Remembering Prisoners of War as Victims of National Socialist Persecution and Murder in Post-War Germany
By the end of the Second World War, the victorious troops of the anti-Hitler coalition had liberated concentration camps in Poland and Germany which are now known worldwide as the sites of unprecedented atrocities. In addition, troops liberated more than one hundred prisoner of war camps — so-called Stalags and Oflags — including thousands of work detachments (Arbeitskommandos) all over Germany and the former occupied territories.1 In doing so, the Allied soldiers witnessed the treatment and living conditions of the prisoners of war from various enemy countries and discovered that these situations varied greatly.
KeywordsMass Grave German Democratic Republic Victim Group Italian POWs Memorial Site
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