Why did so many Ukrainians support the Nazis during World War 2? Ukrainians made up most of the guards at the Nazi concentration camps?
I think the Ukrainians were probably the biggest allies of the Germans Nazis during the 2nd World War. No other nation seemed to help them as much.
Why did so many Ukrainians help out the Nazis?
The Poles, Czechs, Dutch, Greeks etc for example all for the most part hated the Nazis and never welcomed them. While the Ukrainians seemed to welcome the Nazis.
- Anonymous11 months ago
The Holodomor look it up.
- EnguerarrardLv 711 months ago
If you recall, the Ukrainians resisted Stalin's policy of collectivizing agriculture. This infuriated Stalin, who sealed off the borders, and seized every harvest farmers produced. The police or soldiers killed everyone who resisted. This massive theft went on for three years, at which point some 5-7 million people had been deliberately killed by starvation. I think that's pretty good motivation for hating the Communists.
- SharonLv 611 months ago
as an alternative to the communist Russians who had been running Ukraine
- Gray BoldLv 711 months ago
Ostarbeiter was a Nazi German designation for foreign slave workers gathered from occupied Central and Eastern Europe to perform forced labor in Germany during World War II. The Germans started deporting civilians at the beginning of the war and began doing so at unprecedented levels following Operation Barbarossa in 1941. According to Pavel Polian, over 50% of Ostarbeiters were formerly Soviet subjects originating from the territory of modern-day Ukraine. With the news about the terrible conditions many Ostarbeiter faced in the Third Reich the pool of volunteers soon dried up. As a result, the Germans were forced to resort to mass round-ups, often using the ploy of targeting large gatherings such as church congregations and crowds at sporting events, with entire groups simply marched off at gunpoint to waiting cattle trucks and deported to Germany.Source(s): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ostarbeiter
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- Louie OLv 711 months ago
They weren't so much pro-Nazi as they were anti-Stalin. Stalin intentionally starved millions of Ukrainians to death in the early 1930s at a time when Ukraine was called the breadbasket of Europe due to all the wheat grown there and shipped to Europe. Stalin was punishing the people of Ukraine for opposing his policy of collectivization and for wanting to become independent from the Soviet Union.
And the guards at concentration camps, except for the ones that were Nazis soldiers, were also prisoners there that received extra rations/benefits for helping control the other prisoners. Many of them were killed by the prisoners when the camps were liberated.
- Anonymous11 months ago
the ukranians tended to be anti-stalin ... geopolitically it's fringe (still is today).
- UserLv 711 months ago
#1 - Hoping for better conditions under Nazi rule than they had been suffering under Commie rule (and: with reason, Germany being regarded as a nation with a comparatively high standard of living)
#2 - Possibly: a culture of anti-Semitism, so - culturally - agreeing with the Nazi anti-Semitic stance
- geraldLv 711 months ago
And many died on the Russian front there were Poles and French and many Europeans collaborating and dreadful retribution just after the war many were executed legally and Illegally by the people they were bad days but they are gone and we forget