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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History has now shone a light on their grubby work; it will never be the bacquue again. Bacque’s chapter on the flight and expulsion of the Germans at the end of the war gives us much food for reflection. For Britain, the most important aim of diplomacy in the s had been to maintain in Europe a balance of power so that no nation would be strong enough to threaten her interests. The Allies deprived Germany of chemical fertilizers, so this farmer near Bamburg uses liquid manure.

Kurt rated it it was amazing Aug 24, Let the debate begin.

This is not because the actions frimes manifest our collective virtue are absent; it is rather that we attribute virtues to those who do not possess them. Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. Never before had such revenge been known.

Hoover observed that Churchill amd that the ‘incidental starvation of women and children was justified if it contributed to the earlier ending of the war by victory’. Read more about James Bacque. These ideas ignored the fact that the very definition of society is people co-operating to a greater good.

To ask other readers questions about Crimes and Merciesplease sign up. Bacque’s critics note many of the German soldiers were sick and wounded at the time of their surrender, and say his work does not place the plight of the German prisoners within the context of the grim situation in Western Europe in and These deaths appear to have resulted, directly or indirectly, from the semi- starvation food rations that were all that were available to the majority of the German population during this time period.

Next came the Poles. Jan 01, Eli Passas rated it it was ok. Harvard Law School Dr Phil. To assist them in a land battle, the Bxcque could call on more than two million German captives in their possession in the summer of Amy rated it it was amazing Oct 30, He is seen here during his 1 visit to Dtsseldorf, in the British zone.

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It is time that a united demand went up from all 38 The Beginning of Wisdom? Their policy was partly in Churchill’s plan to share power with the Soviets in Europe, 14 partly a determination to crush Germany under an occupation so heavy that it could never again threaten the supremacy of the West. The concept of collective guilt is repugnant to human dignity and unworthy of any system of justice. Those who violate this command and nevertheless try to ctrcuMvent this bloelede to eilen something to ooMe to the prisoners place themselves in darfer of being shot.


Russia generally treated the POWs better than the Americans did. They will wonder whether in it was necessary and justifiable, in the light of the principle of self- determination of peoples, to deny fifteen million Germans the right to live in their homelands and to subject them to a form of ‘ethnic cleansing’, first forcing them to flee, then expelling them in a way that mames millions more deaths after the end of hos- tilities – deaths that were in the name of ‘peace’.

Jammes and updated for this new edition, bestseller Crimes and Mercies was first published by Little, Brown in the U. And finally, after the war, they helped the Soviets commit new crimes, against the democratic leaders of Poland, and against former allies of the West.

He was typical of the reforming, generous, independent spirit of many Americans opposed to Empire and ja,es government, with a naive faith in the goodness of the United States.

They saw three rows of corpses along the road in front of the camp.

The former Chief Rabbi of Berlin, Dr Baeck, was reported in an influential US magazine to have ‘horrified the hate cult in this country by calling merciez his Jewish colleagues to join with him in demanding relief feeding for Germany. Hoover abandoned his profitable business to pour his money and organizing skills into arranging transportation, loans, visas, permits, communications and lodging for the many Americans – still then at peace – who wanted to get out of Europe.

Life magazine stated unequivocally in that the Russians ‘look like Americans, dress like Americans and think like Americans’. After the United States, Britain in was probably the most powerful nation on the face of the devastated earth, with the biggest empire in the history of the world.

This seemed to me to be the same struggle between good and evil that had gone on in the bacqke of Jesus Christ, as he stood on a hillside ajd the desert and was tempted by the devil; it was the struggle between the devil and Faust for Faust’s soul.

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Instead, having determined their policy in secret, they deceived the public. Let us also hope that Russian, Polish and Czech historians will take this opportunity to come to grips with aspects of their own history that hitherto could not be researched.


By Marcheven Roosevelt, invincibly credulous about Stalin, was beginning to wonder if jamws Soviets had any intention of accepting Anglo-Saxon ideas for sharing world power, or of making the United Nations work. And they were carrying it out massively, internationally, with superb organization at high speed and terrific cost, to the needy nations of earth save only one.

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The only way to do that is to be good and hard on them. By Septemberwhen the Japanese war was over and the atomic cloud had spread around the world, no one could doubt that the Soviets were already breaking all their promises about Poland. American troops shot civilian women who tried to feed the POWs; they also seized food and burned it; and 4 Germans were kept on starvation rations of less than calories per day cpd as part of deliberate policy Morgentau plan.

The sight of these pitiful victims meant that the Germans were Mrrcies and Mercies denied a share in the relief that was already on its way to the rest of the world. In the summer of in Berlin, nearly every baby was born dead, or died within a few days. The destination of the I corpses was not revealed to Buchal. James Bacque gives us an account of crimes and mercies in the twentieth century. Stimson, 27 Crimes and Mercies that the Morgenthau Plan would mean the deaths of some twenty million Germans by starvation and exposure.

Neither England nor the United States had ever lost a war against non-Anglo-Saxons in over five centuries of struggles with the greatest military jajes on every continent, in the air, on the sea, under the sea, on land, under every kind of regime. Open to the weather, lacking even primitive sanitary facilities, underfed, the prisoners soon began dying of starvation and disease.

One US Army officer who read the posted order in May 1 has written that badque was ‘the intention of Army command regarding the German POW camps in the US Zone from May 1 through the end of 1 to exterminate as many POWs as the traffic would bear without international scrutiny’.