Walking in the Footsteps of the Vanished: Using Physical Landscapes to Understand Wehrmacht Participation in Einsatzgruppen Killings in Belarus

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Abstract

On an overcast thursday afternoon in september 1941, the jews of Krupki in central Belarus wound their way out of town, across the highway. One of the German soldiers driving them to their deaths was twenty-year-old Private Walter Kartelmeier. He noticed a small child whose pants had fallen down around his ankles. Though his mother tried to help him keep up, the child was in danger of being trampled by those behind. Kartelmeier pulled the mother and child out of line and allowed her to pull up his pants. They then rejoined the column and were soon shot in an...
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLessons and Legacies XI
Subtitle of host publicationExpanding Perspectives on the Holocaust in a Changing World
EditorsKarl Schleunes, Hilary Earl
Place of PublicationChicago
PublisherNorthwestern University Press
Pages292-306
Volume11
ISBN (Electronic)9780810130920
ISBN (Print)9780810130913, 9780810130906
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2014

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NameLessons and Legacies

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