For the soldiers of the Wehrmacht did not like Russian traitors policemen

History 30/12/19 For the soldiers of the Wehrmacht did not like Russian traitors policemen

during the great Patriotic war, the Germans very quickly arose the need to involve local population to maintain the occupation regime. The so-called policemen, recruited from local residents, not only helped the invaders to fight with the guerrillas and the underground, but also performed numerous other tasks the Germans participated in the “final solution of the Jewish question”, kept order and fought against criminal crime, help in solving issues of logistics. The decision on the establishment of police units from collaborators took the Reichsfuhrer-SS Heinrich Himmler on 25 July 1941. Created police forces not only in the occupied cities and villages, but in the pow camps. Many prisoners were agreed to be policemen (especially in the beginning of the war), as this was one of the few ways to saving lives. Other cooperated, confident in the imminent victory of the Germans, and therefore of the need to adapt to the new government.

Despite the fact that policemen were needed and even indispensable to the Germans, they treated the collaborators at best condescending, and generally with contempt. First, traitors are usually not appreciated even by those on whose side they went. Secondly, the social composition of the police forces was such that he could not cause anything but disgust. Historians Zhukov and I. Kovtun in the book “Policemen: history, destiny and crime,” evidence of contemporaries that policemen often became “renegades […] from among the profligate criminals” and all “rogues”, “who who still serve, just to be able to Rob and booze”. Different kinds of criminals and scum, though well-sometimes carrying out their treacherous function, terrorizing the countrymen, not very much liked by the GermanKim soldiers and officers. They were treated with distrust and suspicion. Gradually, the Germans tried to recruit more men, as called for by the German commandant of Cadaver in 1943, with “a strong character, and where you can have hope and trust”, preferably former members of the Komsomol, Communists or criminals.

However, individuals with questionable moral character among the policemen still had plenty and, besides benefits, they gave the Germans a lot of damage and extremely annoyed the representatives of the “master race”, as their attitude towards the population police were still more embittered the people against the Germans. In response, the Germans in some cases brutally and without hesitation punish the policemen. Paradox: German soldiers found themselves during such events almost intercessors simple Russian. Russian emigre I. Belousov, Germans came to Russia, recalled in a 1981 episode: “Once a group of young policemen, under the pretext of looking for guerrillas went to the villages of the district, located in the forest. Between the case decided to visit a neighboring village, Tetkinskiy district. Feeling unlimited power, staged a robbery and “trophies” drunk, was about to leave. Accidentally or not accidentally, but there was the Gestapo. Has stolen away, and all the youths were shot. Bloody frozen corpses in the wood-sledge was taken to Putivl to transfer of their parents.”

the Germans did not like the policemen for their tendency to drunkenness and lack of discipline. Another typical case recalled N. N. Chalykh, a resident of Rylsk (Kursk oblast): “there was a case where the police Gorbunova, who lived on the street Promenade, a son. He of joy, in a drunken state, opened a fire, which stirred up the Germans, who arrived at the scene, was arrested by police, beaten and put in jail, but three days later he was released. For him, on his knees, begging his son, Sasha, also a policeman”. The invaders did not spare the policemen and when they thought that those show cowardice. In January 1942, three policemen were shot in the city of Velikie Luki for the fact that they are, in the opinion of Germans, not too actively participated in combat against the guerrillas. The attitude of policemen and their owners were such that only a few of the police officers retreated from the USSR with the German army. By the way, not only policemen, but also other collaborators after the war, harshly criticized the Germans for their attitude to those who agreed to cooperate with Germany. German distrust and contempt for the Russian, according to many Vlasov, led to the defeat of the Wehrmacht, unable to defeat the Red army without winning the support of the masses. But check their ideas and failed — until the end of the war, the Germans despised the Russians who betrayed his people.

Konstantin Dmitriev

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