Czech Hell

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The Czech Hell (Estonian: Tšehhi põrgu) involved the imprisonment and summary execution of unarmed soldiers and officers of the 20th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Estonian) in Czechoslovakia at the end of WWII:

The provisional government of Czechoslovakia was proclaimed on 5 April 1945. The Communist Party seized a third of the national government, including the ministers of the Interior and Defence. Communist propaganda and actions contributed to large-scale atrocities against Germans and their allies, including the Estonians.

Czech partisans demanded that German units surrendered their arms, which the Estonians did. The surrendered German troops included thousands of officers and soldiers of the Estonian Division. They had been forcefully drafted into the Waffen-SS and had received no special training apart from the regular military drill; they had also not committed any war crimes. Regardless, the partisans chased down and took some of the unarmed men prisoner, tortured and humiliated them.

The number of prisoners of war killed has been estimated as 500−1000, but the actual number is unknown.

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