Tuesday, July 26, 2016

"When logic and proportion Have fallen sloppy dead."

Our society is losing its tenuous grip on reality.  When someone commits a terrorist act while screaming “Allahu Akbar” the authorities must search their souls to find out what the possible motive might have been.  People can now choose their sex.  This will be interesting when most female scholarships and awards start going to the “transgendered.”  Will Blacks tolerate large numbers of Whites claiming they are Black in order to claim benefits? It appears that this behavior is acceptable as long as it is isolated. It also has a long tradition. 

Grey Owl (Archibald Belaney)

Iron Eyes Cody  (Espera Oscar de Corate)

Chief Wild Eagle (Frank Dekova)

Chief Humbug (Ward Churchill)

Pocahontas (Elizabeth Warren)

Chief Peacemaker (Alexie Kosygin)

Although she has not claimed her Native American Status, Stefoknee Wolscht, (a former 56 year old male) is now a 6-year-old female.  Is she attending school?  If not, has the family been visited by child protective services?

Friday, July 22, 2016

Additions to the MP Third Edition – POWs

         One indication of the value placed on the lives of these prisoners is their use by the allies in mine clearance.  This was in violation of Article 32 of the 1929 Geneva Convention.  A Norwegian documentary claimed, “Many of the Germans were killed through their guards' habit of chasing them criss-cross over a cleared field to ensure that no mines remained.”
According to S. P. MacKenzie, "by September 1945 it was estimated by the French authorities that two thousand prisoners were being maimed and killed each month in [mine clearance] accidents" S. P. MacKenzie, P.503 The Treatment of Prisoners of War in World War II, The Journal of Modern History, The University of Chicago Press

According to the BBC, a fifth of all agricultural work in the UK was performed by German prisoners in 1946.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forced_labor_of_Germans_after_World_War_II
The British Ministry of Agriculture argued against repatriation of German prisoners 1947 because in they made up 25 percent of the agricultural workforce.  In spite of their objections 250,000 of the prisoners were repatriated by the end of 1947 with the last prisoners released by November 1948.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forced_labor_of_Germans_after_World_War_II
         One of the main opponents of the use of slave labor was Supreme Court Justice, Robert Jackson.  Jackson stated, “The plan is to impress great numbers of laborers into foreign service, which means herding them into concentration camps.”  He believed this, “will largely destroy the positions of the United States in this war.” 3  Jackson told President Truman in October 1945 that the Allies, "have done or are doing some of the very things we are prosecuting the Germans for. The French are so violating the Geneva Convention in the treatment of prisoners of war that our command is taking back prisoners sent to them. We are prosecuting plunder and our Allies are practicing it. We say aggressive war is a crime and one of our allies asserts sovereignty over the Baltic States based on no title except conquest.”

p. 217 Claus Nordbruch – Bleeding Germany Dry

“This extraordinary news – that starved people ridden with lice, pneumonia, TB and typhoid fever, sleeping in the mud, have a lower mortality than civilians eating every day in houses – did not strike the German observers as odd.  They blithely ignored evidence that was howling at them.”  (Crimes and Mercies p. 59)

3 M. Stanton Evans and Herbert Romerstein, Stalin’s Secret Agents p. 190.

Additions to the MP Third Edition – Currency and The Black Market

          What could possibly go wrong with giving the Soviets, what David Rees described as "a blank check drawn on the Bank of Inter-Allied Unity?" 4  Walter Rundell wrote, “The United States government could have had no idea the Russians would unloose a plethora of Allied military marks to flood the German economy.”  (Rundell p. 43)  This faith in the Soviets required a complete lack of knowledge of their previous behavior.  Benn Steil called White’s trust in the Russians as, “inexcusably naïve, at best.” 5
         Vladimir Petrov related that the three Western allies put into circulation a total of about 10.5 billion AM Marks.  The Soviets issued on "a very conservative estimate" 78 billion. 6   These occupation marks were eventually redeemed by the American and British taxpayers.  Rober Haeger of the United Press estimated, "This oblique raid on the Treasury amounted to more than $300,000,000 before the Army called a halt, . . .” 7   Hartrich calculated that "the Americans had been fleeced out of $500 million and the British out of $300 million by the Communist financiers." 8  Walter Rundell, Jr. puts the figure at $530,755,440.  (Rundell, Walter, Jr. Black Market Money.  Louisiana State University Press, 1964. p. 7)  Rundell gives the figures for October 1945 in Berlin, “The Berlin district disbursed as  pay and allowances in October $2,570,921.32; yet it collected through finance offices, Army post offices, post exchanges, and quartermaster sales stores a total of $8,226,461.73!”  Ibid, p. 71  Rundell asserted that it was clear that no one was trying to limit this situation.  He attributed this to General Eisenhower: The primary deterrent to any effective action on G-1’s part was the unsympathetic attitude toward currency control on the part of the theater commander, General Eisenhower.”  Ibid p. 51
         Walter Rundell Jr. claimed that 80% of the overdraft in marks was of Russian origin.  (Rundell, Walter, Jr. Black Market Money.  Louisiana State University Press, 1964. p. 36) 

Col. Stanley Andrews commented on a group of U.S. Congressmen that came to Germany for an inspection.  “They were given Post Exchange cards which allowed them to buy anything at they wanted at the local Post Exchange. They would load up their suitcases with cigarettes, and, on at least one occasion, a very prominent congressman asked me: ‘Tell me where this black market village is?’ and he headed straight for it.” Stanley Andrews, Journal of a Retread, (Alamo, Texas, 1971).  https://archive.org/stream/TheJournalOfARetread/The%20Journal%20of%20a%20Retread_djvu.txt
         Col Andrews quotes an Army officer on the black market policy:

. . .nobody who sold a few cartons was considered a criminal. It was the big wheeler-dealers who dealt in cars, diamonds and tens of thousands of dollars that the CID [Criminal Investigations Division] was after. This army organization might call on you if you ordered 100 cartons a week from the US (at one dollar a carton), and enquire politely whether you were really such a heavy smoker. But they were too busy to investigate something like twenty cartons a month. For four packages of cigarettes, you could hire a German orchestra for an entire evening.

Russians paid the equivalent of US$1,000 for a Mickey Mouse watch.  In July 1945 the army's finance office in Berlin disbursed one million dollars in pay, yet soldiers sent some three million dollars to addresses in America.  (Kevin Conley Ruffner, The Black Market in Postwar Berlin Colonel Miller and an Army Scandal, Prologue Magazine,  Vol. 34, No. 3, 2002 http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2002/fall/berlin-black-market-1.html)
         As early as May 1945 SHAEF warned the War Department that Russian behavior, “was endangering the Army’s entire monetary program.” (Rundell, p. 44)  There was opposition to currency reform among the higher levels of the military.  Rundell states, “The primary deterrent to any effective action . . . was the unsympathetic attitude toward currency control on the part of the theater commander, General Dwight D. Eisenhower.” (Rundell, p. 51)  The currency problem began to draw media attention.  In August 1945 currency conversion controls were devised that would be implemented on 1 November.  Randell stated, “Inexplicably and revealing an amazing lack of coordination . . . the adjutant general announced the proposed” reforms which Randell described this as “an open invitation to convert all indigenous currency,” including black market proceeds.  (Randell p. 70)  Rundell points out that GIs in Berlin converted nearly 6 million dollars more than they received in pay during the month of October. (Rundell, p. 71) 

4  Laurence Rees, WWII Behind Closed Doors (New York, Pantheon Books, 2008), p. 184.
5 Benn Steil, The Battle of Bretton Woods, (Princeton and Oxford, Princeton University Press, 2013), p. 273
6   Rees, Harry Dexter White, p. 190.
7  Settel, ed., This is Germany, p. 9.
8  Hartrich, The Fourth and Richest Reich, pp. 38-39.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Hollywood Rubs Raw the Sores of Racial Discontent

Originally published on American Thinker on July 20, 2016

"The despair is there; now it's up to us to go in and rub raw the sores of discontent, galvanize 
them for radical social change.” (Saul Alinsky)

The power of film was understood early in the history of the medium, demonstrated by the virtual banning of the film Birth of a Nation for nearly 100 years. Its possible adverse effect
on race relations was the reason.  Today, racism -- nowadays anti-white racism instead of the anti-black racism of a century ago – is once again being driven by prominent filmmakers.
In the last four decades, a new genre of film has arisen described by Paul Kelsey as “anti-white snuff films.”  These films, often advertised as being based on fact, tend to exaggerate the horrors of slavery or police brutality and idealize the victims.  This results in the promotion of black rage and paranoia and engenders feelings of guilt in more suggestible whites.  Mississippi Burning, Roots, Amistad, Django Unchained, Birth of a Nation (2016), Fruitvale Station, The Butler, 12 Years a Slave, 42, Lincoln, and Selma are to a greater or lesser extent part of this genre.
In the movie Fruitvale Station, a scene shows Oscar Grant, the main character, coming to the aid of a dog that was hit by a car.  The scene is totally fabricated but adds to the humanization of the future victim.  Variety’s review noted, “Even if every word of Coogler’s account of the last day in Grant’s life held up under close scrutiny, the film would still ring false in its relentlessly positive portrayal of its subject.”  The Butler is an account of Eugene Allen who served as a butler in the White House through eight administrations.  Although Allen told the Washington Post that he had enjoyed a happy childhood, the film opens with a nine-year-old future butler watching the cotton-plantation scion raping his mom.  In Mississippi Burning there is a scene where a black boy is attacked outside a church.  It is supposedly based on an attack on Beatrice Cole. Cole claims that after she requested to be allowed to kneel and pray the Klansman decided not to beat her.  
A reviewer of 12 Years a Slave reported, “The film is so powerful it caused some critics to walk out and left others in tears. The film has already made many Americans uneasy about their past.”  President Obama stated after watching The Butler,
“You know, I did see The Butler, and I did tear up.  I teared up just thinking about not just the butlers who have worked here in the White House, but an entire generation of people who were talented and skilled, but because of Jim Crow, because of discrimination, there was only so far they could go.“ 
The First Lady claimed, "I know I was mad just watching the movie," after watching 42, a movie about the life of Jackie Robinson.
Of course reactions often exceed mere anger.  The 1988 film Mississippi Burning is an example.  After watching the film Todd Mitchell asked his friends, "Do you all feel hyped up to move on some white people?”  They chased down 14-year-old Gregory Roddick and beat him so severely that he suffered permanent brain damage.  After seeing Django Unchained, a number of moviegoers issued violent and racist tweets expressing a desire to kill white people.  In an interview with YourBlackWorld.net, Louis Farrakhan after watching Django Unchained stated, “To me, the movie had a purpose.  If a black man came out of that movie thinking like Django and white people came out of that movie seeing the slaughter of white people and they are armed to the teeth, it’s preparation for a race war.”
If Hollywood chose to concentrate on the theme of white children murdered by black perpetrators they could find plenty of highly dramatic material.  5-month-old Andre Jenkins was placed in a clothes dryer by his babysitter.  12-year-old Jonathan Foster was murdered with a blowtorch.  13-month-old Antonio Santiago was shot in the face at point-blank range in front of his mother.  There is an extensive but only partial list of white children murdered, often in a most savage manner.  It is quite likely such movies would have a negative social impact.  When Director Quentin Tarantino was asked if there was a link between screen violence and actual violence he replied, “It’s a movie, it’s a fantasy. It’s not real life.”
The end result of these films and the news media narrative has been to increase the level of violence.  This has been demonstrated by the recent murders of police officers.  The idealization of “cop killers” has an interesting history.  CNN commentator and academic, a defender of Mumia Abu-Jamal, was so intrigued by the Chris Dorner murders that he remarked, “It’s almost like watching ‘Django Unchained’ in real life. It’s kind of exciting.”  A former Miss Alabama announced that she felt the Dallas shooter was a martyr.  Even Time magazine has argued that rioting was a justifiable form of protest.

Additions to the MP Third Edition – Ethnic Cleansing

“Woe, woe, woe, thrice woe to the Germans, we will liquidate you!” – Edvard Benes, President of Czechoslovakia

                           The Prussian village of Metgethen October 1944

“Kill them all, men, old men, children and the women, after you have amused yourself with them!” – Ilya Ehrenberg

         German occupation of Czechoslovakia was far from benign.  Alfred de Zayas estimates that between 75,000 and 250,000 Czechs perished during the Nazi occupation. 4  However, R.M. Douglas points out that Czech munitions workers received higher rations than their German counterparts 5 and “real income rose around 20 percent for working class men, and almost 30 percent for women, between 1939 and 1945” 6  Giles MacDonogh claimed, “Nazi brutality was measured: apart from the massacre at Lidice . . .there were no startling atrocities.” 1  This must be measured against the barbaric reprisals inflicted on the Czechs in response to acts of sabotage.  In retaliation for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, Reich Protector, the village of Lidice was destroyed.  184 of the men over 15 years of age were executed and 184 women and 88 children were sent to concentration camps.  Of these only 153 women and 17 children returned after the war.  This does not necessarily mean the missing women and children were killed, only that they were the only ones to return.  The Nazi massacre at Lidice is well known.  It is even the subject of a movie. 2
         The Lidice massacre can be contrasted with an incident at Horní Moštěnice.  On June 18–19, 1945 Czechoslovak  soldiers removed 71 German men, 120 women and 74 children from a train and made them dig their own graves.  They did not transport the women and children to camps.  Like the men they were shot in the back of the head. 3

4  de Zayas, Nemesis at Potsdam, p. 35.
5  R. M. Douglas, Orderly and Humane: The Expulsion of the Germans after the Second World War, p. 22.
6  Ibid., p. 259.
1  Giles MacDonogh, After the Reich, p. 130.
2 https://books.google.com/books?id=vOeYCgAAQBAJ&pg=PA67&dq=lidice+movie&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CDAQ6AEwAWoVChMIgpfiioLCyAIVQ8RjCh3_xQDz#v=onepage&q=lidice%20movie&f=false.
3 R. M. Douglas, Orderly and Humane: The Expulsion of the Germans after the Second World War, p. 96.

Additions to the MP Third Edition – The Cover-Up

         A major criticism of the German population was that they claimed they were not aware of the atrocities committed by their government.  Senator Alben Barkley (D-KY) claimed, "It would tax the incredulity [sic] of any normal intelligent human being, to ask him or her to believe that these things existed without widespread knowledge among the German people themselves." Germans lived under a totalitarian regime where an unguarded comment might result in dire consequences.  Yet in spite of this many people did know and those who didn't, didn't know because they did not want to know.  A “free” society would react differently.  However, R.M. Douglas points out in his manuscript, Orderly and Humane, the consequences of the Morgenthau Plan and the postwar settlement are almost completely unknown.  He gives the example of Mary Fulbrooks’ History of Germany 1918-2008 in which she “disposes of the episode (the ethnic cleansing of Eastern Europe) in a single uninformative paragraph.”  He further states, “The Cambridge Illustrated History of Germany is typical in not according the expulsions a single mention.” *         The following manuscript chronicles events that should be commonly known but are not.  Many of these events were and are denied by academics and professional historian who live in a free society.  I will provide examples of comments made by professional historians that reveal either profound ignorance or malignant mendacity.  I have attempted to provide an honest account of these events.  I am aware of the importance of an author’s credibility.   A sure method an author uses that will damage his credibility is to provide exact numbers for various casualties.  No one can possibly determine with any accuracy how many people perished in a particular incident.  Because of the passion aroused by this subject authors are prone to provide specific numbers.  I have attempted to provide the high and low estimates.  As an example, the bombing of Dresden by the RAF and USAAF is reported to have caused from 22,700 to 500,000 fatalities.  The population of the city was estimated at 350,000 inhabitants at the time.  It was swollen with an unknown number of refugees fleeing the Soviets.   The RAF and USAAF reportedly dropped more than 3,900 tons of high-explosives and incendiary devices on the city causing a firestorm reducing it to a pile of rubble.  It is unlikely that either figure approaches the actual casualty count.
         I have used a wide variety of sources for this manuscript.  I have attempted to avoid obviously extremist sources.  I have relied primarily on biographies, autobiographies, Foreign Service publications and the works of respected historians.  I advise the reader to check these sources carefully and be very skeptical about what is recorded.  Even government documents have been sanitized and in many cases have disappeared completely.  Autobiographies understandably have an agenda and biographers frequently have a vested interest in embellishing the reputations of their subjects.

*R. M. Douglas, Orderly and Humane: The Expulsion of the Germans after the Second World War (New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 2012), p. 2.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Additions to the MP Third Edition – Communist Influence

         I take full responsibility for any errors in this manuscript.  I researched this work without assistance.  One advantage of working alone is that I was not advised that dealing with certain subjects might jeopardize certain benefits.  I was not concerned about being denied tenure or being denied a government grant.  Many “orthodox” historians do not have this luxury.        
         The major thesis of this book is agents of the Soviet Union had a significant impact on America’s foreign policy.  This is not the orthodox view.  Harvey Klehr has written:

"In our more than twenty years of archivally based research on Soviet espionage in America, we have uncovered ample documentation of Soviet intelligence obtaining American technical, military, and diplomatic information but very little indicating successful policy manipulation." 1

When queried on this matter Dr. Klehr responded, “The point of our comment was that we have not seen anything in Russian archives indicating that someone like White got told to try to manipulate policy.  I am no expert on the Morgenthau Plan but my guess is that it was White acting on his own.” 2 Dr. Klehr might be considered a preeminent scholar in the field of Soviet infiltration of the U.S. government.  However, I believe that this manuscript will demonstrate that his conclusions are incorrect.  He did not have access to all of the Soviet files.

In a 1974 interview with Richard McKinzie of the Truman Library General Clay was highly critical of the Civil Affairs Branch.  Clay stated: “We certainly went in there with a great number of people who were either members of the Communist party or tended in that direction. This was not the place nor the time for them. It did create some problems that took a long time to correct. Many of these men had come to us on Treasury teams. We ran into a tremendous opposition on the part of the Treasury if we attempted to change or remove any of these people.” www.trumanlibrary.org/oralhist/clayl.htm

1 “Influence and the Experts, Part 1,” Diana West, May 6, 2014, http://dianawest.net/Home/tabid/36/EntryId/2823/Influence-and-the-Experts-Part-I.aspx
2 Email dated 1 July 2015

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Additions to the MP Third Edition – Engineered Famine

Starvation is not the dramatic thing one so often reads and imagines... of people in mobs crying for food and falling over in the streets. The starving... those who are dying never say anything and one rarely sees them. They first become listless and weak, they react quickly to cold and chills, they sit staring in their rooms or lie listlessly in their beds... one day they just die. The doctor usually diagnoses malnutrition and complications resulting therefrom. Old women and kids usually die first because they are weak and are unable to get out and scrounge for the extra food it takes to live. It is pretty hard for an American who has lacked enough food to become ravenously hungry perhaps only once or twice in a lifetime to understand what real starvation is.

Steven Bela Vardy and T. Hunt Tooley, eds. "Ethnic Cleansing in Twentieth-Century Europe" ISBN 0-88033-995-0. Chapter by Richard Dominic Wiggers, "The United States and the Refusal to Feed German Civilians after World War II" p.282,283

         In January 1946 34 U.S. senators petitioned that private relief organizations be allowed to help Germany and Austria. They stated that the desperate food situation in occupied Germany "presents a picture of such frightful horror as to stagger the imagination, evidence which increasingly marks the United States as an accomplice in a terrible crime against humanity." Council of Relief Agencies Licensed to Operate in Germany https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Council_of_Relief_Agencies_Licensed_to_Operate_in_Germany

         In Steven Ambrose’s , Eisenhower and the German POWs, Professor James F. Tent claimed, “By the spring of 1947, and thereafter to the end of the military occupation, the number and variety of supplemental programs expanded to the point that some observers asked with only slight irony if there were any normal consumers – that is, those consuming 1,550 calories per day – left in the British and American zones.”    Tent appears to be saying that the food crisis was over by 1947.  Yet, the same text includes a photo of seven German infants “picked at random” from a Catholic hospital in Berlin in various stages of malnutrition dated October 1947.

Seven German infants picked at random from sixty such cases at the Catholic Children's hospital in Berlin show malnutrition in various stages.  October 25, 1947 National Archives photo no. 111-SC-292762

         Military Government border control also played a role in contributing to the famine conditions.  Col Stanley Andrews relates how in the summer of 1945 nothing passed through the Italian-Austrian border without “the most elaborate set of permits.”  In mid-July he learned that an estimated 300,000 head of sheep moving toward the Austrian border had been stopped at the border.  “The dry grass and even water on the Italian side was soon gone and here were sheep likely to die of starvation. Some shepherd families had passbooks showing that some member of that family had moved sheep into Austria each summer for centuries. Nevertheless, under the allied rule these passbooks were useless and considerable chaos among sheep and people was rapidly developing.” (The Journal of a Retread)

A U.S. intelligence survey by a German university professor reportedly said: "Your soldiers are good-natured, good ambassadors; but they create unnecessary ill will to pour twenty litres of left-over cocoa in the gutter when it is badly needed in our clinics. It makes it hard for me to defend American democracy amongst my countrymen."

Nicholas Balabkins listed several products that were not available under the Military Government’s rules:

Neither the Italians nor the Dutch could sell the vegetables that they had previously sold in Germany, with the consequence that the Dutch had to destroy considerable proportions of their crop. Denmark offered 150 tons of lard a month; Turkey offered hazelnuts; Norway offered fish and fish oil; Sweden offered considerable amounts of fats. However, the Allies disallowed the Germans to trade.
Balabkins, Germany Under Direct Controls, p. 125

Col. Stanley Andrews, related how, “In Scandinavia, tons of fish were being transformed into cow feed and fish meal because the normal markets for fish had not been allowed yet to open in Germany. (The Journal of a Retread)

         On May 27, 1947 William Clayton sent a memo to Under Secretary Dean Acheson stating "millions of people in the cities are slowly starving." http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/FRUS/FRUS-idx?type=goto&id=FRUS.FRUS1947v03&isize=M&submit=Go+to+page&page=230  American attitudes gradually began to change.  This was illustrated by General Frank Howley in his book Berlin Command.  Howley arrived in Berlin on July 1, 1945 as the head of the military government detachment.  He recorded, “We went to Berlin in 1945, thinking only of the Russians as big, jolly, balalaika-playing fellows, who drank prodigious quantities of vodka and liked to wrestle in the drawing room.  We know now—or should know—that we were hopelessly naive.
         Howley relates a story about a hunting trip in Barbizon, France prior to his assignment to Berlin.  In December a wild sow was shot.  She had two “little ones.”  A “softhearted G.I.” picked them up and brought them to him and he decided to keep them as mascots.  They named them the Smith Brothers although one of them was female.  “They were fed with milk, from bottles with nipples, and proved a good morale factor.”  They were carried to Berlin where they lived for two years in a converted garage.  They eventually grew to three feet high.
         One day the Sergeant in charge of the pigs heard a “frightful squealing.”  He found a German clubbing the sow.  Attempts to revive her failed and she passed away and was buried “with military honors.”  After this “tragedy” the other pig became uncontrollable and was reluctantly barbecued.  This is a very touching story.  However, it should be pointed out that infants were dying of starvation not to far from where a pig was buried at the Colonels headquarters.  
         Howley was promoted to Commandant of the Berlin garrison on December 1, 1947 and Brigadier General in March, 1949.  He departed Berlin in August 1949.  He took his duties seriously and endeared himself to the Berliners.  They name a street after him in gratitude.

         Professor James Tent attributed Clay’s opposition to relief agencies working in Germany to his “distaste for carpetbaggers.”  Thus, the Catholic Relief Services, Unitarians, Mennonites and others relief agencies were categorized as “carpetbaggers.”   However, it appears that Clay was following official policy that had been established by the government leaders.  Freda Utley claimed, “No one of German race was allowed any help by the United Nations. The displaced-persons camps were closed to them and first the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) and then the International Refugee Organization (IRO) was forbidden to succor them.”  Giles MacDonogh reported, “The San Francisco Conference at the end of 1944 made it clear that German expellees were exempted from international aid.” 

         Displaced Persons (DPs) were, despite the “food shortage,” provided with sufficient rations.  In fact Lieutenant Colonel Jerry Sage testified before a Congressional Subcommittee on Immigration that the diet proved to be more than sustaining.  He claimed that, “by July 1947, the average DP in the U.S. zone of Germany weighed 2 percent more than the army considered healthy.”           

         All of the occupation policies can be rationalized to one extent or another.  However, there is one policy that cannot be justified under any circumstance.  It is alluded to by General Clay,  "Hunger was to be seen everywhere and even the refuse pails from our messes, from which everything of value had been removed, were gone over time and time again in a search for the last scrap of nourishment."    The question is, who removed "everything of value" from the refuse pails?  Was it removed by the starving or was it removed by military personnel in order to keep it out of the hands of those starving individuals?  Giles MacDonogh claims, “It was American policy that nothing should be given away and everything should be thrown away.”  He states that when the Americans discovered that someone had raided their refuse they “were more careful after that.”  Charles Lindbergh recorded, "German children look in through the window. We have more food than we need, but regulations prevent giving it to them.  I feel ashamed of myself, of my people, as I eat and watch those children. They are not to blame for the war. They are hungry children. What right have we to stuff ourselves while they look on - well-fed men eating, leaving unwanted food on plates, while hungry children look on. What right have we to damn the Nazi and the Jap while we carry on with such callousness and hatred in our hearts. 
It was not only the military that was well fed.  James L. Payne reported that German taxpayers were paying for “one ton of water bugs to feed a U.S. general’s pet fish.” http://www.independent.org/pdf/tir/tir_11_02_03_payne.pdf

This engineered famine is often attributed to a world like food shortage.  Yet Steven Ambrose quotes President Truman’s Secretary of Agriculture, Clinton P. Anderson, as saying, “Fortunately for this country and for the world American farmers produced record crops of both wheat and corn again in 1946.” ( Steven Ambrose, Eisenhower and the German POWs, p.109.)

Monday, July 18, 2016

Additions to the MP Third Edition - Lampshades

Anti-German propaganda was an important part of the war effort.  Many outrageous and untrue claims were made which should have been unnecessary.  The Nazi had committed sufficient atrocities deserving condemnation.  The false claims are actually counterproductive and damage the credibility of the people making them.  It is similar to an American politician announcing that he had a relative that took part in the liberation of Auschwitz although Auschwitz was liberated by the Soviets.  An example of this is the contention that Isle Koch, the wife of the commandant of Buchenwald had a collection of lampshades made of human skin.  Giles MacDonogh mentions these lamps on three occasions in his After the Reich.1  Koch may, in fact, have had such a collection.  However, it should be pointed out that there is some question about this assertion.  Koch was tried for war crimes and her sentence was reduced by General Clay.  Clay stated

There was absolutely no evidence in the trial transcript, other than she was a rather loathsome creature, that would support the death sentence. I suppose I received more abuse for that than for anything else I did in Germany. Some reporter had called her the "Bitch of Buchenwald", had written that she had lampshades made of human skin in her house. And that was introduced in court, where it was absolutely proven that the lamp shades were made out of goat skin. 2

Koch was tried again by a German count and this charge was again found groundless.  In 2010 a writer in New York attempted to donate what he believed to be a lampshade made of human skin to both the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Yad Vashem museum in Jerusalem.  They “declined to take possession of the lampshade, saying that the concentration camp lampshades made of human skin were probably a ‘myth.’"3   Further testing revealed that the lampshade was found to be cow skin with 100% certainty. 4

1 Giles MacDonogh, After the Reich, pp. 85, 343, and 462.
2 “Ilse Koch,” Wikipedia, 5 October 2015.
3 Jon Kalish, “New Book Tells Grim Story Of ‘The Lampshade,’”  NPR, December 28, 2010, http://www.npr.org/2010/12/28/132416206/New-Book-Tells-Story-Of-The-Lampshade
4 Teddy Winroth, “‪Human Lampshade: A Holocaust Mystery‬,” YouTube, Aug 6, 2014, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNb1MZbqalk&feature=player_detailpage#t=2294.