Wednesday, February 15, 2012

More on GKO Order 1281ss

GKO Order 1281ss ordered the forced mobilization of Russian-Germans living in the eastern regions of the USSR before 1941 into the labor army. Yesterday I posted a translation of the decree itself. Here are some links to earlier posts on the subject. The first post is a brief history of the implementation of this decree. By April 1942 the Soviet government had inducted 40,864 additional Russian-German men into the labor army with this decree. Next is a post on the mobilization of ethnic Germans in Kyrgyzstan under this and later decrees for work in the labor army. Among those mobilized were a large number of Mennonites, particularly from the Talas region.

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