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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A huge number of soldiers, bureaucrats and their families was imposed on the small zone. Ad to John Bemrose, for warm friendship, good counsel and good jamse advice. These seemed to me interesting annd concealed, and instructive because unforeseen. Bacque revealed what had happened to them in his book Other Losses The struggle is without end, of course, but there are dis- cernible stages in its development in the twentieth century.

They particularly requested that the United States raise the ration allowed to Germans and restore mail and package services to the American zone. Crimes and Mercies is the extraordinary story of what happened to these people and why: Another of the prisoners who have come forward recently to the Spietzes is Jakob M.

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Fotieva, also members, wrote: In the hospital units of the th, not including ‘evacuation hospitals’, 1, people died in seventy days among a patient load of 23, The International Committee of the Red Cross was refused entry to the camps, Switzerland was deprived of its status as ” protecting power ” and POWs were reclassified as ” Disarmed Enemy Forces ” in order to avoid recognition under the Geneva Convention.

This works out to an annual death rate somewhere between And the moral issues raised by the vengeance set people against each other throughout the West. General Louis Buisson, Director of the War Prisons, said that food rations were “just enough to allow a man to lie down, not move, and not die too quickly”. The Senate voted in approval criems a resolution that stated in part, ‘Whereas.

Ask anyone whether he has ever heard of the ethnic cleansing of fifteen million eastern Germans. On the June day in that marked the beginning of Hitler’s assault on Russia, Churchill said with a smile, ‘If Hitler invaded Hell, I would at least make mrcies favourable reference to the Devil in the House of Commons.


Advanced embedding details, examples, and help! And this was before the German collapse, so that millions of Allied prisoners were still being held hostage by the Germans. All were polite and friendly and most showed more class and breeding than their North American counterparts.

Following the world-wide success of his earlier book, Other Losses, which documented the deaths of about one million Axis prisoners in Allied camps after the war, James Bacque flew to Moscow to work in the newly opened KGB archives.

Jessie rated it liked it Nov 15, Another point I bafque to ponder: We could only perform elementary superficial examinations auscultation. Languages Deutsch Italiano Edit links.

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An old refugee woman gathers sticks to help cook meagre meals supplied in part by Mennonites from Canada and the USA.

If they wanted to be consistent, should they not have attacked Russia next? Preview — Crimes and Mercies by James Bacque. WWII created an unprecedented drop in world production, reflected in starvation and shortage around the world.

Despite the restrictions, other individual American guards tried to help the German prisoners long after the war ended, among them Captain Frederick Siegfriedt.

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 ahd, and therefore is solely a military purpose’.

A lifelong friend of Siegfriedt was the medical officer for the detachment. It is a story that has been kept quiet. It must be the supposed peace.

But the Quaker faith of his Canadian mother and American father made him immediately sympathetic to the Norch Americans stranded in Europe by the outbreak of war in Later it was posted in Polish in Straubing and Regensburg, where there were a lot of Polish guard bxcque at nearby camps.

He pointed out that talk of letting Germany off easy after taking care of the top people came from those who feared Russia and wanted to strengthen Germany as a potential bulwark against any desires Russia might someday have. Over 21, of their planes, half a mil- lion trucks, 12, tanks, and one-third of their merchant shipping fleet, were made in Great Britain, Canada or the United States.


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Hacque chapter on the flight and expulsion of the Germans at the end of the war gives us much food for reflection. The death total of 18, taken with the known period often weeks and the known average population of the six camps, , means that the death rate was 43 per cent per year. In the nation these were clearly in the majority. Many families in wrecked German cities lived in damp, unheated basements for years after the war.

The Commission for Relief in Belgium was ‘a piratical state organized for benevolence’ according to one British official. 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.

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Having captured very few prisoners themselves, they asked the British and Americans for part of their bag. If the plan were leaked, it would give Hitler’s propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, strong arguments for a bitter, futile resistance by the Germans.

In the brilliant phrase of the philosopher Michael Polanyi, ‘The generous passions of our age could now covertly explode inside the engines of a pitiless machinery of violence.

The facility was completely redecorated, that is repainted with murals for each special occasion, i.