CSO of the Week: Reliable History (Pskov)

Week-ending 3 April 2020

Built On Bones: Russian Historians Fight To Prevent Defense Ministry From Building Over Site Of Nazi POW Camp

PSKOV, Russia — The general public in this northwestern Russian city about 750 kilometers from Moscow first found out that something was strange about a construction site in the neighborhood of Zavelichye back in 2006 — when kids went out to play and brought back human bones. During World War II, a horrific Nazi prisoner-of-war camp, or stalag, was located there. 

“City residents learned about the mass burials on the grounds of the former stalag when children playing at the construction site started bringing home the skulls and bones of prisoners of war that they found in the foundation pits,” Lev Alekseyev, head of a local NGO called Reliable History, wrote in a March 5 application to city authorities requesting that the area be granted state protection as a unique historical site. RFE/RL, 29 March 2020

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