July 1941. Dutch volunteers are gathering at a Waffen-SS office to sign up for service at the Eastern front. About 25,000 Dutchmen fought voluntarily within the ranks of the Waffen-SS during the WorldWar II. The Dutch formed the largest contingent non-German volunteers from all countries occupied by Germany. After the war SS-volunteers were often considered traitors. Their position remains a thorny issue in Dutch history. Photo Nationaal Archief / Stapf Bilderdienst. #amsterdam #worldwar2
A recruiting poster of the Waffen SS on a building in Amsterdam. About Dutch citizens were recruited into the Waffen SS during the Nazi occupation and most of them fought at the east-front. More than 7000 of them died in battle.
- - Croatia/NDH - This is an undated photograph found on a dead SS man showing members of the Bosnian Muslim units that served in the Waffen SS. The SS Muslims committed horrendous atrocities in Yugoslavia and on the Eastern Front.