On Friday, Estonia granted burial with full military honours to a decorated Waffen-SS collaborator who fought against the Red Army during the VOV. Harald Nugiseks, the last surviving Estonian recipient of Nazi Germany’s Knight’s Cross, died on 2 January at the age of 93. Estonian collaboration with the Nazis causes widespread revulsion in neighbouring Russia, but many Estonians view it as a necessity, as a means of achieving national independence. Nugiseks’ grave is in the Estonian Soldiers Memorial Church in Türi. Brigadier General Meelis Kiili, commander of the Estonian Defence League, retired high-ranking military officers, and local officials attended the ceremony. Earlier, Estonian Defence Minister Urmas Reinsalu expressed condolences to the relatives of the deceased Nazi collaborator, saying, “He [Nugiseks] was a legendary Estonian soldier whose tragedy was that he couldn’t fight for Estonian freedom in an Estonian uniform”.
Nugiseks served the Nazis as a volunteer in 1941; later, he was a soldier in the 20. Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1. Estonian). He was one of four Estonian recipients of the Third Reich’s highest award for battlefield bravery. Nugiseks became a prisoner of war after his division surrendered in 1945; the Soviet authorities sentenced him to a Siberian labour camp, where he stayed until 1958. After Estonia became independent in 1991, Nugiseks received the honorary rank of captain in the Defence Forces. An estimated 80,000 Estonian collaborators fought alongside Nazi forces during the VOV. Russia condemns the present glorification of Nazism in Estonia, where reunions of Nazi collaborationists and parades in honour of former Waffen-SS soldiers occur annually.
10 January 2014
Let’s keep it brief. Not only does the Republican Party applaud Nazi collaborationism in Estonia (and in Latvia and the Ukraine as well) now, it did so in the immediate post-World War II period. Indeed, American career military officers (most of whom were Republicans) sheltered Nazi collaborators out of hatred for leftist politics. Had the SS Cossacks been in the American occupation zone, they would’ve escaped repatriation… for many American officers spat on the agreements made with the USSR… out of not only loathing for the USSR, but out of extreme dislike for FDR and his policies. They haven’t changed their spots, kids. Shitbirds of a feather DO flock together. Remember that on Election Day.