Islamic soldiers serving in the Waffen-SS

Auteur: Perry Pierik

ISBN: 9789464629699
Soort boek: Paperback / softback
Aantal pagina's: 199
Publicatie datum: 21-04-2023
Prijs: € 21.95

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Islamic soldiers serving in the Waffen-SS

At the end of 1941, after the invasion of the Soviet Union, an idea of collaboration with the Islamic peoples of the Soviet Union arose among the Germans. Although Hitler and high command were sceptic about a partnership with ‘Soviet citizens’ in order to defeat Moscow, eveyone did agree that the Islamic peoples of the Caucasus and the Krim were reasonably trustworthy allies. Especially the Turkmen were considered reliable. This led to a large-scale military and political collaboration. The SS joined as well and established the ‘Neu Turkestan’ division, with help from the Grossmufti from Jeruzalem. This partnership came too late and suffered from the unbridgeable differences between the diverse ideologies. The experiment could not end in anything but dra-ma. Furthermore, the collaboration at the Balkan, where Islamic volunteers served in the ranks of the Waffen-SS, is also touched upon.

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