Re: Post-WWII Records for Ufa #russia #records


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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.

Rita,
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.

Mike Vayser

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