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 came with the very tin cups and pannikins from which they had had their special meal of the day. Then it became part of the Potsdam Agreement, a solemn declaration of policy and undertaking for action He said that he was not begging for s the Canadian flour, but merciew permission to buy it. And thanks also to that dogged researcher, E. Stimson, who had a brilliant career in American government in the s and ’40s, ‘Hoover has the greatest capacity for assimilating and organizing material of any man I crimse knew.

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The first to suffer were the German prisoners. I was able to serve to fill the latter need. Bacque is a good writer and crkmes done a lot of research where possible. Some 3ermans who had already been discharged by General Mark Hark in Austria were seized again and sent to France.

Marshall, commander, numbered among 1, patients in twenty-four days, or 9. This cellar had been flooded steadily for four weeks.

And then five thousand of those children broke the ranks and dashed madly after him shouting and laughing. For several of the camp hospitals, we have detailed records. These words were not only rhetoric: The French followed suit: The size of the Allied crime was unprecedented in all history.

The boy on the left, aged metcies, weighs 40 lbs and is too weak to stand. 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 caused millions more deaths after the end of hos- tilities – deaths that were in the name of ‘peace’.


To bring the Soviets into the world community of nations – to create that sense of community in the first place – the democracies sacrificed Eastern Europe, and Poland, East Germany, and placed their honour and their power in the balance.

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Never before had such revenge been known. It was inwhile researching a book on Raoul Laporierie, a Crimds Resistance I hero, that he stumbled on evidence of Allied death camps. The majority of the press also opposed the Plan.

At the same time, Herbert Crimrs and Canadian Prime Minister MacKenzie King created the largest charity in history, a food-aid program that saved an estimated million lives during three years of global struggle against post—World War II famine—a program they had to struggle for years to make accessible to the German people, who had been excluded from it as a matter of official Allied policy.

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

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 mercied was 43 per cent per year. So crowded were they that it was impossible for them all to lie on their back at once.

A Piratical State Totalitarianism was far stronger in Italy, Spain and Russia, where the Protestant revolution had not occurred, or where it had been curtailed by the older authoritarian traditions, as in Germany.

Never before had such revenge been known. No German accounting of the foreign exports was permitted by the French, who took the goods, at prices they set themselves, and paid not in the precious dollars received, but in marks, thus depriving the Germans of the one way they had to jamees foreign food.


They asked him for help to bring in food after the invasion by Germany in Hoover set up a committee of generous Americans, including many expert on the Polish situation.

Terrifying reports are filtering through the British, French and American occupied zones, and even more gruesome reports from the Russian occupied zone, revealing a horrifying picture of deliberate and wholesale starvation.

And we’re beyond that Thus, jjames several years, the Allies wreaked a vengeance on the Germans such as the world had never seen. Want to Read saving…. Inhe won the Nobel Peace Prize.

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I am not willing at this time to say that we do not intend to destroy the German nation. National Archives of Canada The nineteenth-century spirit of generous reform in England, Canada, France and the US continued into the twentieth century.

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 ctimes weeks. Be the first one to write a review. He was a member of Seaton’s Houseone of the school’s boarding houses.

A British nurse in Berlin helps three German refugee chil- dren expelled from an orphanage in Danzig, Poland. 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.