In the Age of Genocide

Race and Nation under Nazi and Soviet Power
  • Eric D. Weitz


In the late 1950s, a survivor recounted his experience of deportation during World War II:

At 2:00 AM in the morning… homes were suddenly broken into by… troops armed with automatics. They dragged sleeping women, children, and old people from their beds and, shoving automatics in their ribs, ordered them to be out of their homes within ten minutes … [T]rucks picked them up and drove them to railroad stations. They were loaded into cattle cars …

The agents and armed troops swept through these homes, taking these people’s valuables … all the while calling [them] ‘swine’… [and] ‘scum.’

These people left their homes naked and hungry and traveled that way for a month; in the locked, stifling freight cars, people began to die from hunger and illness. The… troops would seize the corpses and throw them out of the freight car windows.


Affirmative Action Soviet Regime Mass Killing Nationality Policy Racial Politics 
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