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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Jul 2023 7:43 p.m. PST

…World War II: Repatriation, Memory, Denial

"After the armistice of 8 September, more than 650,000 Italian soldiers, who had refused to fight for the Axis, were disarmed by the Wehrmacht and deported to the Reich for forced labour. Deprived of the "Prisoner of War" status, they were classified as "Italian military internees" (IMI). As a consequence of this decision, the Red Cross and other international organizations could not reach their Oflag and Stalag camps1 in which, despite the Geneva Convention agreements, soldiers were employed in factories practically as slaves. Until February 1944, German and RSI authorities offered the Italian military internees the possibility to become part of Salò2 military units, which meant that they could leave the camps and return to Italy. The majority of the IMI – more than 600,000 men – refused, preferring to be interned over becoming part of the Fascist army…"

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Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP20 Jul 2023 7:34 a.m. PST

Interesting. The Nazis were good at denigrating other nationalities.

Nine pound round20 Jul 2023 11:25 a.m. PST

Well. that's one way to put it.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Jul 2023 2:51 p.m. PST



Primus Pictor20 Aug 2023 5:43 a.m. PST

Fascinating stuff! A little-known aspect of the final chapter of German-Italian relations in WW2.

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