Trawniki Guards: Foot Soldiers of the Holocaust: Vol. 2, Investigations and Trials

Josh Baldwin

Available July 2022


WWII ended, legal reckoning began. At least 100 former Trawniki guards were investigated, arrested, and tried in the postwar period, mostly in the Soviet Union. Dozens were sentenced to death and executed. Others received 25 years’ imprisonment in Soviet gulags. In 1955, a general amnesty caused all those imprisoned to be released. Nevertheless, in the 1960s, many were retried in “group” trials, receiving death sentences. Trials also took place in Poland, and a single trial took place in West Germany: that of Franz Swidersky. In the United States, OSI brought charges against 16 former guards. This story is pieced together through investigation reports, interrogation transcripts, and trial records, primarily from recently declassified former KGB archives. This work represents the most comprehensive study of these primary source materials in the English language.

Size: 6" x 9" | 55 b/w photos | 288 pp
ISBN13: 9780764363535

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Josh Baldwin received a BS in criminal justice from California State University of Los Angeles. Studying history has been a passion for him for over 20 years. He focuses on the Holocaust, WWII, and Cold War topics. He has traveled to visit museums and archives in Germany, Poland, Russia, and Washington, DC; the Nazi camps at Auschwitz, Majdanek, Sobibor, and Belzec; and the town of Trawniki. He resides with his wife in Los Angeles, California.