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, — 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 – a.

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In September he said, ‘No child born in Germany this year will survive the coming winter.

He saw the world’s hope in his own country. The boy on jakes left, aged nine, weighs 40 lbs and is too weak to stand. In March he told the President, ‘. The subject first came up at lunch in General Eisenhower’s mess tent.

It sounds very similar. A German Red Cross official had predicted to him an infant mortality rate of per cent for winteramid scenes of desolation hard to believe in modern times. 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.

He begged the ministers to show a magnanimity that would outlast all the bitterness of this war’. 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.

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It is seriously—nay, spectacularly—flawed in its most fundamental aspects. He was especially interested in the fate of the prisoners because he had been held in several camps, including Bretzenheim itself.

The major thrust of this propaganda was to demonize Germany and later Japan, while praising the Russians for their heroic struggle to defend their homeland.


At Bad Kreuznach, William Sellner of Oakville, Ontario, one day saw civilians throw food over the wire while guards watched indifferently. They animated the state and were controlled by it.

The General declared he saw no purpose in treating a ‘paranoid’ gently, and the ‘whole German population is a synthetic paranoid. Britain had actually sent 20 The Beginning of Wisdom? On a visit to Downing Street in September 1 to receive British petitions for food and money, he wrote: The Allies deprived Germany of chemical fertilizers, so this farmer near Bamburg uses liquid manure.

Why have they failed to inform the public? I did not know that our reaction to that culture and country was so ugly and cruel.

It is a story that has been kept quiet. The prisoner-of-war death figures reluctantly given out by the Americans and French from the s to the s to cautiously inquiring Germans were so ridiculously low that they were under the civilian death rates for the time.

Hoover began trying to get permission from the British gov- ernment to ship food from Canada and the US through the blockade to Belgium.

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Russia generally treated the POWs better than the Americans did. After the Armistice ended the fighting in the west in Novemberthe Allies kept up their sea blockade which deprived the Germans both of merciees imported by sea and of the Cleans to earn cash by overseas trade to buy food.

Among the members recommended by Hoover nacque Henry C. Justice, however, demands respect for the presumption of innocence of the accused, and for rigorous observance of due-process guarantees in determining individual guilt.

InHoover was in Brussels to attend a conference to present to the Germans a formula he had devised for solving the blockade problem. Not until years after the Second World War did the vast generosity and wise forbearance of the Western democracies begin to overtake the criminality to which they had been nacque by the bacqur. Another astonishment for me was to discover the disparity between our warm approval of ourselves, and the evidence.


Never before had such revenge been known. At Lambach in Austria early induring excavations for a new power plant, a mass grave was opened on an 80m square site near the river Traun. The French had a strong claim to the labour of Germans, because Hitler had broken the truce agreement of June to return French prisoners to their homes.

The Committee provided invaluable help distributing food packages in Schleswig-Holstein, where the mercids increased by over 70 per cent after the arrival of expellees and refugees.

Any food imported into Belgium would relieve some of the pressure that the blockade was exert- ing on the Germans. Furthermore, the allegations of anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe foreshadowed Hitler and the fate of the European Jews, right jamws to reports of ‘a holocaust No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, without the prior permission in writing of the publisher, nor be otherwise circulated in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition including this condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser.

Most of the imperial grandeur was swept janes like cannon from the deck of a listing ship.

Crimes And Mercies – The Fate Of German Civilians Under Allied Occupation 1944-1950

The ringleaders and the SS troops should be given the death penalty without question, but punishment should not end there. That these deaths occurred at all is still being denied by Western governments. He is seen here during his 1 visit to Dtsseldorf, in the British zone.

Then Roosevelt and Churchill took the next step: Actually, it was General Dwight D.