From The Art Newspaper:
Russia’s Gulag History State Museum has opened an archival centre to help descendants discover the fate of their family members among the millions of prisoners and victims of Joseph Stalin’s vast network of forced labour camps.
The Topography of Terror Documentation Centre in Berlin and Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem—which both serve as memorial museums and data repositories—were inspirations for the Moscow centre, says Roman Romanov, who has directed the state-backed Gulag museum since 2012.
“If this is a successful experiment, and certain agreements with archives are reached, we will scale up [to] other museums,” Romanov says. He pays tribute to Russia’s existing Association of Memorial Museums and to specialist researchers who already work with members of the public. “But the idea is that this searching—and assistance for people in their search—should become the norm for practically every local history museum.”