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‘Undetermined’ Ukrainians

Post-War Narratives of the Waffen SS ‘Galicia’ Division

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Olesya Khromeychuk

Memories of the Second World War play an important role in contemporary politics and society across Eastern Europe. One of the most controversial yet least studied pages of Ukraine’s wartime history is that of the Waffen SS ‘Galicia’ Division, whose members are usually portrayed either as war criminals or as freedom fighters. The history of this unit is not limited to the Ukrainian context; it also has relevance throughout Eastern Europe, as well as in Britain, Canada and the USA. In the aftermath of the war, the ‘Galicia’ Division surrendered to British and American troops, but was not repatriated to the USSR, despite Soviet demands. Instead, its members were brought to the UK and eventually allowed to settle in the West, and this unexpected turn of events continues to cause much controversy.
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.

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1st Ukrainian Division of the Ukrain- ian National Army (1st UD UNA) 9, 19, 60, 75, 89, 108, 114, 152, 153 2nd Division of the Ukrainian National Army (the anti-tank brigade ‘Free Ukraine’ (Vil’na Ukraїna) 9, 132–3 Abwehr 23, 28, 29, 40, 44, 45, 46 Allied Forces Headquarters (AFHQ) 95 All-Party Parliamentary War Crimes Group 78, 79 Anders, Władysław 96, 97, 148 Andriievs’kyi, Dmytro 28 Anti-Fascist Committee of Ukraine 152, 160 anti-Semitism 32–4, 58, 169, 172 Argentina 139 Armia Krajowa 84, 155 Association of Ukrainians in Great Brit- ain (AUGB) 80, 126 Attlee, Clement 119 Austria 9, 10, 29, 45, 95, 105, 125, 126, 131, 141 Austro-Hungarian Army 24, 28, 32, 36, 56 Austro-Hungarian Empire 43 Autocephalous Orthodox Church 58, 124 ‘Autonomous Resistance’ 153 Association of United Ukrainians (AUU) 140 Bahnschutz 46 Bandera, Stepan xiv, xv–xvii, 30, 45, 46, 47, 48–9, 57, 124, 157 Hero of Ukraine xv–xvi, 152, 166 Baranovs’kyi, Iaroslav 28 Bellaria 9, 80, 97–8, 102 Bereza Kartuska 39 Berger, Gottlob 51 Bisanz, Alfred 53 Board of Deputies of British Jews 78 Bolshevism 33, 59, 61, 99, 100, 110, 119 Brandenburg-800 47 Brody, Battle of xiii, 4, 56, 74, 81, 88, 132, 137, 148, 153 Bronfman, Samuel 143 Brotherhood of Former Soldiers of the 1st Ukrainian Division of the Ukrain- ian National Army (Bratstvo kolyshnikh voiakiv Pershoї ukrainskoї dyviziї Ukrainskoї natsionalnoї armiї) 68, 79 Buchko, Ivan 45, 94, 104, 105 Bul’ba-Borovets’, Taras 23, 38, 39, 40, 48, 49 Canada...

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