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Despite their desire to stay in the West, the American government forced them to return to a miserable fate. The book provides details and specific examples of Russian soldiers being rounded up and even forcibly loaded on to ships as they fought frantically to stay alive. These scenes played out not only in Europe but in the US as well. The author uncovered an apparent US policy of returning Soviet defectors and refugees to the Soviet Union against their will, culminating with the story of a sailor that jumped ship in the 's, only to be forcibly handed back to the Soviet navy - an incident resulting in a Congressional investigation.

The author's work included detailed research and reference to State Department documents. The policy applied only to Soviet bloc defectors and not to those fleeing other countries. The book is well written and researched. The narrative flows easily. The research helps explain incidents that occurred long after publication - including the Ladmilla Vlasova and Elian Gonzalez affairs.

There remains much to be learned about the Cold War. Much was glossed over by the media and academia during the 20th Century. Operation Keelhaul goes a long way toward filling in some important blanks. Sep 24, Claire rated it it was ok. I spent a while on this book today since not only the subject interests me I've done a bit of Soviet history research in my time , but when I was small the baddie in my RPG was named Keel'alla.

I was verifying whether there could be any tie. Hmm, seems that this book has made a difference on current references! Um, to forced repatriation. Maybe I should read Victims Of Yalta next, if I am honestly that serious about this kind of historical research.

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Operation Keelhaul; The Story Of Forced Repatriation From 1944 To The Present

Army on September 18, , and bear the secret file number One of the conclusions of the Yalta Conference was that the western Allies would return all Soviet citizens who found themselves in their zones to the Soviet Union. This immediately affected the liberated Soviet prisoners of war , [3] but also extended to all Soviet citizens, irrespective of their wishes. In exchange, the Soviet government agreed to hand over several thousand western Allied prisoners of war whom they had liberated from German prisoner of war camps.


Julius Epstein, Author, 74, Dies; Wrote of Forced Repatriations

Doing research on forced repatria tion. Branch in Alexandria, Va. When I asked for the dossier, I was told that it was Top Secret and that the index card should not be in a public catalogue. It was immediately removed. It was formerly a punishment in the Dutch and British Navies and a method of torture used by pirates.


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