Soviet Russians between Hitler and Stalin

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I’m unusually happy to announce that my first book just came out. It’s published by Cambridge University Press and entitled Soviet Russians under Nazi Occupation: Fragile Loyalties in World War II. We academics don’t get to see tangible fruits of our work that often. Having spent years collecting, systematizing, reading, and making sense of a pretty huge amount of archival material, oral testimonies, memoirs, and diaries, and then distilling everything into a coherent narrative, it feels great to behold the final product in its physical format.

For the time being, the book is only available in a very expensive hardback version (and a less expensive eBook version). If someone wants to read it but can’t afford the price, a paperback version will be out in a year or so.

In the meantime, or for the short version, you can head over to War on the Rocks and read my piece Fragile Loyalties: Soviet Russians between Hitler and Stalin.

5 thoughts on “Soviet Russians between Hitler and Stalin

  1. Mr. Enstad. A few questions:

    1) What Russian sources did you use?

    2) Did you have access to Russian archival data?

    3) Have you researched the history of the fascist/nationalist underground in the USSR in the pre-War period of 1920s-30s?

    4) Did you collate the statistical data, such as: a) What overall % of population actively supported/collaborated with the occupational forces? b) What overall % of population sided with the partisans? c) Which % of the population accompanied retreting Wermacht forces? d) How these facets of data for the the N-E part of the RSFSR compare with other parts of the USSR?

    5) According to your profiles on various sites, you are from Oslo’s Uni “Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages”, while your “current postdoctoral project focuses on the history of right-wing militancy in post-Soviet Russia”. What’s your graduation diploma says regarding the sphere of your expertise?

    6) Also from the personal data that you freely provide: Researcher, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI), 2013-15. Care to comment on that?

    • 1, 2) Sources are referenced in my book, they are from several archives in Russia, Germany, and the US, as well as other materials such as oral testimonies, diaries, memoirs. 3) I haven’t researched this topic, no. 4) According to my estimate, by mid-1943 about 15 percent of the male working population served in local self-government apparatus or as police/anti-partisan auxiliaries. At the same time, an estimated 1.5% had joined partisan groups. Yet many more sympathized. And of course, a lot of people simply sided with whomever controlled the area. That often meant “siding” with Germans by day and partisans by night. I think 50-60% accompanied (or were forced along with) the retreating Wehrmacht. I haven’t made systematic comparisons with other occupied territories. 5, 6) Not sure I understand your question here.

  2. Mr. Enstad. How come two of my comments (yesterday’s and today’s) changed their designation from the normal, seen to everyon, into “your comment is awaiting moderation”? I take it, that you are your own “moderation”. Why the change?

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