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.
List of Illustrations
Figure 1 Ukrainian SEP Camp in Rimini (Italy), 29 March 1946. Courtesy of Dave Borshik. 103 Figure 2 The blessing of Easter bread in the Ukrainian SEP Camp in Rimini (Italy), 13 April 1947. Courtesy of Janet Gwynn. 103 Figure 3 On a ship from Italy to the UK, 9 May 1947. Courtesy of Janet Gwynn. 123 Figure 4 ‘8,000 Ukrainians to work in Britain’, Manchester Guardian, 26 May 1947 in (NA) HO/213/1851. 129 Figure 5 ‘Fought For Nazis – Coming Here’, The People, 25 May 1947 in (NA) HO/213/1851. 130
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