|Secret Criminal Proceedings Against the Last Volga German Government during the Years 1944-46 (monograph series)
by Dr. Viktor Krieger, University of Heidelberg
Translated by Alex Herzog
It is well known that in an official decree dated August 28, 1941, the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet (Prezidum Verkhovnogo Soveta - PVS) of the USSR raised extremely serious accusations against the Volga Germans: "According to reliable reports received from military authorities, among the German population living in the region of the Volga exist thousands and tens of thousands of subversives and spies which are now awaiting a signal from German that they should explode bombs in the region settled by Volga Germans." These assertions would soon be grounds for dissolving the Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic of the Volga Germans (ASSR de Wolgadeutschen - ASSRdWD) and to deport and deprive of all basic rights all Soviet citizens of German ancestry.