Accepted Paper:

World War II: Searching on Kazakhs in France and Belgium  


Gulnara Mendikulova (Satbayev University)

Paper long abstract:

In my paper I examine an understudied aspect of Kazakh participation in World War II, focusing on those Kazakhs who fought with Nazi and buried in France and Belgium.

As you know a few years I try conduct complex and comparative-analytical research on the theme on participation of the Kazakhs (Soviet prisoners of war) to Resistance Movements during the Second World War.

One of the most important successes in conducting research on this issue, for the first time discovered documents on Kazakh participation to the Resistance movement in the Southern France in French archives. In 2016 in the CESS conference in Princeton I told about these findings in French archives which were the evidences of Kazakh participation to the resistance movement on the southern part of France.

Now I found new documents and photos concerning to Kazakhs in the WWII, the author found in different parts of France and Belgium, such as near Gent, Brussels, Strasbourg, Metz, Biarritz and others.

I would like to present these new achievements as a chief of International research project "Kazakhs in the WWII: New Documents from Foreign Archives", which is financed by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan. This project will represent a significant contribution to understandings of the international dimensions of Kazakh participation in World War II.

Panel HIS-10
Writing and Re-Writing the History of Soviet Kazakhstan