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Soviet Russians under Nazi Occupation
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In this compelling account of life and death in a Russian province under Nazi occupation, Johannes Due Enstad challenges received wisdom about Russian patriotism during World War II. With the benefit of hindsight, we know how hopelessly destructive Germany's war against the Soviet Union was. Yet ordinary Russians witnessing the advancing German forces saw things differently. For many of them, having lived through collectivization and Stalinist terror in the 1930s, the invasion created hopes of a better life without the Bolsheviks. German policies on land and church helped sustain those hopes for parts of the population. Drawing on Soviet and German archival sources as well as eyewitness accounts, memoirs, and diaries, Enstad demonstrates the impact of Nazi rule on the mostly peasant population of northwest Russia and offers a reconsideration of the relationship between the Soviet regime and its core Russian population at this crucial moment in their history.


'The narrative of the Great Patriotic War is a part of Russian national identity, but Western studies show that most of the Soviet population welcomed the German invasion as a liberation from Stalinist repression. Focusing on the less-studied northwestern region of the Soviet Union - the area between Leningrad and Moscow - Enstad uses Soviet and German sources to understand how Soviet society experienced the German invasion and occupation. … The Russian population came to see the Nazi occupiers as no better than the Bolsheviks. Enstad's conclusion that decades of Soviet rule had not formed bonds of loyalty between the people and the regime is not surprising, but it is a valuable confirmation that a lack of 'patriotism' was evident among the Russian population as well as among other peoples of the Soviet Union. A valuable resource for those interested in German-occupied Soviet Union. … Recommended.'

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