Waffen-SS: A European History

SS and foreign personnel Non-Commissioned Officer School
Waffen-SS Recruiting Office in Amsterdam
The creation of the multi-national European front line combat organization Waffen-SS was an event unique in history. Their racial aspects and implications were especially unique. Men of many nations joined together in the military establishment of a foreign country. Its members hoped to eventually see all Germanic nations united into one body. The pan-European theme and the anti-Communist struggle became the strongest single element of the Waffen-SS recruitment message to the non-Germans. To become a member, the candidate had to satisfy the following conditions, among others: Aryan descent proven to the year 1800 (1750 for officers), no dishonorable criminal convictions, physically healthy, confirmed by medical examination and pledge of unconditional loyalty to all superiors. A thorough series of physical and genealogical examinations and investigations were made on each applicant. Only after these were successfully concluded did the candidate officially become an SS-Man. Top image: a German instructor from SS-Regiment Germania with a French  SS volunteer at Sennheim in Alsace-Lorraine in 1943. Scan: Signal Magazine. Commons: Bundesarchiv. Fair use. Bottom image: Dutch Waffen-SS media presentations and recruiting center on Dam Square in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, today a Swedish H&M store. Public domain.

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