The Soviet Betrayal of the Minsk Underground

Barbara Epstein

in The Minsk Ghetto 1941-1943

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780520242425
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931336 | DOI:
The Soviet Betrayal of the Minsk Underground

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This chapter discusses the Soviet betrayal of the Minsk underground. In late June and early July the Red Army swept through Byelorussia and on July 3, 1944, Minsk was liberated. Partisan units converged on Minsk and a partisan victory party was held. Some partisans were mobilized into the Red Army, but many returned to the lives they led before the war. The Soviet authorities returned to power. After the war, the partisans struggled, and the Communist underground was celebrated throughout the Soviet Union. On the return of the Soviet authorities to power, many of the members of the Minsk underground were regarded with suspicion. Soon after the liberation of Minsk, Soviet authorities began arresting former members of the underground and charged them with collaboration. Most of the arrests took place between 1944 and 1946, while some had taken place before the war ended. By 1949, at least 126 people who had been members of or who were connected with the Minsk underground had been arrested.

Keywords: Soviet betrayal; Minsk underground; Red Army; Partisan units; Soviet authorities; Communist underground

Chapter.  12899 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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