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Pawns of Yalta: Soviet Refugees and America's Role in Their Repatriation

Pawns of Yalta: Soviet Refugees and America's Role in Their Repatriation
By Mark R. Elliott
287 pp, University of Illinois Press, 1982
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The Western allies and the Soviet Union agreed at Yalta that nationals of each found behind the other's lines during the liberation of Europe from German control would be turned over without regard to the wishes of the individuals concerned. In practice, this meant that the British and Americans often delivered Soviet citizens for imprisonment or execution in their homeland. This account of a sickening episode in history is based on thorough research into American archives and a mastery of the existing literature in English and Russian.