Monday, August 27, 2012
Open Thread on the Deportation of the Volga Germans 71 Years Ago
Seventy one years ago on 26 August 1941 the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and the Council of Peoples' Commissariats of the USSR ordered the deportation of the Volga Germans from their homeland to special settlement restrictions in Siberia and Kazakhstan. Two days later the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet issued Ukaz 21-160 accusing the Volga Germans of harboring "tens of thousands of saboteurs" loyal to Nazi Germany and again ordered their deportation. From 3 to 20 September 1941 the NKVD deported over 400,000 Volga Germans from the Volga German ASSR, Saratov Oblast, and Stalingrad Oblast to desolate eastern regions of the USSR. I have written about this massive crime extensively on this blog in the past, especially on the 70th and 65th anniversaries. I don't have much more to say about it right now. But, consider this an open thread on the deportations and how they are remembered.