On Thu, Jan 7, 2021 at 05:24 PM, <rivke1@...> wrote:
Generally Jews were not considered to be good soldiers so when they were conscripted they were put into labour battalions rather than fight on the front.
That's an outrageous anti-Semitic statement, if I've ever heard one. This is what I heard while growing up from anti-Semites , despite numerous members of my family dying on the battlefield, leaving their children to grow up without fathers and others returning wounded . It's a shame to see these statements on a Jewish Gen list.
Easy check on Wikipedia, shows that according to the Central archive of the Ministry of Defense of Russia, there were over half a million Jews in the Soviet army, including 167000 officers of all ranks. During the war, 198000 died in battle, from wounds, and illnesses, or were missing in action. That's 39.6%. According to some sources, 120-180000 died on the battle field and about 80000 were murdered in the concentration/extermination camps. Out of the remaining 300000, 180000 were wounded and out of that number 70000 heavily wounded. According to one historian, 27% of Jewish soldiers voluntereed and 80% of privates and junior officers served in the forward-deployed units.