Abstract

SUMMARY:

The article seeks to explore the phenomenon of collaboration with the nazis by representatives of Muslim Turkic peoples of the Soviet Union during the World War II. The topic has been almost prohibitive for a very long time and the studies of the subject, if existed at all, tended to stress that collaboration was a “rent-seeking” activity by traitors. The author of the present articles takes a slightly different stance and, while fully acknowledging objectively negative consequences of collaboration and crimes that might have been committed, argues that motives for collaboration have been diverse and have often included dissatisfaction with Soviet policies or national aspirations. Moral judgement, important as it is, can not be sufficient to shed light upon the phenomenon of collaboration.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2164-9731
Print ISSN
2166-4072
Pages
pp. 145-176
Launched on MUSE
2015-10-07
Open Access
No
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