Thursday, September 19, 2013

Sep

19

1943

Discovering the end of German occupation in the East

An elderly resident of a village burned down by Germans sitting by the ruins of his house. Ukraine, Region Tschernigow

Germans who had been withdrawn to the rear villages were searching for food from morning till night. They ate, drank alcohol and played cards. According to what prisoners said and [what was written in] letters found on dead German soldiers, the Germans considered themselves the representatives of a higher race forced to live in savage villages. They thought that in the wild eastern steppes one could throw culture aside.