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Deportation Records


IPN Index of the Repressed (Indeks Represjonowanych)

This invaluable database has details of many of the deported in the 1940s to Russia / Siberia.

Note that you need to include Polish characters when searching – i.e. ą, ę, ł, ń, ó, ś, ż, ź.

Once you’ve identified a location of deportation, you can enter the place of deportation in the search to obtain a list of all the deported to that location. This can be very helpful when searching 'memoires' of the deported.

The database is available here.


Some users may find it easier to use the Steve Morse interface in this database. The fields are marked in English and it can also be used to download information in bulk. eg names of all deportees in a special settlement.

If you speak Russian you may be able to find additional information on the Russian Memorial database and here.


​Hoover Archive - deportee reports

Following their release and evacuation to the Middle East, deportees were encouraged to document their experiences. Thousands of these fascinating reports are stored at the Hoover Archives at Stanford University and are available digitised in the Polish National archives.

The following 2 indexes (compiled by Mark Ostrowski) can be used to find specific reports:

  • Hoover Children essays - this index lists all 1,746 school children who wrote an essay describing their deportation, together with a link to the relevant section of the archive. Collected by the Ministry of Information and Documentation.

  • Hoover Archive Index - this is a list with links to all sections of the archive. It is very useful to help to navigate the archive.

  • Hoover Adult Index - this index lists 10,620 adults whose reports are stored in ​the "Ministerstwo Informacji i Dokumentacji" collection in the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

These files have to be downloaded first.

A video with instructions on how to use these archives is available here.

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Note: the Polish National archives are in the process of changing their web address, so the links in the above documents will change.

Examples of Hoover reports


Deportation Trains

The Russian Memorial group has located lists of deportation trains showing departure, destination, and numbers of deportees. You can download the lists here.


A map of Polish railway lines and stations, and a map of Soviet wartime railway lines are available on our Maps page.

A full list of detailed soviet railway maps from 1943 is available here.


​Read more about Russian railway wagons


Other deportation lists
There are many useful archival lists and research links on polishexilesofww2.org


Polska Walcząca (Poland at War newspaper)

  • Addresses of Polish military families in the Soviet Union (Adresy Rodzin Wojskowych w ZSSR)
    Published in 1943. The list is available here
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    The file is very large, so will take some time to download, but can be searched once downloaded.
    ​The above list was copied from the archives of the Polish Library, POSK, Hammersmith, London, UK

Names of Military families, deported to the USSR (Spis rodzin wojskowych, wywiezionych do ZSSR)
This list, published by the Polish Ministry of Defence in 1944, is arranged alphabetically in four sections, with a fifth final section with corrections. Note also that at the end of each section, there are corrections for that section.
This list is available from The Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum here. Once downloaded, it’s possible to search the list.

Romer list - "Polish deportees in the USSR"
List of deported compiled in 1941 by Tadeusz Romer, the Polish ambassador to Japan. Available here.


Poles Repressed in Uzbekistan (540 names) :  https://www.polishexilesofww2.org/archival-lists-ussr-to-persia 

Records of  Jewish refugees  from the Central State Archives of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Tashkent. 

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