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Polish Tatars

Postby Davey Boy » 05 May 2002 13:29

Does anyone know what the Nazi policy was towards these people? I've managed to find a few paragraphs about how they were persecuted by the Germans during the occupation of Lithuania and Belorussia (that's where they lived). But I have no details.

In appearance, these people are a lot like Turks or Armenians, although a few do look very northern European. But then again, the Nazis let the Kalmucks from near the Volga join the SS, and these guys are pure Mongol in appearance. So obviously, if the Tatars were persecuted, it wasn't really on racial grounds. And it had nothing to do with religion, because Polish Tatars are Muslim, and there were Muslim SS units in the Balkans.

I do seem to remember that there was a Tatar unit in the Polish army, and they fought hard against the Germans in '39. Maybe that was the reason?

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Postby Marcus Wendel » 05 May 2002 13:37

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Postby Davey Boy » 05 May 2002 14:04

Why not?

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Postby Davey Boy » 05 May 2002 14:22

During the Second World War, most of the Tatar intelligentsia was exterminated by the Nazis in retaliation for the gallant fight of the Tatar detachment against the invading German armies in September 1939. After the war, only two Tatar villages (Bohoniki and Kruszyniany) remained within the borders of Poland. Some Tatars from these former Polish territories were resettled in present western and northwestern Poland. This of course meant that a vital part of their religious and cultural heritage, including mosques, cemeteries, and schools, was left behind.


This is all I found in regards to the topic at hand.


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