Crimes and Mercies: the fate of German civilians under Allied occupation by James Bacque, Little, Brown pounds Linda Holt. Saturday. Canadian Cataloguing in Publication Data Bacque, James, โ€” Crimes and mercies ISBN 1. Germany – History – 2. Food supply. More than nine million Germans died as a result of Allied starvation and expulsion policies in the first five years after the Second World War โ€“ a.

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As the sit- uation grew worse, with rumours of French mistreatment of prisoners emerging in the press and predictions of disaster emerging from authoritative people in Germany, Truman was cornered. The Axis alliance in seemed so strong that our leaders believed that it was imperative to ally ourselves wholeheartedly with the dictator Stalin against the dictator Hitler.

This was why the Russian prisoners began to starve, while the Allies wondered what to do about them. Because the Germans are perceived as collectively guilty, they somehow have no rights. Alfred de Zayas But as Solzhenitsyn wrote: The losses in inventory stocks of food, clothing, etc. Harry Medcies, who had never been elected, carried out the most important missions for the President. Thirdly, because the victims have been consistently ignored and have received neither compassion nor compensation.

They deserve our respect and compassion. Jun 01, Pierre Gilly rated it liked it.

A Yet development of the Morgenthau Plan went ahead in secret. There is a strong clue however in the ambulance records of the medical department of the th Division. Millions of Axis prisoners were herded into open fields and kept for months without sufficient food, water or shelter.

Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes The throned monarch better than his crown; His sceptre shows the force of temporal power, The attribute to awe and majesty, Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings; But mercy is above this sceptred sway, It is enthroned in the hearts of kings, It is an attribute to God himself; And earthly power doth then show likest God’s When mercy seasons justice.

When Brech smuggled bread to them through the wire, he was ordered to stop by an officer. That these deaths occurred at all is still being concealed and denied, especially by Western governments.


I was able to serve to fill the latter need. In another part of the same cellar was a mother with three children – [aged] 6, 10 and The most impressive of the detailed evidence of deaths recorded by hospital units comes from the 1 06th Division. A high number of corpses on many days was also observed by several American guards at bacqje camp. He is also the first writer to publish recently declassified information from the renowned Hoover Institution in California.

Eisenhower biographer Stephen Ambrosewho helped edit Other Losseswrote “I quarrel with many of your interpretations, [but] I am not arguing with the basic truth of your discovery” and acknowledged that Bacque had made a “major historical discovery”, in jjames sense that very little attention had hitherto been paid to the treatment of German POWs in Allied hands.

In these Western democracies the ideals of self- determination, mercy towards the vanquished and freedom of speech, were thought to be highly regarded and strongly pro- tected. Let us also hope that Russian, Polish and Czech historians will take this opportunity to come to grips with aspects of their own history that hitherto could not be researched.

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Hoover began trying to get permission from the British gov- ernment to ship food from Canada and the US through the blockade to Belgium. At Bad Kreuznach, a camp of some 56, in the th command, the deaths in hospital recorded by Major Jennings B. The reliability of Buchal has been attested by the US Army itself. Later, Brech sneaked more food to them, was caught, and told by the same officer, ‘If you do that again, you’ll be shot.

American prison camps under Eisenhower’s command in France were kept far below the standards set by the Geneva Convention. One of the historians in support of Bacque was Colonel Ernest F. Nations and tribes all over the world, from the Irish, French, Spanish and Scots to the Sioux, Seminole, Filipinos, Zulus, Germans, Boers and Indians, had felt the furious power of Anglo-Saxon militarism, and the vengeance that sometimes followed it.

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Herbert Hoover condemned the whole process in Mackenzie King expressed this plainly on 1 Septemberduring the ceremonies in Ottawa at the end of the Japanese war: Furthermore, the allegations of anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe foreshadowed Hitler and the fate of the European Jews, right down to reports of ‘a holocaust Boehme depends for prisoner facts for France, General Louis Buisson, was not only the head of the Prisoner of War Service of the French Army and the author of the ridiculously low French death figures, he also did not include in his prisoner- of-war totalsmen the French received in camps in Germany from the Americans.


It was evident that he was under extreme stress, trying to cope with the conditions at CCE 27 and receiving no co-operation, no help, no understanding, without even someone to talk to. Under the Morgenthau Plan and its successors, Germans were prevented from growing sufficient food to feed themselves, goods were stolen from them at levels far beyond the war reparations agreed between the Allies, and private charity was forbidden.

He could do so because he saw before anyone else that in those days, it was in the national interest to rise above national interest. But Hoover pointed out to the President that the object of taking care of the prisoners ‘is to prevent them going back to Russia in the middle of the winter and joining in the Bolshevik army, and therefore is solely a military purpose’. Terrifying reports are filtering through the British, French and American occupied zones, and even more gruesome reports from the Russian occupied zone, revealing a horrifying picture of deliberate and wholesale starvation.

Advanced embedding details, examples, and help! Only Stalinist cruelties such as the world had never imagined, the failure of Christian Russians to resist and the mistakes of the Europeans and North Americans kept the regime in power decades longer than Hoover anticipated.

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The sick were evacuated from the hospitals, which then stood silent. The plan was leaked, Goebbels soon obliged, and the Germans resisted to the bitter end. The first begins with the criminal folly of the First World War from toending with the failure of the Treaty of Trianon Versailles.