Armee: ArmyLuftwaffe: Air ForceOKW =High Command of the Armed Forcesetc.Rear Cover:Prof. Dr. Franz W. SeidlerFranz Seidler is a Professor of Modern History specializing in Social and MilitaryHistory at the University of the Bundeswehr [German Federal Armed Forces],Munich. Dr. Seidler’s principal field of research is the Second World War. Hisprincipal publications in book form deal with the personnel problems of theWehrmacht [Armed Forces], Wehrmachtgefolgen [Armed Forces Auxiliaries]Wehrmachthilferinnen, [Armed Forces Female Auxiliaries], the Organization Todt,and the Deutscher Volksturm [ad-hoc home defense units], as well as in problems of legal jurisdiction of the German Armed Forces and collaboration in German-occupiedterritories. The present volume is intended to provide a picture of the dangers facingevery German soldier from the Red Army’s conduct of partisan warfare in violation of international law, and the “thousand deaths” possibly suffered by the fathers andgrandfathers of those same persons who now wax indignant about the “crimes of theGerman Armed Forces”. The traveling exhibition known in German as “Vernichtungskrieg.: Verbrechen derWehrmacht 1941 bis 1944” [“War of Extermination: Crimes of the Wehrmacht 1941–1944”, translated into English as “The German Army and Genocide: Crimes AgainstWar Prisoners, Jews and Other Civilians in the East, 1939
1944” or simply, “TheCrimes of the German Army”, and referred to below as the “Anti-WehrmachtExhibition”] -- is simply an exercise in propaganda. It states no historical facts andprovides no precise factual data or details. The present book, however, the first of twovolumes, provides full documentation of than 300 Soviet war crimes committed in1941
1942, accompanied by exact descriptions, many of them proven in detail byeyewitness statements and horrifying photographic evidence. This shocking volumewas made possible by a systematic study of the archives of the incorruptible, entirelyobjective,
Wehrmacht War Crimes Bureau
[“Wehrmacht Untersuchungstelle”], whichinvestigated 8,000 war crimes. Even Goebbels’ propaganda ministry was compelled tokeep silent about these atrocities for fear of their possible effects on the morale of thedomestic front. Only now is the full truth of the matter revealed.
Horrifyingmutilations, including deliberate blindings, rapes, inconceivable tortures, sadism;massacres of wounded men in hospitals, cold-blooded slaughter - evencannibalism practiced [by the Soviets] on [the bodies of] German soldiers – allproven in abundant detail.
The photographs – more than 100 of them – are enough