Traitors, Betrayers, Collaborators

National Archives & Records Administration (US)

  • Reports About Helpers and Betrayers – NARA has provided on-line access to scanned files on this subject at:  After clicking on this link, click on the box labeled “Search Within This Series.”  Next, select “RAMP Reports,” which contains 232 pages.  Some pages are repeats of a form used as an illustration as to how to fill out the “Helpers and Betrayers” form.  Use the arrows in the lower right corner to navigate through the images.  There are other reports in addition to the RAMP Reports.

Some of the Most Notorious Traitors and Collaborators

Cole, Harold

Degrelle, Leon

Desoubrie, Jacques

Dezitter, Prosper

Lindemans, Christiaan (“King Kong”) (King Kong is a highly controversial figure in The Netherlands and there has been an ongoing debate as to whether he was responsible for the Arnhem debacle.  The following links are just a few of what is available.)

Van Muylem, René  (Van Muylem was responsible for the capture of 177 Allied airmen and the arrest of some 50-60 members of the Resistance.  He worked for the Abwehr,  German Military Intelligence, and ran the false escape line known as the KLM Line. )

World War II Collaborators & Foreign Volunteers

Books About Traitors, Betrayers, and Collaborators

  • Azema, Jean-Pierre and Robert Paxton, Eye of Vichy (video), directed by Claude Chabrol, First Run Features Home Video, 1993.
  • Beevor, Antony and Artemis Cooper, Paris after the Liberation, 1944-1949, London: Penguin Books, 2004.
  • Bishop, Chris, Hitler’s Foreign Divisions, Foreign Volunteers in the Waffen SS 1940-1945, London: Amber Books, 2005.
  • Bullock, John, Akin to Treason, London: Arthur Barker Ltd., 1966.
  • Burrin, Philippe, France Under the Germans, Collaboration and Compromise, New York: The New Press, 1997 (?) (English translation 1996).
  • Claus, Hugo, (translated from the Dutch by Arnold J. Pomerans), The Sorrow of Belgium, New York: Pantheon Books,1990.  [This is a novel, apparently based on the author’s experiences.]
  • Davies, Peter, Dangerous Liaisons: Collaboration and World War Two, London: Pearson Longman, 2004.
  • Deak, Istvan; Gross, Jan T., and Judt, Tony, The Politics of Retribution in Europe: World War II and its Aftermath, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000.    Contains two chapters on Belgium, Coway, Martin, “Justice in Postwar Belgium: Popular Passions and Political Realities”, and Huyse, Luc, “The Criminal Justice System As a Political Actor in Regime Transitions: The Case of Belgium, 1944-50,” and one on the Netherlands.
  • Dekkers, Frans, King Kong, The Hague: HP-Balans, 1986.
  • De Bruyne, Eddy and Marc Rikmenspoel, For Rex and Belgium, Léon Degrelle and Walloon Political and Military Collaboration, 1940-1945, West Midlands, England: Helion & Co., Ltd., 2004.
  • Hirschfeld, Gerhard, Nazi Rule and Dutch Collaboration: The Netherlands Under German Occupation 1940-1945.  New York: Berg Publishers, 1988.
  • Littlejohn, David, Foreign Legions of the Third Reich, Vol. 2, Belgium, Great Britain, Holland, Italy, and Spain, San Jose, California: James Bender Publishing, 1981.
  • Littlejohn, David, The Patriotic Traitors, the History of Collaboration in German-Occupied Europe, 1940-45, Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday & Co., 1972.
  • Muñoz, Antonio J., Hitler’s Green Army, The German Order Police and Their European Auxiliaries, Vol. 1, Western Europe and Scandinavia, New York: Europa Books, 2005.
  • Murphy, Brendan, Turncoat, The Strange Case of British Sergeant Harold Cole, “The Worst Traitor of the War”, New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1987.
  • Murphy, Sean, Letting the Side Down, British Traitors of the Second World War, Thrupp, Stroud, Gloucestershire: Sutton Publishing Ltd., 2003.
  • Pinto, Oreste, Spy-Catcher, New York: Harper & Bros., 1952.