When the Whole of Europe Was on the Side of the Nazis Against the USSR…

A few words about Hitler’s European Union

On the eve of the 75th anniversary of the victory of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War, articles dedicated to this war appear not only in Russia. The Spanish version of “ABC” posted the other day a report entitled “Terrible path and death on ice: the march of the Blue Division to Russian hell”, glorifying the participation of the Spanish in Hitler’s aggression against the USSR.

“ABC” talks about how Spanish Minister Ramón Serrano Suner, announcing in Madrid in front of a crowd the formation of the Blue Division and the recruitment of volunteers for it, proclaimed: “The history and future of Europe demand the destruction of Russia!”,“There were countless volunteers,” writes ABC…

In Spain today they call the soldiers of the “Blue Division“, who participated together with the Nazis in the blockade of Leningrad, “heroes”. With delight, the Spanish newspaper talks about how “in Krasnyy Bor, a suburb of Leningrad, 5,900 lightly armed soldiers of the ‘Blue Division’ for several hours resisted the ‘most powerful onslaught’ of 38 battalions of the Red Army, supported by tanks and artillery”.

The Spanish reader will not be told that in Russia their compatriots robbed and brutalised prisoners of war and the local population. During the liberation of the village of Dubrovka in the Novgorod region, the Red Army soldiers found the maimed corpses of our soldiers who had been tortured by the soldiers of the “Blue Division”: “Both corpses were scalped <… > the facial bones of one of the corpses was fractured, the nails on the fingers were torn, the hands were buried and had traces of burns. Each corpse had one eye plucked out and the ears cut off. All these atrocities were committed by the thugs of the Spanish Blue Division,” wrote a journalist from the “Izvestia” newspaper in correspondence from the frontline.

Reports from the Emergency State Commission (ESC), which started investigating war crimes even before the war had ended, confirm that the trade of Spanish volunteers on the Eastern Front was also theft. The Spanish stole from both the Russians and the Germans. When 40-degree frosts hit in the winter of 1942, the heat-loving Spanish ruthlessly undressed the locals; disobedience and refusal to give warm clothes and felt boots was followed by shooting. Ivan Alekseyevich Mitrofanov from the village of Kolodets testified to the ESC: “In the same winter of 1942, the Spanish stripped the felt boots off the feet of the walking Grishin Mikhail Alekseyevich in a field on the road, and being barefoot, beaten, he barely ran into the village. A lot of felt boots were taken away from disabled people living in the village’s disabled houses. The Spanish took away all felt boots from the citizen Praskovya Alekseyevna Filippova and beat her very strongly with hand grenades, and I was also threatened with a grenade”.

According to the leading researcher of the Institute of History of the Russian Academy of Sciences Doctor of Historical Sciences Boris Kovalev, near Leningrad the Spanish were characterized by common looting in Pushkin and Pavlovsk… “They took away furniture. They were taking away some tapestries. They could take away some of the stone trinkets they liked… Many locals recalled that the Spanish pulled out everything that was possible to pull out. They were attracted to their icons… Everything that had not been nailed or tied down was taken.” Today, these looters and war criminals are portrayed in Spain as heroes.

Together with Hitler, the whole of Europe went to seek glory in the East. Soldiers from Hungary, Romania, Holland, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Slovakia, and Croatia fought in the ranks of the Wehrmacht – about two million people. “And France?” writes Yu. Leshchenko in the book “How Europe fought against Hitler”. “This country is generally a separate case. An ally, one of the four winning countries. But 20,000 French Resistance fighters died during World War II. And 200,000 French fought against us, on the Soviet-German front. So who was France fighting against?”

In May 1945, the Reichstag was defended by select SS units from the French. And near Stalingrad, Hitler and Mussolini sent a whole Italian army, which was routed there. Hungarian punishers who left a bloody trail in the Belarusian Polesia and Ukraine, did not take partisans and Red Army soldiers prisoner – they were shot on the spot. Dutch from the “Nordland” SS division killed, burned, and raped near Leningrad and Rzhev. Even hardened German thugs were shaking from the atrocities of the Croats who survived near Stalingrad. The Brest fortress was stormed by the Austrians, and on the 22nd and 23rd of June 1941 they destroyed the first Belarusian villages.

Europe helped Hitler not only with “cannon fodder” – the entire European industry worked for the Nazis. “In Poland,” Y. Leshchenko writes, “there were the main metallurgical and machine-building plants, coal mines of Upper Silesia – 294 large, 35,000 medium and small industrial enterprises. In France – the metallurgical and steel industry of Lorraine, all its automobile and aviation industry, reserves of iron ore, copper, aluminium, magnesium, as well as cars, products of precision mechanics, machines, and rolling stock. In Norway – powerful mining, metallurgical and shipbuilding industry, and ferroalloys production enterprises. In Yugoslavia – copper and bauxite deposits. In the Netherlands – in addition to industrial enterprises, gold stock 171.6 tons of gold.”

According to the German Center for Military Economics, as of March 31st 1944 alone, the military expenditures of France, Belgium, and Holland for the Third Reich amounted to 81,035,000,000 Reichsmarks. Almost 13,866,000,000 weapons and pieces of equipment were made available to the Fuhrer from the shops of 857 factories of the formerly annexed Czech Republic and even more of Austria. France and the Czech Republic together provided Germany with about 10,000 tanks and self-propelled guns. This is almost double what the official allies of the Reich Italy and Hungary gave Hitler. In the city on Neva, it is still remembered that the Germans fired heavy French guns at Leningrad.

As the European Union continues to squeeze Russia with economic sanctions, almost all of Europe was involved in the aggression against the USSR. It was Hitler’s European Union. Therefore, today in Prague a monument to its liberator Marshal of the Soviet Union I.S. Konev is demolished…

Vladimir Malyshev

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