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Nazi Collaborators on Trial during the Cold War

This book is a study of the legal reckoning with the crimes of the Latvian Auxiliary Security Police and its political dimensions in the Soviet Union, West and East Germany, and the United States in the context of the Cold War. Decades of work by prosecutors have established the facts of Latvian collaboration with the Nazis during the Holocaust. No group made a deeper mark in the annals of atrocity than the men of the so-called 'Arajs Kommando' and their leader, Viktors Arajs, who killed tens of thousands of Jews on Latvian soil and participated in every aspect of the 'Holocaust by Bullets.' This study also has significance for coming to terms with Latvia's encounter with Nazism - a process that was stunted and distorted by Latvia's domination by the USSR until 1991. Examining the country's most notorious killers, their fates on both sides of the Iron Curtain, and contemporary Latvians' responses in different political contexts, this volume is a record of the earliest phases of this process, which must now continue and to which this book contributes.
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Latvian Auxiliary Security Police and Cold War Justice.- 2. Wartime Latvia: Viktors Arajs, Hell's Plowman.- 3. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics: Justice behind Propaganda.- 4. West Germany: The Pursuit, Prosecution and Punishment of 'The Chief' Himself.- 5. East Germany: An Elaborately Squandered Opportunity.- 6. The United States: Perjury, the Public, and the Passport.- 7. Conclusion: Justice for Some, the Truth for All of Us.

About the Author

Richards Plavnieks teaches courses on modern European history and twentieth-century totalitarianism at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida, USA.

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