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Book Review:The Shoah in Ukraine: History, Testimony, Memorialization

PoW ROA SS Ukraine Waffen-SS 29 Min Read

Ray Brandon, Wendy Lower, eds. The Shoah in Ukraine: History, Testimony, Memorialization. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2008. ix + 378 pp. $35.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-253-35084-8. Reviewed by Jeff Rutherford (Department of History, Wheeling Jesuit University)Published on H-German (April, 2009)Commissioned by Susan R. Boettcher Perpetrators, Victims, and Memory: The Holocaust in Ukraine, 1941-2008 By mid-1941, the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic had…

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“Das Reich”

The SS-Verfügungstruppe, combat support force, or SS-VT was created in 1934 from the merger of various Nazi and right-wing paramilitary formations. Two regiments were formed, in northern Germany the SS-Standarte “Germania”, and in southern Germany SS-Standarte “Deutschland”. In Berlin-Brandenburg they were incorporated into the SS-Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler. SS-Verfügungstruppe was considered…

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The so-called “Battle of Berlin” was the last major land battle in the European theater during World War II. It was also more of a campaign to occupy central and eastern Germany than a fight over or inside the poorly defended, sprawling, smoldering wreck of the German metropolis. On one…

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The SS and the Secret Weapons

Himmler visits the Peenemünde rocket research site, June 1943. Behind him is SS-Sturmbannfuhrer (SS-Major) Wernher von Braun in his SS uniform. In summer 1943 it looked as if the SS would succeed after all in moving beyond the hiring-out of prisoners and a modest amount of production to becoming involved…

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12th SS Panzer Division in the Ardennes

    SS Colonel Hugo Kraas was born in Witten/the Ruhr in 1911, the eldest of seven sons. He studied to be a teacher but had to drop out and go to work when his father died. He joined the Brownshirts in 1934 and transferred to the army in 1935.…

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Neu Das Heer I

Albert Schnez as Bundeswher General. Schnez played a central part in the plan to create a secret army. Schnez was born in 1911 and served as a colonel in World War II before ascending the ranks in the Bundeswehr, which was founded in 1955. For nearly six decades, the 321-page…

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Neu Das Heer II

Reinhard Gehlen Contemporaries described Schnez as an energetic organizer, but also self-confident and aloof. He maintained contacts with the League of German Youth and its specialized organization, the Technischer Dienst (Technical Service), which were preparing themselves for a partisan war against the Soviets. The two groups, secretly funded by the…

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