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Confronting CaptivityBritain and the United States and Their POWs in Nazi Germany$
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Arieh J. Kochavi

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780807829400

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807876404_kochavi

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A U.S.-Soviet Package Deal

A U.S.-Soviet Package Deal

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Confronting Captivity

Arieh J. Kochavi

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the negotiations between the United States and the Soviet Union over the mutual exchange of prisoners of war (POWs) captured during World War II. It considers how the Soviets exploited the large numbers of Allied POWs they were expected to set free to achieve two main objectives: the repatriation of all “Soviet nationals”; and Western recognition of the Soviet-installed regime in Poland as that country's legitimate government. The chapter also discusses the Soviets' claim that Soviet prisoners were victims of aggression by Nazi Germany, and that they were treated as German POWs after they were brought to the United States. Finally, it analyzes the dispute between Washington and Moscow over the phrases “claimants to Soviet citizenship” and “all Soviet citizens liberated.”

Keywords:   prisoners of war, United States, Soviet Union, World War II, repatriation, Soviet nationals, Poland, Nazi Germany, Soviet citizenship

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