I am currently reading, “The Dying Days of the Third Reich”. In it a German soldier describes a refugee convoy of rural citizens arriving at their position. They smiled at the Germans and felt safe with them. He says the SS had warned the villagers that the Russians were coming and to head west to German lines.
Their position was a place he refers to as Waitzes. I tried googling but couldn’t find it.
Are these Russian villagers? Regardless, would the SS have been so keen on furthering human lives that were not their own? Were the Russians not seen as the defenders and liberators on the eastern front?
Feel like I am missing something integral here. And it could be embarrassing for me ha.
Edit: initially, I was under the impression that the German soldier was in Russia at the time, and that Russian citizens were fleeing their own army to be saved by the German forces. That is what I was unclear about.. As to why that would be the case. I was and am aware the red army committed crimes against humanity.