soviet pows

imagine steve making a youtube channel to share his coming out story, just fully embracing who he is. he has to introduce bucky bc no one has actually saw him on video of his own free will but they know who he is (former pow/former soviet assassin/caps wwII boyfriend/childhood best friend/super soldier). the camera pans to him with his hair loose, sleeveless shirt that shows his metal arm and on his face is a deadly WS glare. steve just wordlessly leans over and kisses him, shows the world the softer side of bucky barnes just by existing and gently touching. from that moment on he becomes the internets fav smol adorable trained killer (though he only appears in the background of videos like when he’s walking to the kitchen in his boxers)

A Soviet POW defies orders to be seated when SS leader Heinrich Himmler visits a prison camp for Soviet prisoners of war.

​Minsk, Soviet Union, August 1941.

From the very beginning, German policy on the treatment of Soviet POWs was determined by Nazi ideology. German political and military leaders regarded Soviet POWs not only as racially less valuable but as potential enemies. By February 1942, 2,000,000 of the 3,300,000 Soviet soldiers in German custody up to that point had died from starvation, exposure, disease, or shooting.

Eastern Front, August 1941: A Soviet POW poses wearing the mandatory star of David (another soldier can be seen wearing the star in the background). Orders given to all German troops stressed that Jewish POWs were to be separated from the rest of their comrades and held until further instruction. In the opening phases of the invasion, there was still no clear-cut plan. Later, Jewish POWs mostly met the same fate of all other Jewish deportees: death.

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Jews
Romani
Slavs
Ukrainians
Poles
Soviet Slavs and POWs
People with disabilities
Non-Europeans
Homosexuals
Political criteria
Political prisoners
Political Leftists
Jehovah’s Witnesses
Roman Catholics
Protestants
Bahá'í faith
Freemasons
Esperantists
Enemy nationals
“Social deviants” – prostitutes, vagrants, alcoholics, drug addicts, open dissidents, pacifists, draft resisters and common criminals

All died at the hands of Nazi Germany in Concentrations Camps


January 27, 1945 is the day the Auschwitz concentration camp in modern-day Poland was liberated by the Soviets, nearly eight months before the war officially ended.

By the time they arrived though, many of the inhabitants had been sent out on a death march.

When the Soviets arrived at the camp, around 7,000 people sick and dying people remained.

In the five years it was open, an estimated 1.1 million people were killed at the concentration camp, around 90 per cent of whom were Jewish.