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Ertogrul
Posted: November 13, 2010 01:20 pm
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2HPaFYQoRo
It's obvious that it is about Transylvanian Saxon volunteers, but could someone translate what the guy is saying?
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Posted: November 13, 2010 08:19 pm
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"The ethnic german population from transilvania enroles in the waffen ss.
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chisi
Posted: November 28, 2010 06:03 pm
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"In Transylvania, numerous young village natives from the german enclave on the romanian territory are enroling in the Waffen SS."

The location seems to be the city of Medias, Sibiu.
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Posted: May 14, 2012 06:53 pm
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Posted: April 23, 2013 04:21 pm
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Not long ago, in Archives, I saw a folder with Romanian citizens in Waffen SS.

In spring 1943 was a violent campaign for enlist in SS. A lot of young German ethnics were forced (not all) by Andreas Schmitt's men to accept enlisting. Anyway, there were some numbers:

District Timis-Torontal 16.400 volunteers
- Arad 6.700
- Severin 1.602
- Caras 1.153
- Bihor 5
- State Prisons - around 100 (actually, most of them only declared they intent to join SS, they were free and... vanished)

Nothing about other districts (Brasov, Sibiu etc).
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ANDREAS
Posted: April 24, 2013 09:43 pm
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Thank you for sharing these informations cainele_franctiror! I have a neighbor ethnic german who was recruited during that period! He fought on the Eastern Front and later in september 1944 in Northern Transylvania against our own army in the 8th SS Cavalry Division "Florian Geyer".
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Posted: April 25, 2013 03:55 pm
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Very interesting. Did you interview him? How old was him when joined the SS?
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Alan Stroe
Posted: March 21, 2015 05:47 pm
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I wrote a novel based on my grandfather's WW II survival story. He was kidnapped from his village by the Germans as they retreated, and interned into a POW camp where he was starving to death. He joined the Romanian Waffen-SS to survive, along with most Romanian prisoners in the camp.

According to most sources, the Romanian Waffen-SS units were destroyed by the Soviets, or captured by the Americans. Well, my grandfather and a friend of his chose to go east instead, returning to Romania. As far as I know, the two of them were the only ones who made it back home. His testimony contained some interesting details that I haven't found anywhere else.

The book is available for pre-order on Amazon, and it will be released on May 1st, 2015:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SY3COK4
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