Welcome! This is a Non-Political and a Non-Profit site (to include its authors and contributors) and does not subscribe to any revisionist organizations. This site is only to explore the combat role and history of the European Waffen-SS in World War II. Enlistment rolls show that a total of 950,000 men (German and foreigners) served in its ranks between 1940 and 1945. This blog contains a collection of real events and information on these volunteers for historical research and documentation.
Siege of Breslau - former capital of Schlesien
Former Festung Breslau, May 1945
The very German city of Breslau became part of Poland, along with almost all of the fertile flatlands of Lower Silesia, under the terms of the Potsdam Conference in August 1945. When the Soviets approached the city in February 1945, 18,000 women and children froze to death in icy snowstorms during a poorly organised evacuation. By the end of the siege, an estimated 40,000 civilians lay dead in the ruins. Eyewitness account No. 15 from the Bonn investigation report gives an inkling of what it was like: I was raped twice a day for seven days, each time by several soldiers, she said. The seventh day was my worst. I was picked up in the evening, and released the next morning. My genitals were completely ripped open, and I had an arm-wide sore all the way down to my knees. I could neither walk nor lie down. There were three more terrible days like this one before the Russian soldiers decided we had had enough, and chased us naked out of that hellhole. Together with other victims, she was sent on a death march - barefoot. According to historian Christian Habbe almost 90,000 people perished in the evacuation of the city and the subsequent siege. The end of the war also signalled an active campaign to de-Germanize Breslau, renamed Wrocław, and Sovietisation soon followed. By January 1948 the city was officially declared to be free of German inhabitants, there were in fact still 3,000 in the city, essentially kept on to do jobs Poles were unqualified for. This siege remains little-known in the West therefore the first-hand account In the fire of the Eastern Frontby Dutch Waffen-SS Volunteer Henrik C. Verton is of particular historical interest. Heserved in SS-Festungs-Grenadier-Regiment Besslein, an ad-hoc unit raised in February 1945 for the defense of Breslau.Credit: Der Spiegel. Image: Dolny Śląsk. Public domain.