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Немските военнопленници в Гулаг и значението им за СССР
The German Prisoners of War in Gulag and Their Importance for the USSR

Author(s): Hristina Pavlova
Subject(s): History, Social Sciences, Education, Sociology, Military history, Recent History (1900 till today), Adult Education, State/Government and Education, Social differentiation, Studies in violence and power, Substance abuse and addiction, Nationalism Studies, Victimology, WW II and following years (1940 - 1949), Post-War period (1950 - 1989), History of Communism, Social Norms / Social Control, Inclusive Education / Inclusion, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Национално издателство за образование и наука „Аз-буки“
Keywords: Gulag; Second World War; POWs; Soviet Union; Nazi Germany; survival; repatriation; forced labor; Cold War; Stalin; Khrushchev; Adenauer; FRG

Summary/Abstract: Between 1941 – 1945 around 3,2 million German POWs are confronted with the harsh realities of the Soviet Gulag. From them 1,1 million die of exhaustion, illnesses and hunger. This article will try to follow the journey of the German POWs from the battle field to the labor camps, their way of life during captivity and the challenges surrounding their repatriation. A considerable part of the POWs stay in the Soviet camps up until 1956. Here we will try to answer the question whether their long captivity lies in the Soviet’s demand for cheap labor or in the Soviet’s willingness to use the German POWs as an instrument for applying pressure on the Western powers and the FRG.

  • Issue Year: 26/2018
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 247-260
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Bulgarian