Post-War Narratives of the Waffen SS ‘Galicia’ Division
This book explores why over 8,000 members of the Waffen SS were allowed to move permanently to the West, by analysing the complex series of events and decisions that characterized the journey of the ‘Galicians’ from capitulation to acceptance into civilian life. Drawing on a rich range of different sources, the book examines the variety of often conflicting narratives created by the Division members, their supporters and their opponents, as well as the continuing influence of these narratives today. In doing so, the book sheds light on the complex processes of memory politics.
Acknowledgements vii Acronyms and Abbreviations ix List of Illustrations xi Foreword by David R. Marples xiii Introduction 1 Chapter 1 The Development of Ukrainian Nationalist Militarized Resistance 23 Chapter 2 War Crime Allegations and Investigations 61 Chapter 3 Soviet Repatriation Mission and the UK Screening Commission 91 Chapter 4 Life in the UK and the Migration to Canada 121 Chapter 5 Contemporary Perceptions of Second World War Collaboration in Ukraine 147 vi Conclusions 169 Bibliography 173 Index 193
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