This paper looks at Displaced Persons in the aftermath of World War II, using the Waffen SS “Galicia” members’ path to their civilian life, as a case study, and situating them in the general picture of those displaced from Eastern Europe and parts of Russia after the Second World War. Their migration corresponds to the theoretically defined stages of Displacement, but there is a danger of underestimating the importance of contextualising and situating each example of forced migration and resettlement within the circumstances of the period. Therefore, this paper situates the “Galicia” Division’s Displacement, providing a detailed step-by-step illustration of their movement in becoming, firstly, Prisoners of War, then Displaced Persons and, finally, achieving civilian status. It is also important to note that their Displacement is not merely of historical interest; it has an importance which still affects contemporary understandings of Ukraine as a nation. The overall aim of this paper is to detail the “Galicia” Division’s dissolution and its ex-members’ subsequent diasporic spread in the context of the events of 1945-1950 period. By doing this it will contribute to Displacement theory/studies by looking in detail at context of the sequence of the changing situations in order to fully understand the process of Displacement.
|Keywords:||Displacement, Waffen SS "Galicia", World War II, Ukraine|
PhD Student, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, London, UK
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