... anyone who sided with the enemy was a coward and a traitor, end of story.
Ok, by this statement you have showen me, that you don't know what you are talking about. When in 1941 the Germans on the annexed territory brought out the Volksliste,
my ancestors and hundred of thousand other people from the annexed territory were asked, if they want to become a German citizen of the third and last class (Volksliste 3, the polish exil government even advised these men to do so and desert later) and get forced to go to the Wehrmacht, or stay a Polish citizen and a "subhuman" in the eyes of the Germans, and get maybe deported within the next days to Stutthof or somewhere else. Most of these "DVL 3 - men" were known as the most unreliable soldiers and most of them deserted anyway as quick as they could to the allies (So did mine :D).
Wich option would you have chosen if you were married and had little children? Before they had to sign the DVL, they were treated like ****. 2 of my ancestors were killed by Germans because they were in their eyes worthless "subhumans". Also traitors I guess?
I stress anyone who sided with the enemy was a coward and a traitor, end of story.
Well, if you want to "stress" 90 year old "traitors" any longer you need to hurry my friend... And by the way: Stop generalizing. The vast majority of Kashubs, Poles etc. from the annexed territory did defently not collaborate with the Germans voluntarily, they were forced. Period.