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Pskov to Memorialize Dulag 100 Victims

Dulag 100
The site of Dulag 100 and the unfinished memorial in 2012 (Дар Ветер CC)

On June 18 of 2016 in the Pskov region commemorative events to honor the victims of fascist concentration camp "DULAG-100" are scheduled to take place. The opening of a memorial, organized by the Federal Road Agency of the rally Murmansk – Brest, is timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the great Patriotic war of 1941-1945.

The memorial on the site of the concentration camp "DULAG-100" is the vision of sculptor Nikolay Radchenko-Shalo and Leningrad architect Alexander Manachinskogo, along with the chief architect of the Pskov region Vladimir Fomenkova. The initial work, a monument and "lake of tears" was suspended mayn years ago, but has since been renewed. The Nazi concentration camp witnessed the murders or death from sickness of some 85,000 Soviet citizens, as 100 per day were slain by the fascists from 1941 to 1944 when the camp was liberated. 

In 2015 the Pskov region with the support of the Federal Road Agency and concerned citizens, restarted work on completing the memorial in collaboration with the son of  architect Alexander Manachinskogo, Vladislav Manachinskogo. So the memorial has been recreated with the help of a group of restorers led by Vladislav Manachinskogo. Donations to a fund to erect the monument was carried out by the Pskov regional Council of Veterans of War, as well as local workers and law enforcement, along with some 150 businesses and individuals. As or this writing, finishing work contiunes for the scheduled unveiling. All excavation work, the contours of the lake, the granite work, and the landscaping are nearing completion now.

The Nazis established dozens of these Dulag ( Durchgangslager) or tansient camps across Europe and into Russia, in order to process prisoners of war. Accounts from these camps reveal the utter inhumanity of war, pose an ominous warning for people today. Witnesses from the Smolensk Dulag 126 told post war investigators of medieval condistions where typhus and dysentary ravaged prisoners. There were no medicines and the sick or wounded were often shot. Accounts of the blood being drained from the dead to give transfusions to German wounded were widespread. At the infamous Dulag-205, where the Germans interned Soviet prisoners of Stalingrad, starvation ravaged the prisoners to the point they turned to canibalism. 

Reading the accounts of these atrocities, one can more easily understand the patriotism that still exists in Russia over the Great Patriotic War.

 

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