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The Waffen-SS: A European History

Jochen Böhler and Robert Gerwarth


This is the first systematic pan-European study on the hundreds of thousands of non-German citizens who fought—either voluntarily or under different kinds of pressures—for the Waffen-SS (or auxiliary police formations operating in the occupied east). Building on the findings of regional studies by other scholars—many of them included in this volume—the book aims to arrive at a fuller picture of those non-German citizens (from eastern as well as western Europe) who served under the SS flag. Where did the non-Germans in the SS come from (socially, geographically, culturally)? What motivated them ... More

Keywords: Holocaust, war crimes, World War II, Waffen-SS, collaboration, Third Reich

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198790556
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198790556.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jochen Böhler, editor
Research Associate, Imre Kertész Kolleg, Jena

Robert Gerwarth, editor
Director, UCD Centre for War Studies

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1 Non-Germans in the Waffen-SS

Jochen Böhler and Robert Gerwarth

3 Germanic volunteers from northern Europe

Claus Bundgård Christensen, Niels Bo Poulsen, and Peter Scharff Smith

4 Western and southern Europe

Georgios Antoniou, Philippe Carrard, Stratos Dordanas, Carlo Gentile, Christopher Hale, and Xosé M. Núñez Seixas

5 The Baltic States

Matthew Kott, Arūnas Bubnys, and Ülle Kraft

6 Eastern Europe

Jacek Andrzej Młynarczyk, Leonid Rein, Andrii Bolianovskyi, and Oleg Romanko

7 The Volksdeutsche

Thomas Casagrande, Michal Schvarc, Norbert Spannenberger, and Ottmar Traşcă

8 Muslim SS units in the Balkans and the Soviet Union

Xavier Bougarel, Alexander Korb, Stefan Petke, and Franziska Zaugg

9 Prosecution and trajectories after 1945

Gerald Steinacher, Immo Rebitschek, Mats Deland, Sabina Ferhadbegović, and Frank Seberechts

10 Waffen-SS veterans and their sites of memory today

Madeleine Hurd and Steffen Werther

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