TWO SIDES OF THE BATTLE LINE Photo exhibition on Austro-Hungarian and Russian Prisoners of WWI

Open to the Public
Nador u. 9, Monument Building
Exhibition Hall
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 1:00pm
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm


Photo exhibition on  Austro-Hungarian and Russian Prisoners of WWI  

Opening event: 25 of March 2015, 13:00 p.m.

Exhibition hall

 The WWI was the first war with huge numbers of POWs.  About 2.2 mln. POWs were located in 50 camps in Austria-Hungary and about 2,9 mln. POWs were kept in 410 camps of Russian Empire. The majority of POWs in Austria-Hungary came from Russia and, in Russia, the majority was from the Habsburg monarchy. In Austria-Hungary the main problems of POWs were food shortages and different kind of diseases. In Russian Empire POWs mainly suffered because of the severe climate conditions and infections, in spite on the relatively good food supply. The situation for POWs was particularly bad in Turkestan (modern Kazakhstan and Central Asia) and Siberia regions of Russia. An estimated 400 000 POWs in Russian camps died.  POWs of both Empires were ethnically diverse and the attitude towards them, their life in camp and forced labor conditions were related in great extent to their ethnicity. This exhibition commemorates WWI and depicts the evetyday life of prisoners of WWI on both sides. It based on photos and documents from the archives of Hungary, Austria, Russia and other international sources.

The exhibition was organized by  Alexei Miller (Department of History, CEU),   Irina  Molodikova and Ruben Mnatsakanian (Department of Environment Science and Policy, CEU). Editor and disegner: Lilla Foldy-Molnar (Center for Arts and Culture, CEU)

 The photo materials were acquired with the assistance of Russian Society  of Military History (Dr. G. Shkundin), Yarislavl’ regional museum (Dr. M.Kerbikov), Irkutsk regional museum (Dr.A.V.Anyfriev), Institute of World History of Russian Academy of Science (T. V. Kotyukova), History department of North Caucasus State University (I.V. Kruchkov), Janus Pannonius Muzeum (István Burján), the Hungarian Archival Office, Moscow Research in the Russian Archives (Attila Seres), Journal “Slavyanovedenie” (A.S. Stykalin), Center ‘Bridge’