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The Holocaust and its Contexts

Nazi Collaborators on Trial during the Cold War

Viktors Arājs and the Latvian Auxiliary Security Police

Authors: Plavnieks, Richards

  • Examines the crimes committed by the Latvian Auxiliary Security Police or  'Arajs Kommando' and their leader, Viktors Arājs
  • Explores the postwar fates of the men of the 'Arajs Kommando' in the Soviet Union, West and East Germany, and the United States
  • Provides a constructive framework for historicizing Latvia’s encounter with Nazism and its aftermath
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About this book

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 Arājs, 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.

About the authors

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

Reviews

“The Arajs Kommando was perhaps the single most notorious killing unit of non-German collaborators in the Holocaust, and Richards Plavnieks’ book examines how different judicial systems dealt with its members after the war. With particular sensitivity Plavnieks shows how the belated investigation into suspected Latvian war criminals in the US affected the entire Latvian-American community, as post-war Latvian immigrants were reimagined from Cold War heroes and victims into Nazi collaborators.” (Christopher R. Browning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Latvian Auxiliary Security Police and Cold War Justice

    Plavnieks, Richards

    Pages 1-12

  • Wartime Latvia: Viktors Arājs, Hell’s Plowman

    Plavnieks, Richards

    Pages 13-79

  • The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics: Justice Behind Propaganda

    Plavnieks, Richards

    Pages 81-111

  • West Germany: The Pursuit, Prosecution, and Punishment of “the Chief” Himself

    Plavnieks, Richards

    Pages 113-168

  • East Germany: An Elaborately Squandered Opportunity

    Plavnieks, Richards

    Pages 169-224

Buy this book

eBook $59.99
$84.99 (listprice)
price for USA (gross)
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-57672-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $79.99
$109.99 (listprice)
price for USA
valid through December 31, 2018
  • ISBN 978-3-319-57671-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Nazi Collaborators on Trial during the Cold War
Book Subtitle
Viktors Arājs and the Latvian Auxiliary Security Police
Authors
Series Title
The Holocaust and its Contexts
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-57672-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-57672-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-57671-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 297
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