The statement of a British sailor about Kozaks being “repatriated” by the UK and US forces during Operation Keelhaul

The statement of a British sailor about Kozaks being “repatriated” by the UK and US forces during Operation Keelhaul:

“I took part in the evacuation of Dunkirk. Our soldiers felt very badly. I helped to fish out Germans from the sunken Bismarck, which received the greatest number of torpedoes in history. I saw the population of Malta sitting in the cellars for many weeks. I saw Malta being bombed incessantly and deafened by explosions of bombs and shells. They were exhausted from constant explosions and alarms. I lived through the sinking of my own ship. I know about jumping into the water at night, dark and without bottom, and the terrifying shouts for help of the drowning, and then the boat, and looking for the rescue ship. It was a nightmare. I drove German prisoners captured during the invasion of Normandy. They were almost dying from fear. But all that is nothing. The real, terrible, unspeakable fear I saw during the convoying and repatriation of people to Soviet Russia. They were becoming white, green and grey with the fear that took hold of them. When we arrived at the port and were handing them over to the Russians, the repatriates were fainting and losing their senses. And only now I know what a man’s fear is who lived through hell, and that it is nothing compared to the fear of a man who is returning to the Soviet hell. ”

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  1. Roman Korol

    Operation Keelhaul — that appalling episode in the history of World War II, including an account of the collaboration of British and American forces with the tyrant Stalin in carrying out this odious crime, is described in in Nikolai Tolstoy’s “Victims of Yalta”. My copy is a Corgi paperback, published 1979; originally published in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd.

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  2. Darrel

    My grandma and grandfather worked with the Mennonite Central Committee after the war trying to help Mennonite refugees from Russia and the Ukraine emigrate to Canada and South America. She told me about 2 sisters she met who had scars on their wrists because before being separated from their father he told them to just kill themselves if it looked like they were going to be sent back to the Soviet Union.

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