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New Book Details Mass Killings and Brutal Mistreatment of Germans at the End of World War Two
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John Baker
2008-04-21 22:19:08 UTC
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New Book Details Mass Killings and Brutal Mistreatment of Germans
at the End of World War Two



By Mark Weber








Germany's defeat in May 1945, and the end of World War II in Europe, did not
bring an end to death and suffering for the vanquished German people.
Instead the victorious Allies ushered in a horrible new era that, in many
ways, was worse than the destruction wrought by war.

In a sobering and courageous new book, After the Reich: The Brutal History
of Allied Occupation, British historian Giles MacDonogh details how the
ruined and prostrate Reich (including Austria) was systematically raped and
robbed, and how many Germans who survived the war were either killed in cold
blood or deliberately left to die of disease, cold, malnutrition or
starvation.

Many people take the view that, given the wartime misdeeds of the Nazis,
some degree of vengeful violence against the defeated Germans was inevitable
and perhaps justified. A common response to reports of Allied atrocities is
to say that the Germans "deserved what they got." But as MacDonogh
establishes, the appalling cruelties inflicted on the totally prostrate
German people went far beyond that.

His best estimate is that some three million Germans, military and
civilians, died unnecessarily after the official end of hostilities.

A million of these were men who were being held as prisoners of war, most of
whom died in Soviet captivity. (Of the 90,000 Germans who surrendered at
Stalingrad, for example, only 5,000 ever returned to their homeland.) Less
well known is the story of the many thousands of German prisoners who died
in American and British captivity, most infamously in horrid holding camps
along the Rhine river, with no shelter and very little food. Others, more
fortunate, toiled as slave labor in Allied countries, often for years.

Most of the two million German civilians who perished after the end of the
war were women, children and elderly -- victims of disease, cold, hunger,
suicide, and mass murder.

Apart from the wide-scale rape of millions of German girls and woman in the
Soviet occupation zones, perhaps the most shocking outrage recorded by
MacDonogh is the slaughter of a quarter of a million Sudeten Germans by
their vengeful Czech compatriots. The wretched survivors of this ethnic
cleansing were pitched across the border, never to return to their homes.
There were similar scenes of death and dispossession in Pomerania, Silesia
and East Prussia as the age-old German communities of those provinces were
likewise brutally expunged.

We are ceaselessly reminded of the Third Reich's wartime concentration
camps. But few Americans are aware that such infamous camps as Dachau,
Buchenwald, Sachsenhausen and Auschwitz stayed in business after the end of
the war, only now packed with German captives, many of whom perished
miserably.

The vengeful plan by US Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau to turn defeated
Germany into an impoverished "pastoral" country, stripped of modern
industry, is recounted by MacDonogh, as well as other genocidal schemes to
starve, sterilize or deport the population of what was left of the
bombed-out cities.

It wasn't an awakening of humanitarian concern that prompted a change in
American and British attitudes toward the defeated Germans. The shift in
postwar policy was based on fear of Soviet Russian expansion, and prompted a
calculated appeal to the German public to support the new anti-Soviet stance
of the US and Britain.

MacDonogh's important book is an antidote to the simplistic but enduring
propaganda portrait of World War II as a clash between Good and Evil, and
debunks the widely accepted image of benevolent Allied treatment of defeated
Germany.

This 615-page volume is much more than a gruesome chronicle of death and
human suffering. Enhanced with moving anecdotes, it also provides historical
context and perspective. It is probably the best work available in English
on this shameful chapter of twentieth century history
--
John Baker
***@yahoo.com


" Live and let live "
AirRaid
2008-04-21 22:30:28 UTC
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Fuck the god damn Germans.

I WOULD hope they suffered after WWII for allowing a monster like
Hitler rise to power.
Post by John Baker
New Book Details Mass Killings and Brutal Mistreatment of Germans
at the End of World War Two
By Mark Weber
Germany's defeat in May 1945, and the end of World War II in Europe, did not
bring an end to death and suffering for the vanquished German people.
Instead the victorious Allies ushered in a horrible new era that, in many
ways, was worse than the destruction wrought by war.
In a sobering and courageous new book, After the Reich: The Brutal History
of Allied Occupation, British historian Giles MacDonogh details how the
ruined and prostrate Reich (including Austria) was systematically raped and
robbed, and how many Germans who survived the war were either killed in cold
blood or deliberately left to die of disease, cold, malnutrition or
starvation.
Many people take the view that, given the wartime misdeeds of the Nazis,
some degree of vengeful violence against the defeated Germans was inevitable
and perhaps justified. A common response to reports of Allied atrocities is
to say that the Germans "deserved what they got." But as MacDonogh
establishes, the appalling cruelties inflicted on the totally prostrate
German people went far beyond that.
His best estimate is that some three million Germans, military and
civilians, died unnecessarily after the official end of hostilities.
A million of these were men who were being held as prisoners of war, most of
whom died in Soviet captivity. (Of the 90,000 Germans who surrendered at
Stalingrad, for example, only 5,000 ever returned to their homeland.) Less
well known is the story of the many thousands of German prisoners who died
in American and British captivity, most infamously in horrid holding camps
along the Rhine river, with no shelter and very little food. Others, more
fortunate, toiled as slave labor in Allied countries, often for years.
Most of the two million German civilians who perished after the end of the
war were women, children and elderly -- victims of disease, cold, hunger,
suicide, and mass murder.
Apart from the wide-scale rape of millions of German girls and woman in the
Soviet occupation zones, perhaps the most shocking outrage recorded by
MacDonogh is the slaughter of a quarter of a million Sudeten Germans by
their vengeful Czech compatriots. The wretched survivors of this ethnic
cleansing were pitched across the border, never to return to their homes.
There were similar scenes of death and dispossession in Pomerania, Silesia
and East Prussia as the age-old German communities of those provinces were
likewise brutally expunged.
We are ceaselessly reminded of the Third Reich's wartime concentration
camps. But few Americans are aware that such infamous camps as Dachau,
Buchenwald, Sachsenhausen and Auschwitz stayed in business after the end of
the war, only now packed with German captives, many of whom perished
miserably.
The vengeful plan by US Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau to turn defeated
Germany into an impoverished "pastoral" country, stripped of modern
industry, is recounted by MacDonogh, as well as other genocidal schemes to
starve, sterilize or deport the population of what was left of the
bombed-out cities.
It wasn't an awakening of humanitarian concern that prompted a change in
American and British attitudes toward the defeated Germans. The shift in
postwar policy was based on fear of Soviet Russian expansion, and prompted a
calculated appeal to the German public to support the new anti-Soviet stance
of the US and Britain.
MacDonogh's important book is an antidote to the simplistic but enduring
propaganda portrait of World War II as a clash between Good and Evil, and
debunks the widely accepted image of benevolent Allied treatment of defeated
Germany.
This 615-page volume is much more than a gruesome chronicle of death and
human suffering. Enhanced with moving anecdotes, it also provides historical
context and perspective. It is probably the best work available in English
on this shameful chapter of twentieth century history
--
John Baker
" Live and let live "
Anarchore
2008-04-22 00:43:16 UTC
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Post by AirRaid
Fuck the god damn Germans.
I WOULD hope they suffered after WWII for allowing a monster like
Hitler rise to power.
Your monsters are everywhere.
Post by AirRaid
Post by John Baker
New Book Details Mass Killings and Brutal Mistreatment of Germans
at the End of World War Two
By Mark Weber
Germany's defeat in May 1945, and the end of World War II in
Europe, did not bring an end to death and suffering for the
vanquished German people. Instead the victorious Allies ushered
in a horrible new era that, in many ways, was worse than the
destruction wrought by war.
In a sobering and courageous new book, After the Reich: The Brutal
History of Allied Occupation, British historian Giles MacDonogh
details how the ruined and prostrate Reich (including Austria) was
systematically raped and robbed, and how many Germans who survived
the war were either killed in cold blood or deliberately left to
die of disease, cold, malnutrition or starvation.
Many people take the view that, given the wartime misdeeds of the
Nazis, some degree of vengeful violence against the defeated
Germans was inevitable and perhaps justified. A common response to
reports of Allied atrocities is to say that the Germans "deserved
what they got." But as MacDonogh establishes, the appalling
cruelties inflicted on the totally prostrate German people went
far beyond that.
His best estimate is that some three million Germans, military and
civilians, died unnecessarily after the official end of
hostilities.
A million of these were men who were being held as prisoners of
war, most of whom died in Soviet captivity. (Of the 90,000 Germans
who surrendered at Stalingrad, for example, only 5,000 ever
returned to their homeland.) Less well known is the story of the
many thousands of German prisoners who died in American and
British captivity, most infamously in horrid holding camps along
the Rhine river, with no shelter and very little food. Others, more
fortunate, toiled as slave labor in Allied countries, often for years.
Most of the two million German civilians who perished after the
end of the war were women, children and elderly -- victims of
disease, cold, hunger, suicide, and mass murder.
Apart from the wide-scale rape of millions of German girls and
woman in the Soviet occupation zones, perhaps the most shocking
outrage recorded by MacDonogh is the slaughter of a quarter of a
million Sudeten Germans by their vengeful Czech compatriots. The
wretched survivors of this ethnic cleansing were pitched across
the border, never to return to their homes. There were similar
scenes of death and dispossession in Pomerania, Silesia and East
Prussia as the age-old German communities of those provinces were
likewise brutally expunged.
We are ceaselessly reminded of the Third Reich's wartime
concentration camps. But few Americans are aware that such
infamous camps as Dachau, Buchenwald, Sachsenhausen and Auschwitz
stayed in business after the end of the war, only now packed with
German captives, many of whom perished miserably.
The vengeful plan by US Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau to
turn defeated Germany into an impoverished "pastoral" country,
stripped of modern industry, is recounted by MacDonogh, as well as
other genocidal schemes to starve, sterilize or deport the
population of what was left of the bombed-out cities.
It wasn't an awakening of humanitarian concern that prompted a
change in American and British attitudes toward the defeated
Germans. The shift in postwar policy was based on fear of Soviet
Russian expansion, and prompted a calculated appeal to the German
public to support the new anti-Soviet stance of the US and Britain.
MacDonogh's important book is an antidote to the simplistic but
enduring propaganda portrait of World War II as a clash between
Good and Evil, and debunks the widely accepted image of benevolent
Allied treatment of defeated Germany.
This 615-page volume is much more than a gruesome chronicle of
death and human suffering. Enhanced with moving anecdotes, it also
provides historical context and perspective. It is probably the
best work available in English on this shameful chapter of
twentieth century history
--
John Baker
" Live and let live "
--
If you're thick enough to believe that Jews are your enemy why the
fuck would I want to have anything to do with you.
Consider me a Jew.
Consider me a fag.
Consider me an immigrant.
B. Cramer
2008-04-22 09:54:55 UTC
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Post by AirRaid
Fuck the god damn Germans.
I WOULD hope they suffered after WWII for allowing a monster like
Hitler rise to power.
I see you believe the yid's "official" version of history.

Well done. Another gullible fool for the collection.
Post by AirRaid
Post by John Baker
New Book Details Mass Killings and Brutal Mistreatment of Germans
at the End of World War Two
By Mark Weber
Germany's defeat in May 1945, and the end of World War II in Europe, did not
bring an end to death and suffering for the vanquished German people.
Instead the victorious Allies ushered in a horrible new era that, in many
ways, was worse than the destruction wrought by war.
In a sobering and courageous new book, After the Reich: The Brutal History
of Allied Occupation, British historian Giles MacDonogh details how the
ruined and prostrate Reich (including Austria) was systematically raped and
robbed, and how many Germans who survived the war were either killed in cold
blood or deliberately left to die of disease, cold, malnutrition or
starvation.
Many people take the view that, given the wartime misdeeds of the Nazis,
some degree of vengeful violence against the defeated Germans was inevitable
and perhaps justified. A common response to reports of Allied atrocities is
to say that the Germans "deserved what they got." But as MacDonogh
establishes, the appalling cruelties inflicted on the totally prostrate
German people went far beyond that.
His best estimate is that some three million Germans, military and
civilians, died unnecessarily after the official end of hostilities.
A million of these were men who were being held as prisoners of war, most of
whom died in Soviet captivity. (Of the 90,000 Germans who surrendered at
Stalingrad, for example, only 5,000 ever returned to their homeland.)
Less
well known is the story of the many thousands of German prisoners who died
in American and British captivity, most infamously in horrid holding camps
along the Rhine river, with no shelter and very little food. Others, more
fortunate, toiled as slave labor in Allied countries, often for years.
Most of the two million German civilians who perished after the end of the
war were women, children and elderly -- victims of disease, cold, hunger,
suicide, and mass murder.
Apart from the wide-scale rape of millions of German girls and woman in the
Soviet occupation zones, perhaps the most shocking outrage recorded by
MacDonogh is the slaughter of a quarter of a million Sudeten Germans by
their vengeful Czech compatriots. The wretched survivors of this ethnic
cleansing were pitched across the border, never to return to their homes.
There were similar scenes of death and dispossession in Pomerania, Silesia
and East Prussia as the age-old German communities of those provinces were
likewise brutally expunged.
We are ceaselessly reminded of the Third Reich's wartime concentration
camps. But few Americans are aware that such infamous camps as Dachau,
Buchenwald, Sachsenhausen and Auschwitz stayed in business after the end of
the war, only now packed with German captives, many of whom perished
miserably.
The vengeful plan by US Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau to turn defeated
Germany into an impoverished "pastoral" country, stripped of modern
industry, is recounted by MacDonogh, as well as other genocidal schemes to
starve, sterilize or deport the population of what was left of the
bombed-out cities.
It wasn't an awakening of humanitarian concern that prompted a change in
American and British attitudes toward the defeated Germans. The shift in
postwar policy was based on fear of Soviet Russian expansion, and prompted a
calculated appeal to the German public to support the new anti-Soviet stance
of the US and Britain.
MacDonogh's important book is an antidote to the simplistic but enduring
propaganda portrait of World War II as a clash between Good and Evil, and
debunks the widely accepted image of benevolent Allied treatment of defeated
Germany.
This 615-page volume is much more than a gruesome chronicle of death and
human suffering. Enhanced with moving anecdotes, it also provides historical
context and perspective. It is probably the best work available in English
on this shameful chapter of twentieth century history
--
John Baker
" Live and let live "
gatt
2008-04-22 14:25:10 UTC
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Post by B. Cramer
Post by AirRaid
Fuck the god damn Germans.
I WOULD hope they suffered after WWII for allowing a monster like
Hitler rise to power.
I see you believe the yid's "official" version of history.
Well done. Another gullible fool for the collection.
That's it. Time to start bombing Dresden again. Back-breathing shithead.

-c
Anarchore
2008-04-22 14:44:15 UTC
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Post by gatt
Post by B. Cramer
om...
Post by AirRaid
Fuck the god damn Germans.
I WOULD hope they suffered after WWII for allowing a monster like
Hitler rise to power.
I see you believe the yid's "official" version of history.
Well done. Another gullible fool for the collection.
That's it. Time to start bombing Dresden again. Back-breathing shithead.
Filthy genocidal Zionist Jewboy, we will get you off our backs!
Germany is about to throw you fuckers in the river!
--
If you're thick enough to believe that Jews are your enemy why the
fuck would I want to have anything to do with you.
Consider me a Jew.
Consider me a fag.
Consider me an immigrant.
gatt
2008-04-22 18:28:52 UTC
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Post by Anarchore
Filthy genocidal Zionist Jewboy, we will get you off our backs!
Germany is about to throw you fuckers in the river!
I'm not remotely Jewish, stupid.

In fact, my ancestors came from Germany. They returned to bomb and
shoot them, and saw what the Germans were doing while they were there,
which is they didn't regret killing so much Nazi trash.

Ha Ha.

I got invited to play guitar at a huge-ass musical festival there a few
years ago, but when I think of 80,000 screaming Germans, I think of Dresden.

-c
Anarchore
2008-04-22 20:04:17 UTC
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Post by gatt
Post by Anarchore
Filthy genocidal Zionist Jewboy, we will get you off our backs!
Germany is about to throw you fuckers in the river!
I'm not remotely Jewish, stupid.
You're emphatically Jewish, Jewboy.
Post by gatt
In fact, my ancestors came from Germany. They returned to bomb and
shoot them, and saw what the Germans were doing while they were
there, which is they didn't regret killing so much Nazi trash.
Lying Jewboy.
Post by gatt
Ha Ha.
Jew.
Post by gatt
I got invited to play guitar at a huge-ass musical festival there a
few years ago, but when I think of 80,000 screaming Germans, I think
of Dresden.
Jewboy.
--
If you're thick enough to believe that Jews are your enemy why the
fuck would I want to have anything to do with you.
Consider me a Jew.
Consider me a fag.
Consider me an immigrant.
gatt
2008-04-22 20:39:22 UTC
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Post by Anarchore
Post by gatt
Post by Anarchore
Filthy genocidal Zionist Jewboy, we will get you off our backs!
Germany is about to throw you fuckers in the river!
I'm not remotely Jewish, stupid.
You're emphatically Jewish, Jewboy.
Getting called a "jew" doesn't bother me any more than being called
Chinese or Mormon might.

All it does is prove how desperately stupid you'd have to be to make
such a claim. I'm named after a Grand Wizard. T'was his sons that
murdered so many Germans. You simply don't rank. Hell, you're
probably not even a legitimate Aryan. 'Course, neither was your
fraudulent drug-addict hero.
Post by Anarchore
Post by gatt
They returned to bomb and
shoot them, and saw what the Germans were doing while they were
there, which is they didn't regret killing so much Nazi trash.
Lying Jewboy.
Check the records, Nazi-wannabe. Jewboy. You're not even an effective
troll.


-c
Anarchore
2008-04-23 00:41:05 UTC
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Post by gatt
Post by Anarchore
Post by gatt
Post by Anarchore
Filthy genocidal Zionist Jewboy, we will get you off our backs!
Germany is about to throw you fuckers in the river!
I'm not remotely Jewish, stupid.
You're emphatically Jewish, Jewboy.
Getting called a "jew" doesn't bother me any more than being called
Chinese or Mormon might.
All it does is prove how desperately stupid you'd have to be to make
such a claim. I'm named after a Grand Wizard. T'was his sons that
murdered so many Germans. You simply don't rank. Hell, you're
probably not even a legitimate Aryan. 'Course, neither was your
fraudulent drug-addict hero.
Collective punishment is a tactic enjoyed by you desert sand-eaters and
worshipers of elder Cthulu.

Who else but a mentally-ill Jew raised on a lifetime of hate would
claim joy at burning alive the sick, women and children at Dresden?
Post by gatt
Post by Anarchore
Post by gatt
They returned to bomb and
shoot them, and saw what the Germans were doing while they were
there, which is they didn't regret killing so much Nazi trash.
Lying Jewboy.
Check the records, Nazi-wannabe. Jewboy. You're not even an
effective troll.
-c
--
If you're thick enough to believe that Jews are your enemy why the
fuck would I want to have anything to do with you.
Consider me a Jew.
Consider me a fag.
Consider me an immigrant.
gatt
2008-04-23 01:12:36 UTC
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Post by Anarchore
Collective punishment is a tactic enjoyed by you desert sand-eaters and
worshipers of elder Cthulu.
Who else but a mentally-ill Jew raised on a lifetime of hate would
claim joy at burning alive the sick, women and children at Dresden?
Q: How many Dresden citizens can you put in a Volkswagen?
A: 40,000 if you have a shovel.
Logan 5
2008-04-23 01:21:39 UTC
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Post by Anarchore
If you're thick enough to believe that Jews are your enemy why the
fuck would I want to have anything to do with you.
Consider me a Jew.
Consider me a fag.
Consider me an immigrant.
Dang, next you'll be an Obamatron...

Logan 5
2008-04-22 16:47:41 UTC
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On Tue, 22 Apr 2008 19:54:55 +1000, "B. Cramer"
Post by B. Cramer
I see you believe the yid's
Why hasn't someone killed you yet?
Don Homuth <dhomuthoneatcomcast.net@>
2008-04-21 23:48:09 UTC
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Post by John Baker
New Book Details Mass Killings and Brutal Mistreatment of Germans
at the End of World War Two
New Book, perhaps.

Old News, definitively.

Some folks wanted their Vengeance.

And went out of their way to get it.
Floyd
2008-04-22 00:23:01 UTC
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Post by Don Homuth <dhomuthoneatcomcast.net@>
Post by John Baker
New Book Details Mass Killings and Brutal Mistreatment of Germans
at the End of World War Two
New Book, perhaps.
Old News, definitively.
Some folks wanted their Vengeance.
And went out of their way to get it.
What do you expect? Look at the graves of the war dead from both sides from
WW2. Lots of crucifixes on the grave markers and precious little else.

Christians are brutal even to their own.
Don Homuth <dhomuthoneatcomcast.net@>
2008-04-22 00:34:26 UTC
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Post by Floyd
Post by Don Homuth <dhomuthoneatcomcast.net@>
Post by John Baker
New Book Details Mass Killings and Brutal Mistreatment of Germans
at the End of World War Two
New Book, perhaps.
Old News, definitively.
Some folks wanted their Vengeance.
And went out of their way to get it.
What do you expect?
Precisely what happened. Nothing else, in fact.

We have documented incidents of Murken Soljers machine-gunning German
POWs as well. Same thing precisely. I'm not going to waste a lot of
time feeling sorry for the Krauts, certainly. It's too bad the Allied
authorities supposedly in charge didn't take care of these things
better, but then the higher command levels also had some
score-settling to do.
Post by Floyd
... Look at the graves of the war dead from both sides from
WW2. Lots of crucifixes on the grave markers and precious little else.
War is like that. (But don't forget the Stars of David here and there
too!)
Post by Floyd
Christians are brutal even to their own.
Humans are brutal, just pretty much across the board. This blather
about Human Life being somehow Sacred always was a bunch of nonsense.
Geert
2008-04-22 00:43:50 UTC
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Post by Don Homuth <dhomuthoneatcomcast.net@>
Post by Floyd
Post by Don Homuth <dhomuthoneatcomcast.net@>
Post by John Baker
New Book Details Mass Killings and Brutal Mistreatment of Germans
at the End of World War Two
New Book, perhaps.
Old News, definitively.
Some folks wanted their Vengeance.
And went out of their way to get it.
What do you expect?
Precisely what happened. Nothing else, in fact.
We have documented incidents of Murken Soljers machine-gunning German
POWs as well. Same thing precisely. I'm not going to waste a lot of
time feeling sorry for the Krauts, certainly. It's too bad the Allied
authorities supposedly in charge didn't take care of these things
better, but then the higher command levels also had some
score-settling to do.
Post by Floyd
... Look at the graves of the war dead from both sides from
WW2. Lots of crucifixes on the grave markers and precious little else.
War is like that. (But don't forget the Stars of David here and there
too!)
There are also graves marked with Crescents in European war cemeteries where
Allied soldiers are buried.
Don Homuth <dhomuthoneatcomcast.net@>
2008-04-22 01:23:19 UTC
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Post by Geert
Post by Don Homuth <dhomuthoneatcomcast.net@>
Post by Floyd
... Look at the graves of the war dead from both sides from
WW2. Lots of crucifixes on the grave markers and precious little else.
War is like that. (But don't forget the Stars of David here and there
too!)
There are also graves marked with Crescents in European war cemeteries where
Allied soldiers are buried.
Correct.
Lobby Dosser
2008-04-22 01:15:55 UTC
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Post by Don Homuth <dhomuthoneatcomcast.net@>
Murken Soljers
Shitzlish
Viejo Vizcacha
2008-04-22 02:34:26 UTC
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Post by John Baker
New Book Details Mass Killings and Brutal Mistreatment of Germans
at the End of World War Two
By Mark Weber
Germany's defeat in May 1945, and the end of World War II in Europe, did not
bring an end to death and suffering for the vanquished German people.
Instead the victorious Allies ushered in a horrible new era that, in many
ways, was worse than the destruction wrought by war.
And here I stop reading. To write that the Plan Marshall was worse
than bombing of Dresden, is to expect the reader to be an idiot.

VV
Post by John Baker
In a sobering and courageous new book, After the Reich: The Brutal History
of Allied Occupation, British historian Giles MacDonogh details how the
ruined and prostrate Reich (including Austria) was systematically raped and
robbed, and how many Germans who survived the war were either killed in cold
blood or deliberately left to die of disease, cold, malnutrition or
starvation.
Many people take the view that, given the wartime misdeeds of the Nazis,
some degree of vengeful violence against the defeated Germans was inevitable
and perhaps justified. A common response to reports of Allied atrocities is
to say that the Germans "deserved what they got." But as MacDonogh
establishes, the appalling cruelties inflicted on the totally prostrate
German people went far beyond that.
His best estimate is that some three million Germans, military and
civilians, died unnecessarily after the official end of hostilities.
A million of these were men who were being held as prisoners of war, most of
whom died in Soviet captivity. (Of the 90,000 Germans who surrendered at
Stalingrad, for example, only 5,000 ever returned to their homeland.) Less
well known is the story of the many thousands of German prisoners who died
in American and British captivity, most infamously in horrid holding camps
along the Rhine river, with no shelter and very little food. Others, more
fortunate, toiled as slave labor in Allied countries, often for years.
Most of the two million German civilians who perished after the end of the
war were women, children and elderly -- victims of disease, cold, hunger,
suicide, and mass murder.
Apart from the wide-scale rape of millions of German girls and woman in the
Soviet occupation zones, perhaps the most shocking outrage recorded by
MacDonogh is the slaughter of a quarter of a million Sudeten Germans by
their vengeful Czech compatriots. The wretched survivors of this ethnic
cleansing were pitched across the border, never to return to their homes.
There were similar scenes of death and dispossession in Pomerania, Silesia
and East Prussia as the age-old German communities of those provinces were
likewise brutally expunged.
We are ceaselessly reminded of the Third Reich's wartime concentration
camps. But few Americans are aware that such infamous camps as Dachau,
Buchenwald, Sachsenhausen and Auschwitz stayed in business after the end of
the war, only now packed with German captives, many of whom perished
miserably.
The vengeful plan by US Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau to turn defeated
Germany into an impoverished "pastoral" country, stripped of modern
industry, is recounted by MacDonogh, as well as other genocidal schemes to
starve, sterilize or deport the population of what was left of the
bombed-out cities.
It wasn't an awakening of humanitarian concern that prompted a change in
American and British attitudes toward the defeated Germans. The shift in
postwar policy was based on fear of Soviet Russian expansion, and prompted a
calculated appeal to the German public to support the new anti-Soviet stance
of the US and Britain.
MacDonogh's important book is an antidote to the simplistic but enduring
propaganda portrait of World War II as a clash between Good and Evil, and
debunks the widely accepted image of benevolent Allied treatment of defeated
Germany.
This 615-page volume is much more than a gruesome chronicle of death and
human suffering. Enhanced with moving anecdotes, it also provides historical
context and perspective. It is probably the best work available in English
on this shameful chapter of twentieth century history
--
John Baker
" Live and let live "
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