Foreign forced labor in the Soviet Union


Foreign forced labor in the Soviet Union

Foreign forced labor in the Soviet Union was an important part of the Soviet economy during and in the aftermath of the World War II, which continued up to 1950s.

There have been two categories of foreigners amassed for forced labor: prisoners of war and civilians. Both of them were handled by GUPVI, a special department of NKVD, ananlogous to GULAG, which was established in September 1939, after the start of the Soviet invasion of Poland. It was noted [http://www.auditorium.ru/books/407/ POW in the USSR 1939-1956:Documents and Materials] Moscow "Logos Publishers (2000)" (Военнопленные в СССР. 1939-1956: Документы и материалы. Науч.-исслед. ин-т проблем экон. истории ХХ века и др.; Под ред. М.М. Загорулько. - М.: Логос, 2000. - 1118 с.: ил.)] that Polish military could not have been formally classified as POW, since there was no war announced by either side, and with some exceptions Polish forces did not resist to Soviet invasion, hence the title of the department.

ee also

*Forced labor of Germans in the Soviet Union
*Forced labor of Hungarians in the Soviet Union
*Japanese prisoners of war in the Soviet Union

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