October 11, 1999
|Now I have some film that I obtained from the Kiev archive which shows the Division shortly after it was organized marching off to boot camp heading for the trains that were gonna take them to where they were gonna be trained, where they got their basic training. And the film is interesting because it's captured German newsreel film. These were the films the Germans took to celebrate, to advertise, to promote the Division. And what you see are swastika banners all over the place. You also see the tryzub, the the Neptune's fork, which became the Divisional insignia, and the swastikas and the tryzub, and you see this massive group of Nazi dignitaries taking the salute as these boys marched by. And they get on to trains which are already chalked, there are chalk marks on the sides of the train showing cartoons of Jews hanging from nooses. This was gonna be their mission, this is what they were marching off to war to do.|
|Departing volunteers. 18 July 1943.||Some of the symbols drawn on the railway cars. Of interest is the "Buvaite Zdorov Rekliamatsiyni!" (Simple translation: "Stay Healthy, Reclaimed Heroes!") Rekliamatsiyni was a slang term utilized by the Divisions volunteers for the many thousands who earlier pretended to volunteer but when the time came to leave, found various excuses to avoid service. Needless to say, the Divisions personnel looked upon them with distaste, disgust and viewed them as cowards and men with low esteem.|
|Michael O. Logusz, Galicia Division: The Waffen-SS 14th Grenadier Division 1943-1945, Schiffer Military History, Atglen PA, 1997, among the photographs between pp. 352-353.|
German soldiers on the way to Poland. The inscription on the railway car reads: "We are going to Poland to strike at the Jews." On the left, an antisemitic drawing of a Jew.|
The Pictorial History of the Holocaust, Edited by Yitzhak Arad, Macmillan Publishing Company, NY, 1990, p. 71.
Found on the Internet at http://www.fmv.ulg.ac.be/schmitz/Holocaust/soldr1.html