Luxemburgische Zeitgeschichte

Die Zwangsrekrutierten in der sowjetischen Gefangenschaft

The article describes the difficulties of returning from Soviet captivity of the Luxembourgers who were drafted into the German Wehrmacht. On concrete examples, it is shown what was the path even of those young people into the German army who actively resisted the invaders and participated in the General Strike of 1942. The article also provides an overview of the possibilities in Soviet captivity for building survival mechanisms (learning the language, participating in the theater, writing poetry, songs and creating paintings). Based on ego documents, as well as on diplomatic correspondence between the Grand Duchy and the USSR, it is explained why the Luxembourgers were able to return to their homeland only in the fall of 1945, despite the fact that Luxembourg was already free from the fall of 1944.

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