Eisenhower’s Death Camps?

by Daniel Russ on July 1, 2016

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This all happened in 1945.

 

Supposedly.

 

History is more than just remembering the past. History is a revealing venture, because as human beings we obfuscate our histories when they lack luster or morality.

 

I just finished the book Other Losses, The Shocking Truth Behind The Deaths Of Disarmed German Soldier Under General Eisenhower’s Command. It’s a disturbing book. And as one might expect, this 27 year old tome has garnered a good deal of opprobrium among scholars. The allegations though are not that one thing was done to starve German POWs. Many many things were done.

 

As the Wehrmacht crumbled, German troops who were taken as POWs were often just allowed to walk home. Many hundreds of thousands of them probably did. Many disappeared, heading off to any nook or cranny that would hide them until the war wounds around them mended.

 

Along the Rhine, POW camps popped up to handle the endless flow of men broken, beaten, shocked, disarmed and now under the purview of the US, the Canadians, the Free French, and British precepts. We filled them with more people than they could handle, and we reduced the allowance of food over time, until tens of thousands of them died of starvation, exposure, lack of health care, or common illnesses.

 

Bacque says the number that died is upwards of a million men. Others feel that this figure is so high simply because of clerical errors, miscounting the numbers of Germans sauntering around after battle.

 

There is enough recorded testimony and written records available to show that from the highest levels of US command structure, food and water rations were reduced in some area to punish the Germans. Members of the Red Cross, survivors from the camps, US soldiers who filed complaints, and the constellation of content about the Rheinburg prison camp to prove that we perpetrated this upon people who were helpless. Bernard Montgomery himself wrote that he felt “the Huns shouldn’t be given a portion less than Bergen Belsen”.

 

This was murder by bureaucrats, clerical workers who count beans and food rations and order replacements. There was a conspiracy to punish Germans further by simply misreporting the amount of available food in storage. In many of these camps, bodies were pulled from the prison population that defies comprehension. Some of the many vamps saw 700 or more people die a day. Press reports of the mistreatment and miserable conditions of the German POWs were squelched by Army public affairs officers.

 

A singular vision of the experiences of German citizens after World War II couldn’t be rendered properly or truthfully by its witnesses. The country was divided into four provinces and each one was put under a regimen of news suppression to keep control of the country. Bacque claims that the administrators made sure the medical supplies ordered were inadequate. They made sure that Germans would be sleeping in the wet mud with no change of clothes and no hope for better.

 

Many Allied leaders were implicated in this ‘event’. Charles DeGualle is also implicated in this massive crime. Bacque claims that the French, Canadian British and US government have engaged in a massive cover up of the crime.

 

Many died as a result.

 

How many?

 

That’s really the question.

 

 

“Wolfgang Iff, who was imprisoned at Rheinberg and still lives in Germany, reports that, in his subsection of perhaps 10,000 prisoners, thirty to fifty bodies were dragged out every day.  A member of the burial work party, Iff says he helped haul the dead from his cage out to the gate of the camp, where the bodies were carried by wheel barrow to several big steel garages.  there Iff and his team stripped the corpses of clothing, snapped off half of their aluminium dog tag, spread the bodies in layers of fifteen to twenty, with ten shovelfuls of quicklime over each layer till they were stacked a metre high, placed the personal efefcts in a bag for the Americans, then left.  Some of the corpses were dead of gangrene following frostbite.  (It was an unusually wet, cold spring.)  A dozen or more others had grown too weak to cling to the log flung across the ditch for a latrine, and had fallen off and drowned.”

 

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“That same day, according to a minute of their meeting, General Eisenhower and Prime Minister Churchill talked about reducing prisoner rations.  Churchill asked for an agreement on the scale of rations for prisoners, because he would soon have to announce cuts in the British meat ration and wanted to make sure that the prisoners “as far as possible…should be fed on those supplies which we could best spare.”  Eisenhower replied that he had already “given the matter considerable attention,” but was planning to re-examine the whole thing to see “whether or not a further ereduction was possible.”  He told Churchill that POWs had been getting 2,200 calories a day.  (The US Army medical Corps considered 2,150 an absolute minimum subsistence level for sedentary adults living under shelter.  US troops were issued 4,000 calories a day.)  What he did not tell Churchill was that the army was not feeding the DEFs at all, or was feeding them far less than those who still enjoyed prisoner-of-war status.”

 

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