First, they refused to leave their barracks when ordered to do so. The military police then used tear gas, and, half-dazed, the prisoners were driven under heavy guard to the harbor where they were forced to board a Soviet vessel.
Here the two hundred immediately started to fight. They fought with their bare hands. They started — with considerable success — to destroy the ship's engines. Soon, all of the prisoners fell into a deep, coma-like sleep. It was in this condition that the prisoners were brought to another Soviet boat for a speedy return to Stalin's hangmen. Cossacks were included in the hundreds who were repatriated to the Soviet Union from Marseilles in Several hundred Cossacks were repatriated to the Soviet Union from camps close to Venice in Some Cossacks perished in resistance to forcible repatriations at Rimini and Bologna.
Thousands of Russians, many of them Cossacks, were transported at the height of armed hostilities in to Murmansk in an operation that also led to the sinking of the German battleship Tirpitz. The Cossack officers, more politically aware than the enlisted men, expected that repatriation to the USSR would be their ultimate fate. They believed that the British would have sympathised with their anti-Communism, but were unaware that their fates had been decided at the Yalta Conference.
Upon discovering that they would be repatriated, many escaped, some probably aided by their Allied captors;  some passively resisted, and others committed suicide. Of those Cossacks who escaped repatriation, many hid in forests and mountainsides, some were hidden by the local German populace, but most hid in different identities as Ukrainians, Latvians, Poles, Yugoslavians, Turks, Armenians and Ethiopians.
Eventually they were admitted to displaced persons camps under assumed names and nationalities; many emigrated to the US per the Displaced Persons Act. Others went to any country that would admit them e.
After the death of Stalin in , partial amnesty was granted for some labor camp inmates on 27 March with the end of the Gulag system, then extended it on 17 September Some specific political crimes were omitted from amnesty: Nikolai Tolstoy describes this and other events resulting from the Yalta Conference as the "Secret Betrayal" cf.
Western betrayal , for going unpublished in the West. Aleksander Solzhenitsyn describes the forced repatriation of the Cossacks by Winston Churchill as follows: Along with them, he also handed over many wagonloads of old people, women and children who did not want to return to their native Cossack rivers. This great hero, monuments to whom will in time cover all England, ordered that they, too, be surrendered to their deaths.
William Dritschilo described the events at Lienz in Lienz Cossacks , his novelization of the Cossack experience of the 20th century. In Lienz , Austria, there is an gravestone cemetery commemorating the "Tragedy of the Drau ". Many of the gravestones mark mass graves holding unknown numbers. Janus plots the destruction of the UK economy because of "the British betrayal and Stalin's execution squads", the latter of which he and his family had survived, but, tormented by survivor's guilt , his father ultimately killed his wife, then himself , leaving Janus orphaned.
Bond says of the repatriation, "Not exactly our finest hour", though the Russian mafia boss, Valentine Zukovsky, replies that the "ruthless" Cossacks "got what they deserved". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Betrayal of the Cossacks.
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