Tag: Einsatzgruppen

Sonderkommando Arājs: Latvia’s Nazi Collaborators and Their Role in the Holocaust

Sonderkommando Arājs: Latvia’s Nazi Collaborators and Their Role in the Holocaust

On 1 July 1941, during Operation Barbarossa, German troops entered the Latvian capital city of Riga. In their wake followed a unit of the notorious Einsatzgruppen, Himmler’s infamous mobile killing squads tasked with the mass murder of Jews and others in eastern Europe. From the outset, these masters of death sought to enlist the help…

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Mass Murder at Kamianets-Podilskyi

Mass Murder at Kamianets-Podilskyi

Overshadowed by the massacres at Babi Yar near Kiev and Rumbula near Riga, the mass murder of Jews at Kamianets-Podilskyi is less well-known in Holocaust history. Yet, it remains one of the largest single actions carried out by the infamous Einsatzgruppen during their murderous operations in eastern Europe. In just two days, the Nazi killing…

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