2005-12-03 India

While in India I suggested that there was a significant pro-Nazi movement in India at the time. My friends denied this. I joked that they weren’t taught these things in school and promised that I’d try to find some evidence for it.

Today the WOZ has a review of a book about victims of WW2 from the European colonies (Unsere Opfer zählen nicht von Recherche International). It says that Subhas Chandra Bose, the former president of the independence movement Indian National Congress, was able to mobilize about 4000 volunteers against the strong resistance of Mahatma Gandhi. The volunteers joined the German Waffen-SS towards the end of the war and committed massacres in France.

It remains unclear whether they actually shared the ideology of their allies, but I personally don’t think that it would make a difference. Not everybody who joined the Nazis was motivated by their racist ideology.

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See also: 2018-12-09 Indian Fascists.

– Alex Schroeder 2019-07-27 18:47 UTC


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