Monday, May 22, 2017

616 Wilders en Horowitz en Israel

Dit artikel staat vandaag op de website van Trouw.

Ik ga het later becomentarieren.



Wilders' Amerikaanse volgelingen zien Europa als hun voorland

DEMOCRATIE
Romana Abels 
Wilders in los Angeles © RV
REPORTAGE
“Als we niets doen, worden we overgenomen”. Geert Wilders sprak zondag op een bijeenkomst in Los Angeles zijn Amerikaanse fans toe, zoals hij al veel vaker deed. De vervolgde politicus is een attractie voor de ultraconservatieven.
Het is even wat anders dan een Kamerspeech. Als Geert Wilders spreekt bij het jaarlijkse diner van de American Freedom Alliance, dan loopt er niemand weg, kijkt niemand net zo lang naar zijn telefoon tot het voorbij is. Dan staren driehonderd paar ogen vol ontzag naar hun vedette, hun vooruitgeschoven post in Europa, waar de islamisering zó dramatisch schijnt te zijn. Dan wordt er gejuicht en gejoeld, dan is er soms opeens een staande ovatie, midden in zijn verhaal. Of luid gejoel.
Wilders: 'We must fight political correctness'
Zaal: 'Yoohoo!'
De meeste mensen zijn voor Wilders gekomen. Ze kennen elkaar van eerdere bijeenkomsten, van verwante organisaties, van eerdere fundraisers. Ze maken zich zorgen over hun land. Waar het heengaat met hun cultuur. Dat op joodse en katholieke scholen niet eens meer het verhaal uit het Boek verteld wordt. Dat de media je voorliegen, dat alle universiteiten links zijn. Dat boeken van rechtse schrijvers door The New York Times niet eens besproken worden. Dat Trump niet eens een kans kreeg of er werd al over impeachment gesproken. “Het is erg moeilijk voor ons om onszelf te zijn, hier in het linkse Californië.”
Maar ze denken ook: wat wij meemaken, valt nog in het niet met wat Europeanen overkomt. Al die aanslagen, keer op keer, en dan die enorme vluchtelingenstroom die ongehinderd het continent doortrekt. ‘Miljoenen’. Dat de Balkanroute inmiddels goeddeels dicht is, weet niemand.
“In Europa zijn er constant groepsverkrachtingen”, weet iemand te vertellen. “De media vertellen je dat niet. Wij lezen dat op websites.” Een ander: “Europeanen zijn afhankelijke mensen. Ze kunnen niet voor zichzelf opkomen.” Het Europese volk is simpelweg niet opgevoed met individualisme, met opkomen voor jezelf. Dàt moet de reden zijn dat Europeanen ook bij de laatste verkiezingen niet massaal op Le Pen of Geert Wilders stemden. “Hoe kan het, dat ze zó tegen hun eigen belang stemmen?”

Gewetenshelden

Bij Wilders aan tafel zit David Horowitz, één van Wilders’ oudste Amerikaanse vrienden. De bijeenkomst is ter ere van hem: hij is de ‘hero of conscience’ van 2017 geworden, de gewetensheld. Wilders zelf was de gewetensheld van 2009.
Horowitz is een bekeerling: geboren in een links nest, werd hij later rechts. Hij maakte mee hoe de kranten zijn boeken plots negeerden. Onlangs werd een lezing van hem op Berkeley, één van de universiteiten in Californië, afgezegd na onenigheid tussen de universiteit en de organisatie. Horowitz’ medestrijders Robert Spencer en Pamela Geller werd twee jaar geleden de toegang tot het Verenigd Koninkrijk geweigerd.
“Geert Wilders is onze held”, heeft de directeur van de organisatie, Karen Siegemund, dan al verteld. “Hij strijdt een strijd die gestreden moet worden. Hij blijft zeggen wat niet gezegd mag worden. Niet alleen daar, ook hier. Wij zien wat er in Europa gebeurt en willen voorkomen dat het hier ook zo wordt.”
Zondagavond zei Wilders dat het moeilijk zou worden. Dat de islamieten al begonnen zijn met de overname en dat nog altijd niemand terugvecht. Juist niet, ze moedigen het aan. In plaats van de islamisering bestrijden ze hem, vanwege zijn overtuiging. Hoe bestaat het, zegt Siegemund. “We zijn er hier maar op het nippertje aan ontsnapt. Als Hillary aan de macht gekomen was, dan had Wilders nooit toestemming gekregen om naar de Verenigde Staten te komen, dat weet ik zeker.”
Siegemund glundert naast Wilders aan tafel. Zeker 300 kaartjes voor zijn speech wist ze te verkopen, à 175 dollar het stuk. Dat verzekert haar alliantie de komende tijd weer van inkomsten, om de strijd te voeren tegen het dominante linkse denken in het land. “Wilders en wij klikken op heel veel niveaus”, zegt ze. Ze zijn het niet alleen vaak eens, ze hebben ook te duchten van hun linkse tegenstander. Wilders' PVV is de tweede partij geworden, maar wordt niet bij de coalitie-onderhandelingen gevraagd. Dat moet net zo voelen als een Trump-stemmer in Californië zich voelt.
In Nederland leeft het idee dat de partij van Geert Wilders flink binnenloopt op Amerikaanse donaties. Daar geven zijn dikke vriendschappen met Amerikaanse fondsen blijk van, maar vooral een gerucht dat de uit de partij gestapte Wim Kortenhoeven in 2012 de wereld in hielp. ‘Wilders krijgt tonnen uit de VS’. Kortenhoeven hoorde in zijn tijd bij de PVV over ‘koffers met cash’ die Wilders clandestien uit Amerika zou meenemen.

Donaties

Het was een aanleiding om de wet te veranderen. Sinds drie jaar moeten politieke partijen openbaren van wie zij grote donaties krijgen: alle giften die de 4500 euro overstijgen, moeten ze melden. Zo is te zien welke enorme bedragen SP-volksvertegenwoordigers aan hun partij afdragen, maar ook welke Amerikanen hun geld op Wilders zetten. Dat zijn er een stuk minder dan hem op zo’n zondagavond toejuichen.
Omdat de PVV geen subsidie krijgt, is de partij afhankelijk van bedragen van buiten. Maar afgaand op de lijst die de partij heeft ingediend, is de PVV weliswaar verdienstelijk in het inzamelen, maar een vetpot is het niet: enkele tienduizenden per jaar, met een uitschieter in 2015, toen een dikke ton binnenkwam. 2016 leek weer meer op 2014: toen kwam het totaal op 31.000 euro. Vast staat dat de bedragen in het niet vallen bij de miljoenensubsidies die andere politieke partijen weten binnen te slepen.
Na drie jaar opgaven te hebben gedaan bij Binnenlandse Zaken, is het duidelijk dat er eigenlijk maar één Amerikaanse financier is: David Horowitz, de man die werd gelauwerd op de bijeenkomst waar Wilders afgelopen zondag sprak. Hij speelt een centrale rol in het netwerk van anti-islamclubjes die de afgelopen jaren rond Wilders zijn opgedoken.
David Horowitz bestiert het Horowitz Freedom Center, een rechtse denktank in Californië. Horowitz, zondag: “Ik zeg liever strijdtank dan denktank. We voeren een strijd. En jullie zijn de strijdtroepen.”
“Horowitz is de echt grote man hier”, zegt Edgar Anderson, een jurist uit Los Angeles die uit nieuwsgierigheid naar Wilders op het Freedom Alliance-diner is afgekomen. “Hij is de aanvoerder van een relatief kleine groep vooral joodse conservatieven die zich gemarginaliseerd voelen.” Niet voor niets is de avond geopend door een rabbijn, niet voor niets hamert Wilders in zijn toespraak op de essentiële rol die Israël speelt. Wilders voelt zich ‘sterk verbonden’ met Israël, zegt hij. “De Israëliërs voeren daar onze strijd.”
Wilders intrigeert hem vanwege de constante dreiging. “Dat iemand zó ver moet gaan om zijn overtuiging uit te dragen.” Ook voor Horowitz heeft Anderson grote sympathie. “Die man agendeert dingen voor anderen het zien. Hij heeft om zich heen een flinke beweging gebouwd.”

Horowitz Freedom Center 

Het Horowitz Freedom Center is naast een denktank vooral een fonds, dat giften ontvangt van particulieren. Die worden gestoken in allerlei activiteiten die de strijd ten goede komen: een website met feiten over de jihad, de strijd tegen de linkse media, boeken, conferenties. Aan de PVV doneerde het Horowitz Freedom Center in de loop der jaren ongeveer 175.000 euro.
Maar of die donaties zullen blijven komen, is de vraag: toen via een publicatie in NRC Handelsblad ook in Amerika bekend werd dat het Horowitz Center in 2015 ruim een ton aan Wilders gaf, rezen er vragen in de Amerikaanse pers. Hoe dat kan, wilde die weten, terwijl het Horowitz Center is gehouden aan een belastingbepaling die giften aan politieke organisaties verbiedt. Het antwoord kwam niet: net als de PVV nam Horowitz toen de telefoon niet meer op.
Eenvoudiger zullen de zaken liggen als het niet gaat om harde dollars, maar om materiële giften. In ieder geval krijgt Wilders het ene vliegticket na het andere. Zoals Karen Siegemund hem afgelopen zondag uitnodigde, wordt hij vaker gevraagd: als held van het vrije woord. Reis- en verblijfskosten worden vergoed op bijeenkomsten waar hij, voor Amerikaanse begrippen, radicaal tekeer gaat. “Islam is no religion, it is an ideology”, zei hij zondag weer, maar het gejuich daarvoor kwam uit minder kelen.
“Mij gaat dat te ver”, zegt Anderson. “Ik ken Iraniërs. Ik zie in hen toch niet die kwalijke werking van de islam.”
Hij denkt even na. Dan: “Ik denk dat je in Europa moet wonen om dat punt van Wilders te begrijpen. Een vriend die in Noorwegen woont vertelde me over een zaak in Stavanger. Daar was een immigrant tegen het gemeentebestuur aan het procederen, omdat hij geen moskee mocht bouwen. Maar waarom was die man in Stavanger? Niet vanwege het weer, neem ik aan. Ik denk omdat hij bezig is met de overname van Europa.”
“Over veertig jaar zullen we zijn overgenomen”, had Wilders in zijn speech gezegd.

International Freedom Alliance

Hij zal het tientallen keren eerder hebben verteld. Zo was hij van 10 tot 27 juli 2016 in de Verenigde Staten om lezingen te houden. ‘Vliegtickets en hotels zijn betaald door de International Freedom Alliance en The Gatestone Institute’, gaf hij op aan het ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken.
Het blijken loten van dezelfde stam. Achter het in 2008 opgerichte rechtse Gatestone Insituut zit ene Nina Rosenwald, die in de Amerikaanse pers geldt als de suikertante van de anti-islamwereld. Het Horowitz Freedom Center staat op de lijst van recipiënten.
De International Freedom Alliance, de andere sponsor van Wilders’ Amerika-trip in 2016, is een fonds dat Wilders in 2014 zelf oprichtte. In oktober van dat jaar maakte hij de stichting ervan bekend op een conferentie in Tenessee. “Ik heb het initiatief genomen om een internationale organisatie op te richten: de International Freedom Alliance, IFA. Het doel is om de waarheid over de islam te verspreiden, onze vrijheid te behouden en de islamisering van onze landen te stoppen. IFA heeft tot doel een netwerk te vormen van verzetsstrijders in alle landen die door de islam worden bedreigd”, zei Wilders toen.
Het IFA, een fonds met een ton in kas, wordt bestuurd door Robert Shillman: tevens bestuurslid van het David Horowitz Freedom Center. Ook in 2015 reisde Wilders twee weken lang door de Verenigde Staten op kosten van die International Freedom Alliance.
Het draagt allemaal ongetwijfeld bij aan de missie van Geert Wilders en David Horowitz. Maar voor Wilders’ Nederlandse ambitie, die zoals hij zelf zondagavond nog aankondigde is: ‘de volgende verkiezingen de grootste te zijn’, is het misschien niet genoeg.
“Geert Wilders is natuurlijk vrij om fondsen voor zichzelf te werven als hij hier is”, zegt Karen Siegemund van de American Freedom Alliance. “Maar niet tijdens het diner. Dat was juist bedoeld om fondsen voor óns te werven.”

Sunday, May 14, 2017

615. De Neocons denken een Nucleaire aanval te kunnen winnen. Ze bereiden een aanval voor. Wat moet Putin dan doen?

De situatie is zo gevaarlijk omdat de Neocons denken dat ze zelf niet getroffen zullen worden door Russische bommen.  De Russen kunnen in 1 klap meteen worden verslagen, en niet meer terug schieten.
Com,plete nonsens.
Maar als jouw opponent dit denkt, dan is hij wel levensgevaarlijk, want dan zal hij gaan aanvallen.

Als hij grootschalig aanvalt is het simpel:  grootschalig terug schieten.
Maar wat te doen als hij ( de VS) slecht 1 stad vernoetigt in Rusland?

Terug schieten betekent dat je ook zelf vernietigd wordt.
Niet terug schieten betekent dat de VS denkt dat ze gewonnen hebben.

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Uit hetfeit dat er in de VS media niet over wodt gesproken kun je afleiden dat de Amerikanben echt van plan zijn om een kernaanval te plegen. Endat ze niet denken dat Rusland die uit zichzelf zal gaan plegen.
Ze willen een aandacht voo rhun plan en zwijgenhet huidige enorme gevaar dus dood.


Hieronder 2 artikelen van de oud staatssecretaris van financiene onder Ronald Reagan:




Are You Ready to Die?

Are You Ready to Die?
Paul Craig Roberts
“Fifty years ago, the streets of Leningrad taught me one thing: If a fight is inevitable, you must strike first.” Vladimir Putin
In George Orwell’s 1949 dystopian novel, 1984, information that no longer is consistent with Big Brother’s explanations is chucked down the Memory Hole. In the real American dystopia in which we currently live, the information is never reported at all.
On April 26—16 days ago—Lt. Gen. Viktor Poznihir, Deputy Chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces, stated at the Moscow International Security Conference that the Operations Command of the Russian General Staff has concluded that Washington is preparing a nuclear first strike on Russia.
See:
The Times-Gazett in Ashland, Ohio, was the only US print media that a Google search could turn up that reported this most alarming of all announcements. A Google search turned up no reports on US TV, and none on Canadian, Australian, European, or any other media except RT and Internet sites.
I have been unable to find any report that any US Senator or Representative or any European, Canadian, or Australian politician has raised a voice of concern.
No one in Washington got on the telephone to tell Putin that this was all a mistake, that the US was not preparing a nuclear first strike on Russia, or ask Putin how this serious situation could be defused.
Americans do not even know about it, except for my readers.
I would have expected at least that the CIA would have planted the story in the Washington Post, the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, and NPR that General Poznihir was expressing his personal opinion, nothing to be taken seriously. But apparently Americans and their European vassals are not to even know that such an accussation was made.
As I reported some time ago and more recently in my column about North Korea, the Chinese leadership has also concluded that the US intends a nuclear first strike against China.
Alone either Russia or China can destroy the US. If they act together, the destruction of the US would be redundant. What is the intelligence, if any, and morality, clearly none, of the US leadership that recklessly and irresponsibly invites Russia and China to preempt Washington’s attack on them with an attack on the US?
Surely not even insouciant Americans are so stupid as to think that Russia and China will just sit there and wait for Washington’s nuclear attack.
I lived through every stage of the Cold War. I participated in it. Never in my life have I experienced the situation where two nuclear powers were convinced that the third was going to surprise them with a nuclear attack.
I supported Trump because he, unlike Hillary, said he would normalize relations with Russia. Instead he has raised the tensions between the nuclear powers. Nothing is more irresponsible or dangerous.
We currently are in the most dangerous situation of my lifetime, and there is ZERO AWARENESS AND NO DISCUSSION!
How can this be? Putin has been issuing warnings for years. He has told the Western presstitute media on more than one occasion that they, in their dishonesty, are pushing the world to nuclear war. Putin has said over and over, “I issue warnings and no one hears.” “How do I get through to you?”
Maybe the morons will hear when mushroom clouds appear over Washington and New York, and Europe ceases to exist, as it will if Europe continues the confrontation with Russia as is required from Washington’s well-paid vassals.
Within the last several years I reported the Chinese government’s reaction to US war plans for a nuclear strike on China. The Chinese showed how their submarines would destroy the West Coast of the US and their ICBMs would finish off the rest of the country.
I reported all of this, and it produced no response. The Memory Hole wasn’t needed, as neither Washington nor the presstitutes nor the Internet noticed. This is insouciance to the thousandth degree.
In America and its subservient, crawling on their knees vassal states, the information never gets reported, so it never has to be put down the Memory Hole.
If you convince someone that you are going to kill them, they are going to kill you first. A government, such as what exists in Washington, that convinces powerful countries that they are targeted, is a government that has no respect whatsoever for the lives of its own people or the peoples of the world or for any life on planet Earth.
Such a government as Washington is evil beyond all measure, as are the media whores and European, Canadian, Australian, and Japanese vassal states that serve Washington at the expense of their own citizens.
Despite all their efforts to believe otherwise, the Russian and Chinese leaderships have finally arrived, belatedly, at the realization that Washington is evil to the core and is the agent of Satan.
For Russia and China, the Satanic Evil that rules in the West has reduced the choice for Russia and China to them or us.
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Wie zijn nu die Amerikanen die zo dom zijn dat ze de wereld gaan vernietigen omdat ze denken dat datr moet, omdat ze denken dat dit de enige manier is om nog 1090 jaar de baas te blijven in de wereld. 
Het zijn de usual suspects. 
De Saker l;egt het duidelijk uit in zijn recente blog.
Ook dat heeft Paul Craig Roberts  geciteerd, in een latere publicatie: 

Here is The Saker’s take on human extinction at the hands of the Satanic Neoconservatives:

Here is The Saker’s take on human extinction at the hands of the Satanic Neoconservatives:
Conclusion 3: the real danger to our common future
The real danger to our planet comes not from a sudden technological breakthrough which would make nuclear war safe, but from the demented filled minds of the US Neocons who believe that they can bring Russia to heel in a game of “nuclear chicken”. These Neocons have apparently convinced themselves that making conventional threats against Russia, such as unilaterally imposing no-fly zones over Syria, does not bring us closer to a nuclear confrontation. It does.
The Neocons love to bash the United Nations in general, and the veto power of the Permanent Five (P5) at the UN Security Council, but they apparently forgot the reason why this veto power was created in the first place: to outlaw any action which could trigger a nuclear war. Of course, this assumes that the P5 all care about international law. Now that the USA has clearly become a rogue state whose contempt for international law is total, there is no legal mechanism left to stop the US from committing actions which endanger the future of mankind. This is what is really scary, not “super-fuses”.
What we are facing today is a nuclear rogue state run by demented individuals who, steeped in a culture of racial superiority, total impunity and imperial hubris, are constantly trying to bring us closer to a nuclear war. These people are not constrained by anything, not morals, not international law, not even common sense or basic logic. In truth, we are dealing with a messianic cult every bit as insane as the one of Jim Jones or Adolf Hitler and like all self-worshiping crazies they profoundly believe in their invulnerability.
It is the immense sin of the so-called “Western world” that it let these demented individuals take control with little or no resistance and that now almost the entire western society lack the courage to even admit that it surrendered itself to what I can only call a satanic cult. Alexander Solzhenitsyn prophetic words spoken in 1978 have now fully materialized:
A decline in courage may be the most striking feature that an outside observer notices in the West today. The Western world has lost its civic courage, both as a whole and separately, in each country, in each government, in each political party, and, of course, in the United Nations. Such a decline in courage is particularly noticeable among the ruling and intellectual elites, causing an impression of a loss of courage by the entire society. There are many courageous individuals, but they have no determining influence on public life. (Harvard Speech, 1978)
Five years later, Solzhenitsyn warned us again saying,
To the ill-considered hopes of the last two centuries, which have reduced us to insignificance and brought us to the brink of nuclear and non-nuclear death, we can propose only a determined quest for the warm hand of God, which we have so rashly and self-confidently spurned. Only in this way can our eyes be opened to the errors of this unfortunate twentieth century and our hands be directed to setting them right. There is nothing else to cling to in the landslide: the combined vision of all the thinkers of the Enlightenment amounts to nothing. Our five continents are caught in a whirlwind. But it is during trials such as these that the highest gifts of the human spirit are manifested. If we perish and lose this world, the fault will be ours alone.
We have been warned, but will we heed that warning?
The Saker explains why a first strike on Russia and/or China cannot succeed. The problem we face is that facts no longer have any influence on the decisions and behavior of the US government, an entirely insane operation no matter who is in office.



Friday, May 12, 2017

614 Aantal doden door WO 2

Ik neem wikipedia over.
U  kunt dus even goed op deze pagiona kijken: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II_casualties#Total_deaths


World War II casualties

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Overcrowded POW transit camp (Dulag) near Smolensk, Russia. August 1941. Officially, roughly 8.7 million Soviet soldiers died in the course of the war, including millions of POWs.
The killing of Jews at Ivanhorod, Ukraine in 1942. A woman tries to shield a child with her body as Einsatzgruppen men aim their rifles.
Bodies of American soldiers on the beach of Tarawa. The Marines secured the island after 76 hours of intense fighting. There were over 6,000 US, Japanese and Korean dead in total.
World War II was the deadliest military conflict in history in absolute terms of total casualties. Over 60 million people were killed, which was about 3% of the 1940 world population (est. 2.3 billion).[1] The tables below give a detailed country-by-country count of human losses. World War II fatality statistics vary, with estimates of total deaths ranging from 50 million to more than 80 million.[2] The higher figure of over 80 million includes deaths from war-related disease and famine. Civilians killed totalled 50 to 55 million, including 19 to 28 million from war-related disease and famine. Military deaths from all causes deaths totaled from 21 to 25 million, including deaths in captivity of about 5 million prisoners of war.
Recent historical scholarship has shed new light on the topic of Second World War casualties. Research in Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union has caused a revision of estimates of Soviet WW2 fatalities.[3] According to Russian government figures, USSR losses within postwar borders now stand at 26.6 million.[4][5] In August 2009 the Polish Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) researchers estimated Poland's dead at between 5.6 and 5.8 million.[6] Historian Rüdiger Overmans of the German Armed Forces Military History Research Office published a study in 2000 that estimated the German military dead and missing at 5.3 million, including 900,000 men conscripted from outside of Germany's 1937 borders, in Austria, and in east-central Europe.[7][8][9] The People's Republic of China puts its war dead at 20 million,[10] while the Japanese government puts its casualties due to the war at 3.1 million[11]

Classification of casualties

Polish military officers executed by the Soviet NKVD in the Katyn massacre, exhumation photo taken by the Polish Red Cross delegation in 1943.
Compiling or estimating the numbers of deaths caused during wars and other violent conflicts is a controversial subject. Historians often put forward many different estimates of the numbers killed during World War II.[12] The authors of the Oxford Companion to World War II maintain that "casualty statistics are notoriously unreliable."[13] The table below gives data on the number of dead for each country, along with population information to show the relative impact of losses. When scholarly sources differ on the number of deaths in a country, a range of war losses is given, in order to inform readers that the death toll is disputed. Since casualty statistics are sometimes disputed the footnotes to this article present the different estimates by official governmental sources as well as historians. Military figures include battle deaths (KIA) and personnel missing in action (MIA), as well as fatalities due to accidents, disease and deaths of prisoners of war in captivity. Civilian casualties include deaths caused by strategic bombingHolocaust victimsGerman war crimesJapanese war crimespopulation transfers in the Soviet UnionAllied war crimes, and deaths due to war related famine and disease.
The sources for the casualties of the individual nations do not use the same methods, and civilian deaths due to starvation and disease are not given for Japan, Germany and several other highly stressed populations. The losses listed here are actual deaths; hypothetical losses due to a decline in births are not included with the total dead. The distinction between military and civilian casualties caused directly by warfare and collateral damage is not always clear-cut. For nations that suffered huge losses such as the Soviet Union, China, Poland, Germany, and Yugoslavia, sources can give only the total estimated population loss caused by the war and a rough estimate of the breakdown of deaths caused by military activity, crimes against humanity and war-related famine. The casualties listed here include 19 to 25 million war-related famine deaths in the USSR, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, India that are often omitted from other compilations of World War II casualties.[14][15] The footnotes give a detailed breakdown of the casualties and their sources, including data on the number of wounded where reliable sources are available.

Human losses by country

Total deaths

Human losses of World War II by country
(when the number of deaths in a country is disputed, a range of war losses is given)
The details of the figures are provided in the footnotes
CountryTotal population
1/1/1939
Military
deaths from all causes
Civilian deaths due to
military activity and crimes against humanity
Civilian deaths due to
war related famine and disease
Total
deaths
Deaths as % of
1939 population
 Albania A1,073,000[16]30,000[17]30,0002.80
 Australia B6,968,000[16]39,700[18]700[19]40,4000.58
 Austria (German-controlledC6,653,000[16]Included with German ArmyIncluded with Germany(see table below)S3
 Belgium D8,387,000[16]12,000[20]76,000[20]88,0001.05
 BrazilE40,289,000[16]1,000[21]1,000[22]2,0000.00
 BulgariaF6,458,000[16]18,500[21]3,000[23]21,5000.33
 Burma (British colony)G16,119,000[16]2,600[24]250,000[24]252,6001.57
 CanadaH11,267,000[16]42,000[25]1,600[26]43,6000.38
 China I517,568,000[16]3,000,000[27]
to 3,750,000+[28]
7,357,000[29]
to 8,191,000[30]
5,000,000
to 10,000,000
15,000,000[31]
to 20,000,000[31]
2.90 to 3.86
 CubaJ4,235,000[16]100[32]1000.00
 Czechoslovakia (in postwar 1945-1992 borders)K14,612,000[33]46,000[34]
to 35,000[35]
294,000[34] to
320,000[35]
340,000 to 355,0002.33 to 2.43
 DenmarkL3,795,000[16]6,000[36]6,0000.16
 Dutch East IndiesM69,435,000[16]11,500[37][38]300,000[39]2,400,000[40]
to 4,000,000[41]
3,000,000
to 4,000,000
4.3 to 5.76
 Egypt MA16,492,000[16]1,100[42]1,1000.00
 Estonia (within 1939 borders)N1,134,000[16]34,000(in both Soviet & German armed forces)[43]49,000[44]83,0007.3
 EthiopiaO17,700,000[16]15,000[45]85,000100,000[45]0.56
 FinlandP3,700,000[16]83,000[46] to 95,000[47]2,000[48]85,000 to 95,0002.30 to 2.57
France FranceQ(including colonies)41,680,000[48]210,000[48]390,000[48]600,0001.44
 French IndochinaR24,664,000[16]1,000,000
to 2,000,000[49]
1,000,000
to 2,200,000
4.05 to 8.11
 GermanyS69,300,000[50]4,440,000[51] to 5,318,000[52][53]1,500,000 S2
to 3,000,000S1
6,900,000
to 7,400,000
(see table below)S3
Greece GreeceT7,222,000[16]35,100[54]171,800[54]300,000[55]
to 600,000[54]
507,000
to 807,000
7.02 to 11.17
Guam GuamTA22,800[56]1,000[57]
to 2,000[58]
1,000
to 2,000
4.39 to 8.77
Hungary Hungary U9,129,000[56]300,000[59]264,000[60]564,0006.18
 IcelandV118,900[61]200[62]2000.17
 India (British)W377,800,000[63]87,000[64]1,500,000[65]
to 2,500,000[66]
1,600,000
to 2,600,000
0.42 to 0.69
 IranX14,340,000[67]200[68]2000.00
Iraq Iraq'Y3,698,000[69]500[68]200[70]7000.01
 IrelandZ2,960,000[71]Irish volunteers included with UK Armed Forces100[72]1000.00
 Italy (in postwar 1947 borders)AA44,394,000[73]319,200 Italian nationals[74] and c. 20,000 Africans conscripted by Italy[75][76]153,200[77]492,4001.06
 JapanAB71,380,000[78]2,100,000[79] to
2,300,000[80]
550,000[81] to
800,000[82]
2,500,000[83]
to 3,100,000[84]
3.50 to 4.34
 Korea (Japanese colony)AC24,326,000[56]Included with Japanese military483,000[85]
to 533,000[86]
483,000
to 533,000
1.99 to 2.19
 Latvia (within 1939 borders)AD1,994,500[56]30,000[87](in both Soviet and German Armies)220,000[88]250,00012.5
 Lithuania (within 1939 borders)AE2,575,000[78]25,000[89](in both Soviet and German Armies)345,000[90]370,00014.36
 LuxembourgAF295,000[78]Included with German & Belgian military5,000[48]5,0001.69
 Malaya & SingaporeAG5,118,000[91]100,000[92]100,0001.95
Malta Malta (British)AH269,000[56]Included with U.K.1,500[93]1,5000.55
 MexicoAI19,320,000[94]100[95]1000.00
 MongoliaAJ819,000[96]300[97]3000.04
Australia Nauru (Australian) AK3,400[56]500[98]50014.7
Pre-1962 Flag of Nepal (with spacing).svg Nepal BG6,087,000[56]Included with British Indian Army
 NetherlandsAL8,729,000[56]6,700[99]187,300[99]16,000[99]210,0002.41
 Newfoundland (British)AM320,000[100]1,100[101] (included with the U.K. & Canada)100[102]1,2000.03
 New ZealandAN1,629,000[56]11,700[103]11,7000.72
 NorwayAO2,945,000[104]2,000[48]8,200[105]10,2000.35
Australia Papua and New Guinea (Australian)AP1,292,000[56]15,000[106]15,0001.16
 Philippines (U.S. Territory)AQ16,000,303[107]27,000[108]164,000[108]336,000[108]527,0003.29
Poland Poland (within 1939 borders)AR34,849,000[109]240,000[110]5,620,000[111]
to 5,820,000[112]
5,900,000[113]
to 6,000,000[114]
16.93 to 17.22
 Portuguese TimorAS480,000[56]40,000[115]
to 70,000[115]
40,000
to 70,000
8.33 to 14.58
Romania Romania (in postwar 1945 borders) AT15,970,000[48]300,000[34]200,000[34]500,000[34]3.13
Belgium Ruanda-Urundi (Belgian)AU3,800,000[116]300,000[117]300,0007.89
South Africa South AfricaAW10,160,000[118]11,900[119]11,9000.12
Empire of Japan South Pacific Mandate (Japanese)AX127,000[120]10,000[121]10,0007.87
 Soviet Union (within 1946–91 borders[122])AY188,793,000[123][124]8,668,000[125][126] to 11,400,000[127][128][129][130]10,000,000[131][132][133]6,000,000 to 7,000,000[134][135]26,000,000 to 27,000,000[136][137][138][139][140](see table below) AY4
Spain Spain AZ25,637,000[141]Included with the German Army
 Sweden BA6,341,000[142]100.[143]2,000[144]2,1000.03
  SwitzerlandBB4,210,000[145]100[146]1000.00
 Thailand BC15,023,000[147]5,600[148]2,000[148]7,6000.05
Turkey Turkey BD17,370,000[149]200[150]2000.00
 United KingdomBEincluding British Colonies47,760,000[151]383,700[152]67,200[153]450,9000.94
 United StatesBF131,028,000[154]407,300 BF112,100BF2419,4000.32
 YugoslaviaBG15,490,000[155]300,000[156]
to 446,000[157]
581,000[157] to 1,400,000[156]1,027,000[157] to 1,700,000[156]6.63 to 10.97
Other nationsBH300,000,000
Approx. totals2,300,000,000[1]21,000,000
to 25,500,000
29,000,000
to 30,500,000
19,000,000
to 28,000,000
70,000,000
to 85,000,000
3.0 to 3.7
  • Figures are rounded to the nearest hundredth place.
  • Military casualties include deaths of regular military forces from combat as well as non-combat causes. Partisan and resistance fighter deaths are included with military losses. The deaths of prisoners of war in captivity and personnel missing in action are also included with military deaths. Whenever possible the details are given in the footnotes.
  • The armed forces of the various nations are treated as single entities, for example the deaths of Austrians, French and foreign nationals of German ancestry in eastern Europe in the Wehrmacht are included with German military losses.
  • The official casualty statistics published by the governments of the United States, France, and the UK do not give the details of the national origin, race and religion of the losses.
  • Civilian casualties include deaths caused by strategic bombingHolocaust victimsGerman war crimesJapanese war crimespopulation transfers in the Soviet UnionAllied war crimes, and deaths due to war related famine and disease. The exact breakdown is not always provided in the sources cited.

Nazi Germany

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Human losses of the Third Reich in World War II (included in above figures of total war dead) A detailed description is given in the footnotes for Germany and Austria.[11][12]^S3
CountryPopulation
1939
Military
deaths
Civilian deaths due to
Allied Strategic Bombing
Civilian deaths due to
Nazi persecution
Civilian deaths due Expulsion of GermansTotal
deaths
Deaths as
% of 1939
population
Austria6,653,000[16]250,000[158]to 261,000[159]24,000[158][160]100,000[161]370,000[161]5.56
Germany (within 1937 borders)[162]69,300,000[50]3,760,000[158]to 4,456,000[163]353,000(1942 borders)[164] to 410,000[158][165]300,000[166] to 500,000[167][168]400,000[169]to 1,225,000[158]5,700,000[170]8.23
Foreign nationals of German ancestry in eastern Europe[171]7,423,000[172]430,000[173]to 538,000[52]200,000[174]to 886,000[175]738,000[163][174]to 1,316,000[176]9.96 to 17.76
Foreign nationals in western Europe215,000[177]63,000[52]63,000[52]29.3
Approx. Totals83,500,0004,440,000[178]to 5,318,000[52]353,000[164] to 434,000[179]400,000[180][167] to 600,000[167][168][180]600,000[181]to 2,111,000[182]6,900,000 to 7,400,0008.26 to 8.86
  • German sources do not provide figures for Soviet citizens conscripted by Germany. Russian historian G.Krivosheev puts the losses of the "Vlasovites, Balts and Muslims etc." in German service at 215,000[183][184]

USSR

The estimated breakdown for each Soviet Republic of total war dead [13]^AY4
Soviet RepublicPopulation 1940 (within 1946-91 borders)Military deathsCivilian deaths due to
military activity and crimes against humanity
Civilian deaths due to
war related famine and disease
TotalDeaths as % of 1940 population
Armenia1,320,000150,00030,000180,00013.6%
Azerbaijan3,270,000210,00090,000300,0009.1%
Belarus9,050,000620,0001,360,000310,0002,290,00025.3%
Estonia1,050,00030,00050,00080,0007.6%
Georgia3,610,000190,000110,000300,0008.3%
Kazakhstan6,150,000310,000350,000660,00010.7%
Kyrgyzstan1,530,00070,00050,000120,0007.8%
Latvia1,890,00030,000190,00040,000260,00013.7%
Lithuania2,930,00025,000275,00075,000375,00012.7%
Moldova2,470,00050,00075,00045,000170,0006.9%
Russia110,100,0006,750,0004,100,0003,100,00013,950,00012.7%
Tajikistan1,530,00050,00070,000120,0007.8%
Turkmenistan1,300,00070,00030,000100,0007.7%
Ukraine41,340,0001,650,0003,700,0001,500,0006,850,00016.3%
Uzbekistan6,550,000330,000220,000550,0008.4%
Unidentified165,000130,000295,000
Total USSR194,090,00010,600,00010,000,0006,000,00026,600,00013.7%
The source of the figures is Vadim Erlikman. Poteri narodonaseleniia v XX veke: spravochnik. Moscow, 2004. ISBN 5-93165-107-1. pp 21–35. Erlikman, a Russian historian, notes that these figures are his estimates.

Holocaust deaths

Included in the figures of total war dead for each nation are victims of the Holocaust.

Jewish deaths

The Holocaust is the term generally used to describe the genocide of approximately six million European Jews during World War II. Martin Gilbert estimates 5.7 million (78%) of the 7.3 million Jews in German occupied Europe were Holocaust victims.[200] Estimates of Holocaust deaths range between 4.9 and 5.9 million Jews.[201]
Statistical breakdown of Jewish dead:
The figures for the pre-war Jewish population and deaths in the table below are from The Columbia Guide to the Holocaust.[201] The low, high and average percentage figures for deaths of the pre-war population have been added.
CountryPre-war Jewish population[201] in 1933Low estimate deaths[201]High estimate deaths.[201]Low %High %Average %
Austria191,000 (see footnote)50,00065,00026.2%34.0%30.1%
Belgium60,000 (see footnote)25,00029,00041.7%48.3%45.0%
Czech Republic[205]92,00077,00078,30083.7%85.1%84.4%
Denmark8,000601160.8 %1.5%1.1%
Estonia4,6001,5002,00032.6%43.5%38.0%
France260,000 (see footnote)75,00077,00028.8%29.6%29.2%
Germany566,000 (see footnote)135,000142,00023.9%25.1%24.5%
Greece73,00059,00067,00080.8%91.8%86.3%
Hungary (borders 1940)[206]725,000502,000569,00069.2%78.5%73.9%
Italy48,0006,5009,00013.5%18.8%16.1%
Latvia95,00070,00072,00073.7%75.8%74.7%
Lithuania155,000130,000143,00083.9%92.3%88.1%
Luxembourg3,5001,0002,00028.6%57.1%42.9%
Netherlands112,000 (see footnote)100,000105,00089.3%93.8%91.5%
Norway1,70080080047.1%47.1%47.1%
Poland (borders 1939)3,250,0002,700,0003,000,00083.1%92.3%87.7%
Romania (borders 1940)441,000121,000287,00027.4%65.1%46.3%
Slovakia89,00060,00071,00067.4%79.8%73.6%
Soviet Union (borders 1939)2,825,000700,0001,100,00024.8%38.9%31.9%
Yugoslavia68,00056,00065,00082.4%95.6%89.0%
Total9,067,0004,869,8605,894,71650.4% (avg.)59.7% (avg.)55.1% (avg.)
  • The total population figures from 1933 listed here are taken from The Columbia Guide to the Holocaust. From 1933 to 1939 about 400,000 Jews fled Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia. Some of these refugees were in western Europe when Germany occupied these countries in 1940. In 1940 there were 30,000 Jewish refugees in the Netherlands, 12,000 in Belgium, 30,000 in France, 2,000 in Denmark, 5,000 in Italy, and 2,000 in Norway[207]
  • Netherlands figure listed in the table of 112,000 Jews taken from The Columbia Guide to the Holocaust includes those Jews who were resident in Holland in 1933. By 1940 the Jewish population had increased to 140,000 with the inclusion of 30,000 Jewish refugees.[207] In the Netherlands 8,000 Jews in mixed marriages were not subject to deportation.[208] However an article in the Dutch periodical De Groene Amsterdammer maintains that some Jews in mixed marriages were deported before the practice was ended by Hitler.[209]
  • Hungarian Jewish Holocaust victims within the 1939 borders were 200,000.[210]
  • Romanian Jewish Holocaust victims totalled 469,000 within 1939 borders, which includes 300,000 in Bessarabia and Bukovina occupied by the U.S.S.R. in 1940.[210][211]
  • According to Martin Gilbert, Jewish Holocaust victims totalled 8,000 in Italy, and 562 in the Italian colony of Libya[212]

Non-Jews persecuted and killed by Nazi and Nazi-affiliated forces

Some scholars maintain that the definition of the Holocaust should also include the other victims persecuted and killed by the Nazis.[213][214]
  • Donald L. Niewyk professor of history at Southern Methodist University maintains that the Holocaust can be defined in four ways: first, that it was the genocide of the Jews alone; second, that there were several parallel Holocausts, one for each of the several groups; third, the Holocaust would include Roma and the handicapped along with the Jews; fourth, it would include all racially motivated German crimes, such as the murder of Soviet prisoners of war, Polish and Soviet civilians, as well as political prisoners, religious dissenters, and homosexuals. Using this definition, the total number of Holocaust victims is between 11 million and 17 million people.[215]
  • According to the College of Education of the University of South Florida Approximately 11 million people were killed because of Nazi genocidal policy.[216]
  • R.J. Rummel estimated the death toll due to Nazi Democide at 20.9 million persons.[217]
  • Timothy Snyder put the victims of the Nazis killed only as result of deliberate policies of mass murder such as executions, deliberate famine and in death camps at 10.4 million persons including 5.4 million Jews.[218]
  • German scholar Hellmuth Auerbach puts the death toll in the Hitler era at 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust and 7 million other victims of the Nazis.[219]
  • Dieter Pohl puts the total number of victims of the Nazi era at between 12 and 14 million persons, including 5.6–5.7 million Jews.[220]
  • Roma Included in the figures of total war dead are the Roma victims of the Nazi persecution, some scholars include the Roma deaths with the Holocaust. Most estimates of Roma (Gypsies) victims range from 130,000 to 500,000.[215][221] Ian Hancock, Director of the Program of Romani Studies and the Romani Archives and Documentation Center at the University of Texas at Austin, has argued in favour of a higher figure of between 500,000 and 1,500,000 Roma dead.[222] Hancock writes that, proportionately, the death toll equaled "and almost certainly exceed[ed], that of Jewish victims".[223] In a 2010 publication, Ian Hancock stated that he agrees with the view that the number of Romanis killed has been underestimated as a result of being grouped with others in Nazi records under headings such as "remainder to be liquidated", "hangers-on" and "partisans".[224]
The following figures are from The Columbia Guide to the Holocaust, the authors maintain that "statistics on Gypsy losses are especially unreliable and controversial. These figures (cited below) are based on necessarily rough estimates".[225]
CountryPre-war Roma populationLow estimate victimsHigh estimate victims
Austria11,2006,8008,250
Belgium600350500
Czech Republic[205]13,0005,0006,500
Estonia1,0005001,000
France40,00015,15015,150
Germany20,00015,00015,000
Greece?5050
Hungary100,0001,00028,000
Italy25,0001,0001,000
Latvia5,0001,5002,500
Lithuania1,0005001,000
Luxembourg200100200
Netherlands500215500
Poland50,0008,00035,000
Romania300,00019,00036,000
Slovakia80,00040010,000
Soviet Union (borders 1939)200,00030,00035,000
Yugoslavia100,00026,00090,000
Total947,500130,565285,650
  • Handicapped persons: 200,000 to 250,000 handicapped persons were killed.[226] A 2003 report by the German Federal Archive put the total murdered during the Action T4 and Action 14f13 programs at 200,000.[227][228]
  • Prisoners of War: POW deaths in Nazi captivity totalled 3.1 million[229] including 2.6 to 3 million Soviet prisoners of war.[230]
  • Ethnic Poles: According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum "It is estimated that the Germans killed at least 1.9 million non-Jewish Polish civilians during World War II." [231] They maintain that "Documentation remains fragmentary, but today scholars of independent Poland believe that 1.8 to 1.9 million Polish civilians (non-Jews) were victims of German Occupation policies and the war."[232] However the Polish government affiliated Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) in 2009 estimated 2,770,000 ethnic Polish deaths due to the German occupation [233](see World War II casualties of Poland).
  • RussiansUkrainians and Belarusians: According to Nazi ideology, Slavs were useless sub-humans. As such, their leaders, the Soviet elite, were to be killed and the remainder of the population enslaved or expelled further eastward. As a result, millions of civilians in the Soviet Union were deliberately killed, starved, or worked to death.[234] Contemporary Russian sources use the terms "genocide" and "premeditated extermination" when referring to civilian losses in the occupied USSR. Civilians killed in reprisals during the Soviet partisan war and wartime-related famine account for a major part of the huge toll.[235] The Cambridge History of Russia puts overall civilian deaths in the Nazi-occupied USSR at 13.7 million persons including 2 million Jews. There were an additional 2.6 million deaths in the interior regions of the Soviet Union. The authors maintain "scope for error in this number is very wide". At least 1 million perished in the wartime GULAG camps or in deportations. Other deaths occurred in the wartime evacuations and due to war related malnutrition and disease in the interior. The authors maintain that both Stalin and Hitler "were both responsible but in different ways for these deaths", and "In short the general picture of Soviet wartime losses suggests a jigsaw puzzle. The general outline is clear: people died in colossal numbers but in many different miserable and terrible circumstances. But individual pieces of the puzzle do not fit well; some overlap and others are yet to be found".[236] Bohdan Wytwycky maintained that civilian losses of 3.0 million Ukrainians and 1.4 million Belarusians "were racially motivated".[237][238] According to Paul Robert Magocsi, between 1941 and 1945, approximately 3,000,000 Ukrainian and other non-Jewish victims were killed as part of Nazi extermination policies in the territory of modern Ukraine.[239] Dieter Pohl puts the total number of victims of the Nazi policies in the USSR at 500,000 civilians killed in the repression of partisans, 1.0 million victims of the Nazi Hunger Plan, c. 3.0 million Soviet POW and 1.0 million Jews (in pre-war borders).[240] Soviet author Georgiy A. Kumanev put the civilian death toll in the Nazi-occupied USSR at 8.2 million (4.0 million Ukrainians, 2.5 million Belarusians, and 1.7 million Russians).[241]A report published by the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1995 put the death toll due to the German occupation at 13.7 million civilians (including Jews): 7.4 million victims of Nazi genocide and reprisals; 2.2 million persons deported to Germany for forced labor; and 4.1 million famine and disease deaths in occupied territory. Sources published in the Soviet Union were cited to support these figures.[242]
  • Homosexuals: According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum "Between 1933 and 1945 the police arrested an estimated 100,000 men as homosexuals. Most of the 50,000 men sentenced by the courts spent time in regular prisons, and between 5,000 and 15,000 were interned in concentration camps." They also noted that there are no known statistics for the number of homosexuals who died in the camps.[243]
  • Other victims of Nazi persecution: Between 1,000 and 2,000 Roman Catholic clergy,[244] about 1,000 Jehovah's Witnesses,[245] and an unknown number of Freemasons[246] perished in Nazi prisons and camps. "The fate of black people from 1933-45 in Nazi Germany and in German-occupied territories ranged from isolation to persecution, sterilization, medical experimentation, incarceration, brutality, and murder."[247] During the Nazi era Communists, Socialists, Social Democrats, and trade union leaders were victims of Nazi persecution.[248]
  • Serbs: The numbers of Serbs murdered by the Ustaše is the subject of debate and estimates vary widely. Yad Vashem estimates over 500,000 murdered, 250,000 expelled and 200,000 forcibly converted to Catholicism.[249] The estimate of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is that the Ustaše murdered between 320,000 and 340,000 ethnic Serbs in the Independent State of Croatia between 1941–45, with roughly 45,000 to 52,000 murdered at the Jasenovac concentration camp alone.[250] According to the Wiesenthal Center at least 90,000 Serbs, Jews, Gypsies and anti-fascist Croatians perished at the hands of the Ustashe at the camp at Jasenovac.[251] According to Yugoslav sources published in the Tito era the estimates of the number of Serb victims range from 200,000 to at least 600,000 persons.[252] See also World War II persecution of Serbs.

Japanese war crimes

Included with total war dead are victims of Japanese war crimes.
  • R. J. Rummel estimates the civilian victims of Japanese democide at 5,424,000. Detailed by country: China 3,695,000; Indochina 457,000; Korea 378,000; Indonesia 375,000; Malaya-Singapore 283,000; Philippines 119,000, Burma 60,000 and Pacific Islands 57,000.
Rummel estimates POW deaths in Japanese custody at 539,000 Detailed by country: China 400,000; French Indochina 30,000; Philippines 27,300; Netherlands 25,000; France 14,000; Britain 13,000; British Colonies 11,000; US 10,700; Australia 8,000.[15][253]
  • Werner Gruhl estimates the civilian deaths at 20,365,000. Detailed by country: China 12,392,000; Indochina 1,500,000; Korea 500,000; Dutch East Indies 3,000,000; Malaya and Singapore 100,000; Philippines 500,000; Burma 170,000; Forced laborers in Southeast Asia 70,000, 30,000 interned non-Asian civilians; Timor 60,000; Thailand and Pacific Islands 60,000.[254]
Gruhl estimates POW deaths in Japanese captivity at 331,584. Detailed by country: China 270,000; Netherlands 8,500; Britain 12,433; Canada 273; Philippines 20,000; Australia 7,412; New Zealand 31; and the United States 12,935.[254]

Oppression in the Soviet Union

The total war dead in the USSR includes victims of Soviet oppression. The number of deaths in the Gulag labor camps increased as a result of wartime overcrowding and food shortages.[258] The Stalin regime deported the entire populations of ethnic minorities considered to be potentially disloyal.[259] Since 1990 Russian scholars have been given access to the Soviet-era archives and have published data on the numbers of people executed and those who died in Gulag labor camps and prisons.[260] The Russian scholar Viktor Zemskov puts the death toll from 1941–1945 at about 1 million based on data from the Soviet archives.[261] The Soviet-era archive figures on the Gulag labor camps has been the subject of a vigorous academic debate outside Russia since their publication in 1991. J. Arch Getty and Stephen G. Wheatcroft maintain that Soviet-era figures more accurately detail the victims of the Gulag labor camp system in the Stalin era.[262][263] Robert Conquest and Steven Rosefielde have disputed the accuracy of the data from the Soviet archives, maintaining that the demographic data and testimonials by survivors of the Gulag labor camps indicate a higher death toll.[264][265] Rosefielde posits that the release of the Soviet Archive figures is disinformation generated by the modern KGB.[266] Rosefielde maintains that the data from the Soviet archives is incomplete; for example, he pointed out that the figures do not include the 22,000 victims of the Katyn massacre.[267] Rosefielde's demographic analysis puts the number of excess deaths due to Soviet repression at 2,183,000 in 1939–40 and 5,458,000 from 1941–1945.[268] Michael Haynes and Rumy Husun accept the figures from the Soviet archives as being an accurate tally of Stalin's victims, they maintain that the demographic data depicts an underdeveloped Soviet economy and the losses in World War Two rather than indicating a higher death toll in the Gulag labor camps.[269]
In August 2009 the Polish Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) researchers estimated 150,000 Polish citizens were killed due to Soviet repression. Since the collapse of the USSR, Polish scholars have been able to do research in the Soviet archives on Polish losses during the Soviet occupation.[198] Andrzej Paczkowski puts the number of Polish deaths at 90,000–100,000 of the 1.0 million persons deported and 30,000 executed by the Soviets.[270] In 2005 Tadeusz Piotrowski estimated the death toll in Soviet hands at 350,000.[271]
The Estonian State Commission for the Examination of Repressive Policies Carried out During the Occupations put civilian deaths due to the Soviet occupation in 1940–1941 at 33,900 including (7,800 deaths) of arrested people, (6,000) deportee deaths, (5,000) evacuee deaths, (1,100) people gone missing and (14,000) conscripted for forced labor. After the reoccupation by the U.S.S.R., 5,000 Estonians died in Soviet prisons during 1944–45.[272]
The following is a summary of the data from the Soviet archives:
Reported deaths for the years 1939–1945 1,187,783, including: judicial executions 46,350; deaths in Gulag labor camps 718,804; deaths in labor colonies and prisons 422,629.[273]
Deported to special settlements: (figures are for deportations to Special Settlements only, not including those executed, sent to Gulag labor camps or conscripted into the Soviet Army. Nor do the figures include additional deportations after the war).
Deported from annexed territories 1940–41 380,000 to 390,000 persons, including: Poland 309–312,000; Lithuania 17,500; Latvia 17,000; Estonia 6,000; Moldova 22,842.[274] In August 1941, 243,106 Poles living in the Special Settlements were amnestied and released by the Soviets.[275]
Deported during the War 1941–1945 about 2.3 million persons of Soviet ethnic minorities including: Soviet Germans 1,209,000; Finns 9,000; Karachays 69,000; Kalmyks 92,000;Chechens and Ingush 479,000; Balkars 37,000; Crimean Tatars 191,014; Meskhetian Turks 91,000; Greeks, Bulgarians and Armenians from Crimea 42,000; Ukrainian OUN members 100,000; Poles 30,000.[276]
A total of 2,230,500[277] persons were living in the settlements in October 1945 and 309,100 deaths were reported in special settlements for the years 1941–1948.[278]
Russian sources list Axis prisoner of war deaths of 580,589 in Soviet captivity based on data in the Soviet archives (Germany 381,067; Hungary 54,755; Romania 54,612; Italy 27,683; Finland 403, and Japan 62,069).[279] However some western scholars estimate the total at between 1.7 and 2.3 million.[280]

Military casualties by branch of service

CountryBranch of serviceNumber servedKilled/missingWoundedPrisoners of war CapturedPercent killed
GermanyArmy[281]13,600,0004,202,00030.9
GermanyAir Force (including infantry units)[281]2,500,000433,00017.3
GermanyNavy[281]1,200,000138,00011.5
GermanyWaffen SS[281]900,000314,00034.9
GermanyVolkssturm and other Paramilitary Forces[281]231,000
GermanyTotal (incl. conscripted foreigners)18,200,0005,318,0006,035,00011,100,00029.2
Japan[282][283]Army (1937–1945)6,300,0001,326,07685,60030,00024.2
JapanNavy (1941–1945)2,100,000414,8798,90010,00019.8
JapanPOW dead after Surrender.[284][285][286]381,000
JapanImperial Japan Total8,400,0002,121,95594,50040,00025.3
ItalyArmy3,040,000246,4328.1
ItalyNavy259,082[287]31,34712.0
ItalyAir Force130,000[288]13,21010.2
ItalyPartisan forces80,000[289] to 250,000[290][291]15,1976 to 19
ItalyRSI forces520,000[292]13,0212.5
ItalyTotal Italy3,430,000[293][294]319,207[295]320,0001,300,000[296]9.3
Soviet Union (1939–40)All branches of service[297]136,945205,924
Soviet Union (1941–45)All branches of service[298]34,476,7008,668,40014,685,5934,050,00025.1
Soviet UnionConscripted Reservists not yet in active service (see note below)[299]500,000
Soviet UnionCivilians in POW camps (see note below)[300]1,000,0001,750,000
Soviet UnionParamilitary and Soviet partisan units[301]400,000
Soviet UnionTotal Soviet Forces34,476,70010,725,34514,915,5175,750,00031.1
British Empire and Commonwealth[302][303][304]All branches of service17,843,000580,497475,000318,0003.3
United States[305]Army[306]11,260,000318,274565,861124,079[306][307]2.8
United StatesAir Force (included with Army)[306](3,400,000)(88,119)(17,360)2.5
United StatesNavy4,183,44662,61437,7783,848[308]1.5
United StatesMarine Corps669,10024,51168,2072,274[309][310]3.7
United StatesCoast Guard[311]241,0931,9170.8
United StatesTotal U.S. Armed Forces16,353,639407,316671,846130,201[312][313]2.5
Germany
  1. The number killed in action was 2,303,320; died of wounds, disease or accidents 500,165; 11,000 sentenced to death by court martial; 2,007,571 missing in action or unaccounted for after the war; 25,000 suicides; 12,000 unknown;[314]459,475 confirmed POW deaths, of whom 77,000 were in the custody of the U.S., UK and France; and 363,000 in Soviet custody. POW deaths includes 266,000 in the post-war period after June 1945, primarily in Soviet captivity.[315]
  2. Rüdiger Overmans writes "It seems entirely plausible, while not provable, that one half of the 1.5 million missing on the eastern front were killed in action, the other half (700,000) however in fact died in Soviet custody".[316]
  3. Soviet sources list the deaths of 474,967 of the 2,652,672 German Armed Forces POW taken in the war.[317]
USSR
  1. Estimated total Soviet military war dead from 1941–45 on the Eastern Front (World War II) including missing in actionPOWs and Soviet partisans range from 8.6 to 10.6 million.[301] There were an additional 127,000 war dead in 1939–40 during the Winter War with Finland.[318]
  2. The official figures for military war dead and missing from 1941–45 are 8,668,400 comprising 6,329,600 combat related deaths, 555,500 non-combat deaths.[319] 500,000 missing in action and 1,103,300 POW dead and another 180,000 liberated POWs who most likely emigrated to other countries.[320][321][322] Figures include Navy losses of 154,771.[323]Non-combat deaths include 157,000 sentenced to death by court martial.[324]
  3. Casualties in 1939–40 include the following dead and missing, Battle of Khalkhin Gol in 1939 (8,931); Invasion of Poland of 1939 (1,139); Winter War with Finland (1939–40) (126,875).[297]
  4. The number of wounded includes 2,576,000 permanently disabled.[325]
  5. The official Russian figure for total POW held by the Germans is 4,059,000; the number of Soviet POW who survived the war was 2,016,000, including 180,000 who most likely emigrated to other countries, and an additional 939,700 POW and MIA who were redrafted as territory was liberated. This leaves 1,103,000 POW dead. However, western historians put the number of POW held by the Germans at 5.7 million and about 3 million as dead in captivity (in the official Russian figures 1.1 million are military POW and remaining balance of about 2 million are included with civilian war dead).[320][326]
  6. Conscripted reservists is an estimate of men called up, primarily in 1941, who were killed in battle or died as POWs before being listed on active strength. Soviet and Russian sources classify these losses as civilian deaths.[327]
British Commonwealth
  1. Number served: UK and Crown Colonies (5,896,000); India-(British colonial administration) (2,582,000), Australia (993,000); Canada (1,100,000); New Zealand (295,000); South Africa (250,000).[328]
  2. Total war related deaths reported by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission: UK and Crown Colonies (383,786); India-(British colonial administration) (87,032), Australia (40,464); Canada (45,383); New Zealand (11,929); South Africa (11,903).[329]
  3. Total military dead for the United Kingdom alone(according to preliminary 1945 figures): 264,443. Royal Navy (50,758); British Army (144,079); Royal Air Force (69,606).[330][331]
  4. Wounded: UK and Crown Colonies (284,049); India-(British colonial administration) (64,354), Australia (39,803); Canada (53,174); New Zealand (19,314); South Africa (14,363).[303][332][333]
  5. Prisoner of war: UK and Crown Colonies (180,488); India-(British colonial administration) (79,481); Australia (26,358); South Africa (14,750); Canada (9,334); New Zealand (8,415).[303][332][333]
  6. The Debt of Honour Register from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission lists the 1.7m men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died during the two world wars.[334]
U.S.
  1. Battle deaths (including POWs who died in captivity, does not include those who died of disease and accidents)[306]were 292,131: Army 234,874 (including Army Air Forces 52,173); Navy 36,950; Marine Corps 19,733; and Coast Guard 574 (185,924 deaths occurred in the European/Atlantic theater of operations and 106,207 deaths occurred in Asia/Pacific theater of operations).[306][335]
  2. During World War II, 14,059 American POWs died in enemy captivity throughout the war (12,935 held by Japan and 1,124 held by Germany).[336]
  3. During World War II, 1.2 million African Americans served in the U.S. Armed Forces and 708 were killed in action. 350,000 American women served in the Armed Forces during World War II and 16 were killed in action.[337] During World War II, 26,000 Japanese-Americans served in the Armed Forces and over 800 were killed in action.[338]

Commonwealth military casualties

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Annual Report 2014–2015[339] is the source of the military dead for the British Empire. The war dead totals listed in the report are based on the research by the CWGC to identify and commemorate Commonwealth war dead. The statistics tabulated by the CWGC are representative of the number of names commemorated for all servicemen/women of the Armed Forces of the Commonwealth and former UK Dependencies, whose death was attributable to their war service. Some auxiliary and civilian organizations are also accorded war grave status if death occurred under certain specified conditions. For the purposes of CWGC the dates of inclusion for Commonwealth War Dead are 3 September 1939 to 31 December 1947.

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