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Serbia under the SwastikaA World War II Occupation$
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Alexander Prusin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041068

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252041068.001.0001

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(p.88) 6 Repression
Serbia under the Swastika

Alexander Prusin

University of Illinois Press

Focuses on the German anti-guerrilla warfare in Serbia in 1941. Although German military and civil officials did not consider the Serbs as ideological enemies solely on the basis of race, the outbreak of resistance elevated racial stereotypes to the forestage of occupation policies, particularly since the Germans did not have enough troops to suppress the resistance. In comparison to Poland or Ukraine, where maintaining security was the prerogative of Himmler’s SS and police, his forces in Serbia were too small for such a task. As a result, it was the Wehrmacht, which assumed the essentially police functions. The German officer corps’ commitment to the Nazi ideology ensured that it perceived its task through political prism and applied unrestricted terror as the most effective method for crushing the resistance.

Keywords:   anti-guerrilla warfare, SS, police, Wehrmacht, resistance

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