Series: Soviet Prisoners of War
Based on Nazi ideology, the Germans saw the war against the Soviet Union as a war of annihilation between German fascism and Soviet communism. They also saw it as a racial war between German "Aryans" and what they considered to be subhuman Slavs and Jews. From the very beginning of this war, German military and police authorities adopted a deliberate policy of killing Soviet prisoners of war (POWs) on a massive scale. Browse this series of articles to learn more about the brutal treatment of Soviet POWs by the Germans.