Our Flemish correspondent VH has done some research on the role played by the Muslims of Central Asia in World War 2, in collaboration with the Nazis:
When trying to find out a bit more about the Turkistan Muslims in Xinjiang, I stumbled upon this photo.
Though Muslim Nazi collaboration is mostly known for the notorious Muslim Handschar (Sword) SS division, the Turkistan Muslims were incorporated into the volunteer Östtürkischer Waffen-Verband der SS and fought mainly in France, North Italy, and — like the Handschar — in Yugoslavia. They were involved in the killing of over 800,000 Yugoslav citizens — 750,000 Serbs, 60,000 Jews and 26,000 Roma, with the help of Muslims in Bosnia (Bosnian 13th Waffen Handschar), Kosovo and Albania (Albanian Skanderbeg 21st Waffen SS division).
The first “Turkistan Legion” was mobilized in May 1942, originally consisting of only one battalion but having been expanded to 16 battalions and 16,000 soldiers by 1943 (Öst Battalions).
The all-Muslim “Turkistanische Legion” wore a badge picturing a mosque and the text “BiZ ALLA Bilen, TURKISTAN”: “Allah is with us, Turkistan,” equivalent of Gott mit uns (God with us), which was the German Army motto).
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There is also a film of this Muslim-National Socialists alliance, “Uyghur s army and German troops (Turkistanische legion)”:
And here’s a still from the movie.
Maybe all this is well known, but I was surprised to find out that even Turkistan Muslims (and Muslims from the surrounding region) were involved in the National Socialist struggle. The Muslim contribution to the Nazi bloodshed is from a wider source than I — in all my innocence — ever thought.