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Recruiting <i>Volksdeutsche</i> for the Waffen-SS: From Skimming the Cream to Scraping the Dregs

Valdis O. Lumans

in Scraping the Barrel

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780823239771
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823239818 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823239771.003.0010
Recruiting Volksdeutsche for the Waffen-SS: From Skimming the Cream to Scraping the Dregs

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The Waffen-SS started with a commitment to elite personnel, of high physical standards, ideologically committed, and racially ‘pure’. The same standards were applied to Germans from the Reich and abroad. However, as the war continued manpower standards declined. German communities in neighbouring countries were deemed to have volunteered, with penalties on the community if men tried to avoid service. Some penalties were similar to those applied against partisans, Germans were being brutalized as much as racial inferiors.

Keywords: World War II; Waffen-SS; Himmler, Heinrich; Hitler, Adolf; Balkans; Germany

Chapter.  10899 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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