Charles Burris writes on Other Losses, a documentary by James Bacque
Extremely powerful and courageous cinematic effort to correct the flawed and duplicitous Post-WWII historical record concerning Allied (particularly American) governments of the deliberate and calculated horrific treatment of captured German soldiers and non-combatant civilians. Described as “the last dirty secret of World War Two,” this tragic story remains highly inflammatory and subject to criticism by court historians and regime academics. Together with his central role in the Operation Keelhaul forced repatriation of captured Soviet POWs back to the USSR, the place of Dwight David Eisenhower in history will remain disputed and controversial for decades to come.
2:00 to 9:42
The conquering allies were afraid of Germany despite their own overwhelming military strength. Churchill was afraid that Germany spirit would rise again and attack the British Empire. American President Roosevelt was afraid that Germany would rise again and conquer world markets. Soviet Premiere, Josef Stalin, was afraid that German fascism would rise again and destroy communism.
As allied tanks were racing into Germany in September, 1944, Churchill and Roosevelt met in Quebec City to decide what to do after the war was over. They discussed a plan to pastoralize Germany, which meant in reality to keep on killing Germans for years after they had surrendered. Pastoralized was a new word in goodspeak, the language which controls people by deceiving them. pastorlization meant that even after Germany surrendered, there would be no peace; instead, the war would continue by other means. Like the war itself, the post-war treatment was carefully planned. First, allied planes swept over the battlefields dropping a powerful drug called “Hope” onto the German soldiers. The drug was contained in millions of leaflets promising peace, food, and shelter if the soldiers surrendered. The next phase of the plan was devised by Roosevelt’s friend, Henry C. Morgenthau, who was Secretary of the U.S. Treasury. In their meeting at Quebec, President Roosevelt approved the Morgenthau Plan to pastoralize Germany but Winston Churchill said it was unnatural, un-Christian, and unnecessary. Then Morgenthau persuaded Roosevelt to offer Churchill an enormous bribe of $6 billion dollars to approve the plan. Churchill and FDR secretly approved it in September, 1944. Within a few weeks, the press discovered that the Morgenthau plan would starve Germans to death after the war. This enraged the people of North America and Britain who wanted peace not vengeance. In the United States, Thomas Dewey, a senior Republican, said “This is like adding 10 fresh divisions to the German Army.”
German propaganda minister, Josef Goebbels, ordered every civilian to turn his house into a fortress. FDR hastily covered up the Morgenthau Plan under another good speak term, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Order 1067 or just JCS 1067. Under this title, the Morgenthau Plan to pastoralize Germany was being implemented even before the Germans surrender in May, 1945. The Allies said in a press conference in March 1945 that the many millions of German prisoners would be protected by the International Red Cross under the Geneva Convention. But the Americans prevented the Red Cross from visiting the starving prisoners. Trying to give this treatment legal justification in March 1945, Eisenhower, Allied Commander in Western Europe, asked his commander in Washington, General George Marshall, to invent a new category called Disarmed Enemy Forces, DEF. This was more good speak, meaning that many German prisoners lost their precious right to visits of the Red Cross camp inspectors under the Geneva Convention. When that right was abolished, Eisenhower could hide the deadly conditions in the U.S. Army prison camps. The prisoners were routinely deprived of shelter, medical aid, food. Some did not even receive water for days. Once they were designated as Disarmed Enemy Forces, DEF, instead of prisoners of war, the were entitled to nothing. Yuraqi Bouf, as a young lieutenant, was a prisoner first in Buch, then in Rhineburg.
The main preparations the Americans made for most prisoners was to erect barbed wire fences around swampy meadows, along the Rhine River. Everyone in Germany wearing a uniform, including street car drivers, foresters, wounded men in hospitals and their nurses was taken to the barbed wired prison gates, stripped of identity markers, robbed of their valuables, and abandoned in the mud.