In 1944 the Red Army pushed German troops out of Western Ukraine. Still, it didn’t mean that peaceful life started. Fighting anti-Soviet resistance continued here for another decade. Recurrent Sovietization methods only aggravated it. Around one-third of internal Soviet troops were deployed in Western Ukraine. Not only those who resisted the regime, bearing arms or not, fell victim to mass violence, but their families as well.
Proportions of Soviet post-war violence are reflected in tens of thousands of investigative files kept in archives. Seeing through ‘official Soviet phrasing’ to trace human tragedies of the times of mass violence is a difficult task. In order to embrace them, one needs to hear individual voices breaking through a bureaucratic labyrinth.
This room reproduces the look of the archives of the Soviet secret services.
BARRACK 1 (MAIN EXHIBITION)
BARRACK 2 (TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS)