- Our major objective is to complete the records of all known individuals who lost their lives as a result of communist repressions and record the names and biographies of labor camp and other repression survivors.
This will allow us to establish a relatively accurate historical estimate of the number of the victims of the regime (the preliminary accounts are imprecise and vary from 100,000 to 225,000, not including the members of the Turkish minority who were repressed during the 1980s; with them, the number will increase to ca. 500,000) as well as to attach authentic documents to each name, where available. These documents represent official records, e.g., death sentences and certificates, imprisonment and deportation orders, memoirs, letters, diaries, photographs, testimonials from family members and eye-witnesses, and other material.
We are researching documentary information in publications such as the Dr. Kyril Drenikoff Collection at the Stanford Library, the Bulgarian State Gazette, multiple printed volumes on the subject (published by The Institute for the Study of the Recent Past, Vasil Stanilov’s Publishing House, The Institute for the Study of Bulgarian Immigration, independent monographs, etc.); public archives in various Bulgarian municipalities; inventories; and other sources in Bulgarian libraries and government institutions as well as private document collections, eye-witness accounts, and the archive of the Istina (Truth) Union.”