Fahnenfluchten: Deserteure der Wehrmacht im Zweiten Weltkrieg: Lebenswege und Entscheidungen

TitleFahnenfluchten: Deserteure der Wehrmacht im Zweiten Weltkrieg: Lebenswege und Entscheidungen
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsKoch, Magnus
Number of Pages426

German soldiers who left their units during the Second World War were regarded as traitors to the Nazi national community. More than 15,000 of them were executed by the Wehrmacht justice system from 1939 to 1945. Some hundred deserters managed to escape to Switzerland. In six case studies, the author traces the lives and decisions of these deserters for the first time. Unique sources reveal new questions to the history of denial about the war of extermination—so about the connection between masculinity and combat readiness. In the mirror of interrogation protocols, self-evidence, and novel manuscripts, ideas of deserters as (regime-critical) war opponents prove to be clichés. Through the juxtaposition of contemporary and contemporary texts, the study can also show changes of biographical self-views for the first time. These refer to the changed conditions of remembrance in post-war Germany. By looking at the outsiders, the book shows what the military power held —and how deserters used the stigma of flagging before and after 1945.

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