Suppressed Post-War History
By James Bacque
As soon as World War II ended in 1945, Canada and the United States began shipping food to the hundreds of millions of people who were facing starvation as a result of the war.
Unprecedented in world history, this massive program fulfilled the highest ideals for which the Western Allies had fought. Their generosity seemed to have no limit. They fed former enemies — Italy and Japan — as well as a new enemy, the Soviet Union.
Only Germany was left out!
[Above Photo: A British nurse in Berlin helps 3 GERMAN refugee children expelled from an orphanage in Danzig, now Gdansk. The boy on the left, aged 9 yrs. old, weighs 40lbs and is too weak to stand. The boy in the center, aged 12 yrs. old, weighs just 46lbs, and his eight-year old sister, right, weighs 37lbs. This photo was first published in Time magazine on 12 November 1945.]
It is well known in the West that the Allies hanged Nazis for crimes — the murder of Jews, the brutal mass expulsions, the deadly forced-labour camps, the starvation of entire nations.
What is not generally known is that these occupying armies carved off 25% of Germany’s most fertile land and placed it under Russian and Polish control, forcibly expelling about 16,000,000 people into what area remained.
It has also been forgotten — or hidden — that the Allies forbade emigration, and kept millions of prisoners in forced-labour camps. International charitable aid to Germany was banned for another year, then restricted for more than a year. When it was permitted, it came too late for millions of German people who were already dead.
In a plan devised by U.S. secretary of the treasury Henry C. Morgenthau Jr., the Allies “pastoralized” Germany. They slashed production of oil, tractors, steel and other products that had been essential to the war effort. They cut fertilizer production by 82 percent. They under-valued German exports (which they controlled), depriving Germans of cash needed to buy food. And a large percentage of young male workers were kept in forced-labour camps for years. During the six months following the end of the war, Germany’s industrial production fell by 75 percent.
http://trutube.tv/video/988/1945-Lost-German-Girl (Probably gang-raped and beatened by invading troops)
The loss of so much fertile land, and the drop in fertilizer supplies caused agricultural production to fall by 65 percent. Sixty million people began to starve in their huge prison.
The mass expulsions from one part of Germany to another, approved at the Allied victory conference in Potsdam in July and August, 1945, were enforced “with the very maximum of brutality,” wrote British writer and philanthropist Victor Gollancz in his book Our Threatened Values (1946).
Canadian writer and TV producer Robert Allen, in an article titled Letter from Berlin, in Reading magazine (February, 1946), described the scene in a Berlin railway station as the refugees arrived in late 1945:
“They were all exhausted and starved and miserable … A child only half alive … A woman in the most terrible picture of despair I’ve seen … Even when you see it, it’s impossible to believe … God it was terrible.”
In the West, the plan to dismantle German industrial capacity began at the British headquarters of General Dwight Eisenhower in August, 1944. Meeting with Mr. Morgenthau, General Dwight Eisenhower prescribed a treatment for Germany that would be “good and hard,” giving as his reason that “the whole German population is a synthetic paranoid.“
I first happened on the outlines of this story while researching my 1989 book Other Losses, about the mass deaths of German prisoners of war in Allied camps. For 45 years, historians have never disputed a massive survey conducted over four years by the government of chancellor Konrad Adenauer, which stated that some 1, 400, 000 German prisoners had died in captivity. What is still disputed by the two sides is how many died in each side’s camps. Each has blamed the other for nearly all the deaths.
In the National Archives in Ottawa, I found a document seized by Canadians in 1946, showing a death-rate in the city of Brilon in north-central Germany almost triple the total reported for the Allies for their zones of Germany in 1945-46. The U.S. Army medical officer in Germany secretly reported that the actual death rate in the U.S. zone in May, 1946, was 21.4 per 1,000 per year, or 83 percent higher than the military governor was reporting to Washington.
These documents in Ottawa, Moscow, Washington and Stanford, recently revealed or long neglected, show that the Allies not only destroyed most German industry, they also reduced German food production to the point that Germans received less food for long periods during several years than the starving Dutch had received under German occupation.
While Germans starved, the Canadian-U.S. relief program swung into action in other parts of the world. Former U.S. president Herbert Hoover, then chief food adviser to president Harry Truman, flew around the world assessing need and supply.
Mr. Hoover begged, borrowed and bought enough food from the few other surplus countries — Australia and Argentina — to feed nearly all the world’s starving.
As Mr. Hoover pronounced victory over the greatest famine threat in world history, Germans were entering their worst year ever. In early 1946, reports of conditions in Germany led U.S. senators, among them Kenneth Wherry and William Langer, to protest against “this addlepated (Addle-brained) … brutal and vicious Morgenthau Plan.“
Infant mortality rates in some German cities were 20 per cent per year, catastrophically higher than the average in Germany before the war or in contemporary Europe.
Cases of tuberculosis among children in Kiel, in the British zone, increased by 70 per cent over the prewar period.
Mr. Hoover called for mercy to Germany.
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