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Romania's Holy War: Soldiers, Motivation, and the Holocaust

Grant T. Harward


This book rights the widespread myth that Romania was a reluctant member of the Axis during World War II. In correcting this fallacy, the book shows that, of an estimated 300,000 Jews who perished in Romania and Romanian-occupied Ukraine, more than 64,000 were, in fact, killed by Romanian soldiers. Moreover, the Romanian Army conducted a brutal campaign in German-occupied Ukraine, resulting in the deaths of thousands of Soviet prisoners of war, partisans, and civilians. Investigating why Romanian soldiers fought and committed such atrocities, the book argues that strong ideology—a cocktail of ... More

Keywords: Axis powers, World War II, Jews, Romanian soldiers, German-occupied Ukraine, nationalism, antisemitism, anticommunism, Holocaust, Nazi Germany

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501759963
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501759963.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Grant T. Harward, author
US Army Medical Department