piece of History !! Not sure about a list of Soviet POW Camps hopefully our Russian members will be able to assist ?
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    Quote by Paul E View Post
    A nice piece of History !! Not sure about a list of Soviet POW Camps hopefully our Russian members will be able to assist ?
    Thanks Paul.

    I have searched for an online source with partial success on this very informative website:

    Russische Kriegsgefangenenlager



    Results:

    Kriegsgefangenenhospital Nr. 3064 (POW Hospital No. 3064)
    Belovolschsk
    Russland, Republik Tschuwaschien, Rayon Koslovski

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    Hospital No. 3064 in Belovolschsk.

    Chuvashia (Tschuwaschien) is an autonomous republic in the European part of Russia located in the Volga Federal District in Eastern Europe.

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    Kriegsgefangenenlager/Kommando Nr. 7395 (POW camp / Command No. 7395)
    Twer (bis 1990 Kalinin)
    Zentralrussland, Oblast Twer

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    Tver Oblast ( in red) - Russia

    I did find a reference to lager no. 7145 but my German isn't up to much so any help to translate will be most welcome.

    Bei einigen Uprawlenijen muss außerdem im Hinblick auf ihre örtliche Fixierung der Zeitpunkt berücksichtigt werden. Beispiele: die Uprawlenije 7395 befand sich bis zum Herbst 1948 im Raum Kalinin, NO Moskau, und wurde dann in den Raum Bjelgorod,
    S Kursk verlegt, wo sie aus Lagern der Uprawlenijen 7145 und 7399 neu gegründet wurde; die Uprawlenije 7414 blieb bis Herbst 1948 im Raum Kiew und kam danach in den Raum Saporoshje; die Uprawlenije. 7424 war bis Herbst 1948 im Raum Pjatigorsk (Kaukasus), dann im Raum Melitopol. Das mag genügen.
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    A bit more online research and another piece of the puzzle solved:

    According to documents of the German War Graves Commission for camp management were No. 145 (later 7145) Kursk 15-20 POW camp

    From a German Red Cross Association copied list of the International Tracing Service (ITS) of the Red Cross in the 1950s, the following camp numbers:

    7145/23 and Kursk Walujki - 293 kilometers southeast of Kursk Belgorod (Valujki)
    7145/15 Kursk
    7145/14 Derjugino - 152 km west of Kursk, road over Trosna
    7145/13 Kursk
    7145/11 and Kursk Walujki - 293 kilometers southeast of Kursk Belgorod (Valujki)
    7145/10 Ivanovskoe - 179 km north of Kursk on Orel
    7145/9 and Tetkino Kursk - 183 km southwest of Kursk L'gov (Tetkino)
    7145/8 and Stary Oskol Kursk - 171 km east of Kursk (Staryi Oskol)
    7145/7 Derjugino, Kursk and Schatkino
    7145/6 Belgorod and Derjugino
    7145/4 Belgorod and Kursk - 148 km south of Kursk (Belgorod)
    7145/3 Kursk
    7145/2 Ryschkowo
    7145/1 and Kursk Raschewa
    Kursk 7145


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