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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They shot Japanese General Masaharu Homma in for maintaining camps in approximately the conditions described by Allard.

This was one of the more astonishing reversals in history, for the British, French, Canadians and Americans had all been deadly enemies of communism since the first days of the Russian revolution. Thus for almost two crimex, the UK and British Commonwealth – with a little help from France – fought against German armies fuelled and fed in part by the Merrcies.

They animated the state and were controlled by it. Why, with the danger of the Soviets plain to see in every sphere, did these two victorious powers not stand firm while they were so superior?

First, because these grotesque crimes were committed in the name of the virtuous democracies, the United Kingdom, the United States, France and Canada.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Berwick has also said that, because the guards made efforts to improve the camp, the death rate there dropped very significantly after the disasters of the early mefcies. The Senate voted in approval of a resolution that stated in part, ‘Whereas. Darwin, Marx and Freud had all invented new beliefs for mankind, which had in common the idea that snd must forever struggle against each other.

In freeing colonies, forgiving enemies, in arms control, the voluntary limiting of XXII Introduction client-wars, in world health measures, food production, inter- national law, human rights and hundreds of other ways, the Western democracies have shown this genius. In another part of the same cellar was a mother with three children – [aged] 6, 10 and He is now a successful novelist and lives in Toronto. In September he said, ‘No child born in Germany this year will survive the coming winter.

It is remarkable that such evidence was not immediately destroyed, but carefully preserved instead. 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.


The democracies did these things under no threat from enemies, nor to surpass other societies. Over the course of my service there I met a number of German veterans; some baque interpreters, having learned English in POW camps in Canada; others were gate guards Die Vertreibung im deutschen Erinnern. Others were staffed by Americans. If this misery cannot be checked, it is no exaggeration to reckon on a figure of 20, dead this winter.

Crimes and Mercies: The Fate of German Civilians Under Allied Occupation, 1944-50

Expellees from the east, who left home with few supplies and little or no transport, pass US Army vehicles. Morgenthau, son jamed a US diplomat and philanthropist, and later Secretary of the Treasury, who helped prepare the report to Wilson ‘exposing falsity and creating a generally more wholesome atmosphere’. On the June day in crjmes marked the beginning of Hitler’s assault on Russia, Churchill said with a smile, ‘If Hitler invaded Hell, I would at least make a favourable reference to the Devil in the House of Commons.

Grbber wrote on 12 October’In the forest around Berlin, countless dead are hanging from the trees. And in MayUS General Eisenhower -who had publicly promised to abide by the Geneva Convention – illegally forbade German civilians to take food to prisoners starving to death in American camps.

And to dear Annette Roser, who has taken up the cause and made it her own, as well merccies to Dr Ter-Nedden of Bonn, to Annaliese Barbara Baum, and especially Lotte Birrgmann, friend and guide, whom 1 feel 1 know well though 1 have met her but once – cries Dank.

Herbert Hoover condemned the whole process in With every day the opportunity grows less to make real to the people of Germany the Christian testimony to mercy and brotherhood. The first English-speaking writer to gain access to the newly opened KGB archives in Moscow and to recently declassified information from the renowned Hoover Institution in California, James Bacque tells the extraordinary story of what happened to these people and why.


If the Allies did nothing, the men would die, long after the fighting had ended.

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Having captured very few prisoners themselves, they asked the British and Americans for part of their bag. These were described by some writers in the West 29 Crimes and Mercies as ‘orderly and humane population transfers’, while others reported the lethal conditions as they were.

There was a tiny stove, but no coal or gas, only a little wood, which they ‘fetched’. Later, a few supplies were scrounged at random by American teams ‘ferreting’ the German towns nearby.

Even if two-thirds of the statistical discrepancies exposed by Bacque could be accounted for by the chaos of the situation, there would still be a case to answer.

Not only could the French not find them, the US Army couldn’t find them either. And baqcue he and Andrew Gordon gave very effective advice on improving the manuscript.

Although there were usually no more than six or eight officers dining at one time, there were always at least that many uniformed waiters. Boehme depends for prisoner facts for France, General Louis Buisson, was not only the head of wnd Prisoner of War Service of the French Army megcies the author of the ridiculously low French death figures, he also did not include in his prisoner- of-war bacauemen the French received in camps in Germany from the Americans.

It must be the supposed peace. The total occupation of Germany, and the destruction of Germany’s armed forces, national government, political parties, coupled with the trials of the war criminals, was the beginning of the Allies’ post-war policy.

Co-operation and trust alone enabled societies to survive, but ideas such as permanent class warfare, the Oedipus complex and survival of the fittest created conflict and mistrust in personal relations, political rev- olutions, wars between nations and eugenics programs which were a major part of the social catastrophes of this century.