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Stalin's DefectorsHow Red Army Soldiers became Hitler's Collaborators, 1941-1945$
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Mark Edele

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198798156

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198798156.001.0001

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(p.37) 3 Obstacles
Stalin's Defectors

Mark Edele

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the obstacles which were put in the way of those who wanted to cross the front line from the Red Army to the Wehrmacht. These obstacles were higher here than at other fronts. In addition to the normal military obstacles to crossing the line, and the widespread moral imperatives against betraying the fatherland, came threats to the lives of would-be-defectors and their families from the side of the Soviets, and often criminal behavior towards defectors and prisoners in general by the Germans. The high barriers against defection make the large numbers discussed in Chapter 2 even more striking.

Keywords:   propaganda, terror, war crimes, everyday life, military history from below, obstacles to defection, prisoners of war, treason

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