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Then he could also claim to be a true Czechoslovakian. There were many 02 POW 5/1/05 5:45 pm Page 21 Repatriation of POWs once Hostilities are Over • 21 cases like this and most people tried to make the supposedly ‘best’ out of the situation. But what was the ‘best’? What should an ethnic German from the Balkans decide when facing repatriation from the USSR? 22 The circumstances were even more complex for those who expected to be called to account, either because they had switched sides, or because they had collaborated with the enemy, or because they had committed war crimes.

However, it is clear from a later chapter that the government in The Hague was also keen to retain its liberated soldiers for use in the coming struggle for its overseas empire. Homecoming If there were many different kinds of liberation, this was also true for the actual homecoming. The common assumption is that every captive longed to return home to his country and to his family. This is a simplification that fails to reflect adequately the reality of World War II. Due to mass destruction, changes in territorial boundaries and population movements, many people had neither a family nor a native country to return to.

Work allocated to cooperator prisoners was often unpleasant or difficult – in other words, exactly the type of task which British workers were loathe to undertake. There were also other factors which the Italians regarded as important but which the British found difficult to change, namely the intermittent and unreliable transmission of mails to and from Italy and the exchange rate of £7 = 72 lira which had been dictated by Mussolini in 1940, but which was now punitive for prisoners attempting to send money to an inflation-ravaged Italy.

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