In Eisenhower's Death Camps
Of 1.7 Million Germans
a U.S. Death Camp -- 1945
anti-German propaganda-mills are still working overtime in the wholesale
vilification of a people, we would like to present the crimes and hypocrisies of
those who seem to glory in their self-righteous role as "liberators"
and "teachers" of democracy and humanitarian values. This relentless
propaganda in the movies, television and "literature," is not only
cruel, but amounts to a form of mental genocide of the German people; a people
who, like any other people, come in all variations of good and bad, crude
and enlightened, compassionate and cruel as well as so many shades in-between.
It is quite obvious who, for financial extortion and distraction from their own
misdeeds, is after 57 years, still beating the drums of hatred and one-sided accusations.
How "liberating" it must be in deed, to glory in one's human
perfection, not because one is perfect, but, because one is blind to the
complexities and intrigues of true history! Like Jesus said, " let those
who are innocent throw the first stone!" Are these relentless
stone-throwers as innocent as they see themselves? Or do they not even have
enough honor to wrestle with their own short-comings as human beings and
try to forgive the other as they would forgive themselves? Perhaps more should
be said, but in light of the dangers of "free speech" in these times
of "politically correct" democracy, we think it best to shut up for
the time being and let history reveal its truth as it eventually always does.
The Gnostic Liberation Front.
'Eisenhower's Death Camps':
Part I -- A U.S.
Prison Guard's Story
In October, 1944, at age
eighteen, I was drafted into the U.S. army. Largely because of the "Battle
of the Bulge," my training was cut short. My furlough was halved, and I was
sent overseas immediately. Upon arrival in Le Havre, France, we were quickly
loaded into box cars and shipped to the front. When we got there, I was
suffering increasingly severe symptoms of mononucleosis, and was sent to a
hospital in Belgium. Since mononucleosis was then known as the "kissing
disease," I mailed a letter of thanks to my girlfriend.
By the time I left the
hospital, the outfit I had trained with in Spartanburg, South Carolina was deep
inside Germany, so, despite my protests, I was placed in a "repo depot
(replacement depot). I lost interest in the units to which I was assigned and
don't recall all of them: non-combat units were ridiculed at that time. My
separation qualification record states I was mostly with Company C, 14th
Infantry Regiment, during my seventeen-month stay in Germany, but I remember
being transferred to other outfits also.
In late March or early
April, 1945, I was sent to guard a POW camp near Andernach along the Rhine. I
had four years of high school German, so I was able to talk to the prisoners,
although this was forbidden. Gradually, however, I was used as an interpreter
and asked to ferret out members of the S.S. (I found none.)
In Andernach about 50,000
prisoners of all ages were held in an open field surrounded by barbed wire. The
women were kept in a separate enclosure I did not see until later. The men I
guarded had no shelter and no blankets; many had no coats. They slept in the
mud, wet and cold, with inadequate slit trenches for excrement. It was a cold,
wet spring and their misery from exposure alone was evident.
Even more shocking was to
see the prisoners throwing grass and weeds into a tin can containing a thin
soup. They told me they did this to help ease their hunger pains. Quickly, they
grew emaciated. Dysentery raged, and soon they were sleeping in their own
excrement, too weak and crowded to reach the slit trenches. Many were begging
for food, sickening and dying before our eyes. We had ample food and supplies,
but did nothing to help them, including no medical assistance.
Outraged, I protested to my
officers and was met with hostility or bland indifference. When pressed, they
explained they were under strict orders from "higher up." No officer
would dare do this to 50,000 men if he felt that it was "out of line,"
leaving him open to charges. Realizing my protests were useless, I asked a
friend working in the kitchen if he could slip me some extra food for the
prisoners. He too said they were under strict orders to severely ration the
prisoners' food and that these orders came from "higher up." But he
said they had more food than they knew what to do with and would sneak me some.
When I threw this food over
the barbed wire to the prisoners, I was caught and threatened with imprisonment.
I repeated the "offense," and one officer angrily threatened to shoot
me. I assumed this was a bluff until I encountered a captain on a hill above the
Rhine shooting down at a group of German civilian women with his .45 caliber
pistol. When I asked, Why?," he mumbled, "Target practice," and
fired until his pistol was empty. I saw the women running for cover, but, at
that distance, couldn't tell if any had been hit.
This is when I realized I
was dealing with cold-blooded killers filled with moralistic hatred. They
considered the Germans subhuman and worthy of extermination; another expression
of the downward spiral of racism. Articles in the G.I. newspaper, Stars and
Stripes, played up the German concentration camps, complete with photos of
emaciated bodies; this amplified our self-righteous cruelty and made it easier
to imitate behavior we were supposed to oppose. Also, I think, soldiers not
exposed to combat were trying to prove how tough they were by taking it out on
the prisoners and civilians.
These prisoners, I found
out, were mostly farmers and workingmen, as simple and ignorant as many of our
own troops. As time went on, more of them lapsed into a zombie-like state of
listlessness, while others tried to escape in a demented or suicidal fashion,
running through open fields in broad daylight towards the Rhine to quench their
thirst. They were mowed down. Some prisoners were as eager for cigarettes as for
food, saying they took the edge off their hunger. Accordingly, enterprising G.I.
"Yankee traders" were acquiring hordes of watches and rings in
exchange for handfuls of cigarettes or less. When I began throwing cartons of
cigarettes to the prisoners to ruin this trade, I was threatened by
rank-and-file G.I.s too.
The only bright spot in this
gloomy picture came one night when I was put on the "graveyard shift,"
from two to four A.M. Actually, there was a graveyard on the uphill side of this
enclosure, not many yards away. My superiors had forgotten to give me a
flashlight and I hadn't bothered to ask for one, disgusted as I was with the
whole situation by that time. It was a fairly bright night and I soon became
aware of a prisoner crawling under the wires towards the graveyard. We were
supposed to shoot escapees on sight, so I started to get up from the ground to
warn him to get back. Suddenly I noticed another prisoner crawling from the
graveyard back to the enclosure. They were risking their lives to get to the
graveyard for something; I had to investigate.
When I entered the gloom of
this shrubby, tree-shaded cemetery, I felt completely vulnerable, but somehow
curiosity kept me moving. Despite my caution, I tripped over the legs of someone
in a prone position. Whipping my rifle around while stumbling and trying to
regain composure of mind and body, I soon was relieved I hadn't reflexively
fired. The figure sat up. Gradually, I could see the beautiful but
terror-stricken face of a woman with a picnic basket nearby. German civilians
were not allowed to feed, nor even come near the prisoners, so I quickly assured
her I approved of what she was doing, not to be afraid, and that I would leave
the graveyard to get out of the way.
I did so immediately and sat
down, leaning against a tree at the edge of the cemetery to be inconspicuous and
not frighten the prisoners. I imagined then, and still do now, what it would be
like to meet a beautiful woman with a picnic basket, under those conditions as a
prisoner. I have never forgotten her face.
Eventually, more prisoners
crawled back to the enclosure. I saw they were dragging food to their comrades
and could only admire their courage and devotion.
On May 8, V.E. Day, I
decided to celebrate with some prisoners I was guarding who were baking bread
the other prisoners occasionally received. This group had all the bread they
could eat, and shared the jovial mood generated by the end of the war. We all
thought we were going home soon, a pathetic hope on their part. We were in what
was to become the French zone, where I soon would witness the brutality of the
French soldiers when we transferred our prisoners to them for their slave labor
On this day, however, we
As a gesture of
friendliness, I emptied my rifle and stood it in the corner, even allowing them
to play with it at theirs! request. This thoroughly "broke the ice,"
and soon we were singing songs we taught each other or I had learned in high
school German ("Du, du liegst mir im Herzen"). Out of gratitude, they
baked me a special small loaf of sweet bread, the only possible present they had
left to offer. I stuffed it in my "Eisenhower jacket" and snuck it
back to my barracks, eating it when I had privacy. I have never tasted more
delicious bread, nor felt a deeper sense of communion while eating it. I believe
a cosmic sense of Christ (the Oneness of all Being) revealed its normally hidden
presence to me on that occasion, influencing my later decision to major in
philosophy and religion.
Shortly afterwards, some of
our weak and sickly prisoners were marched off by French soldiers to their camp.
We were riding on a truck behind this column. Temporarily, it slowed down and
dropped back, perhaps because the driver was as shocked as I was. Whenever a
German prisoner staggered or dropped back, he was hit on the head with a club
until he died. The bodies were rolled to the side of the road to be picked up by
another truck. For many, this quick death might have been preferable to slow
starvation in our "killing fields."
When I finally saw the
German women in a separate enclosure, I asked why we were holding them prisoner.
I was told they were "camp followers," selected as breeding stock for
the S.S. to create a super-race. I spoke to some and must say I never met a more
spirited or attractive group of women. I certainly didn't think they deserved
I was used increasingly as
an interpreter, and was able to prevent some particularly unfortunate arrests.
One rather amusing incident involved an old farmer who was being dragged away by
several M.P.s. I was told he had a "fancy Nazi medal," which they
showed me. Fortunately, I had a chart identifying such medals. He'd been awarded
it for having five children! Perhaps his wife was somewhat relieved to get him
"off her back," but I didn't think one of our death camps was a fair
punishment for his contribution to Germany. The M.P.s agreed and released him to
continue his "dirty work."
Famine began to spread among
the German civilians also. It was a common sight to see German women up to their
elbows in our garbage cans looking for something edible -- that is, if they
weren't chased away.
When I interviewed mayors of
small towns and villages, I was told their supply of food had been taken away by
"displaced persons" (foreigners who had worked in Germany), who packed
the food on trucks and drove away. When I reported this, the response was a
shrug. I never saw any Red Cross at the camp or helping civilians, although
their coffee and doughnut stands were available everywhere else for us. In the
meantime, the Germans had to rely on the sharing of hidden stores until the next
Hunger made German women
more "available," but despite this, rape was prevalent and often
accompanied by additional violence. In particular I remember an eighteen-year
old woman who had the side of her faced smashed with a rifle butt and was then
raped by two G.I.s. Even the French complained that the rapes, looting and
drunken destructiveness on the part of our troops was excessive. In Le Havre,
we'd been given booklets warning us that the German soldiers had maintained a
high standard of behavior with French civilians who were peaceful, and that we
should do the same. In this we failed miserably.
"So what?" some
would say. "The enemy's atrocities were worse than ours." It is true
that I experienced only the end of the war, when we were already the victors.
The German opportunity for atrocities had faded; ours was at hand. But two
wrongs don't make a right. Rather than copying our enemyís crimes, we should
aim once and for all to break the cycle of hatred and vengeance that has plagued
and distorted human history. This is why I am speaking out now, forty-five years
after the crime. We can never prevent individual war crimes, but we can, if
enough of us speak out, influence government policy. We can reject government
propaganda that depicts our enemies as subhuman and encourages the kind of
outrages I witnessed. We can protest the bombing of civilian targets, which
still goes on today. And we can refuse ever to condone our government's murder
of unarmed and defeated prisoners of war.
I realize it is difficult
for the average citizen to admit witnessing a crime of this magnitude,
especially if implicated himself. Even G.I.s sympathetic to the victims were
afraid to complain and get into trouble, they told me. And the danger has not
ceased. Since I spoke out a few weeks ago, I have received threatening calls and
had my mailbox smashed. But its been worth it. Writing about these atrocities
has been a catharsis of feeling suppressed too long, a liberation, and perhaps
will remind other witnesses that "the truth will make us free, have no
fear." We may even learn a supreme lesson from all this: only love can
Source: Reprinted from The
Journal of Historical Review, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 161-166.
a U.S. Death Camp -- 1945
WERNER WILHELM LASKA
I was born August 31, 1924
in Berlin. When the National Socialists came to power, I was eight years old.
From 1930 until 1940 I
attended school in Berlin. I did not join the Hitler Youth, but suffered no
disadvantages because of that. At age twelve I became an altar boy at a Catholic
church in Berlin. In fall 1942, I was drafted, like virtually all German men
born in 1924, into the German Wehrmacht. After 10 weeks of training I was
transferred to Infanterie-Lehr-Brigade 900, which had just been assigned to
Russia. From December 1942 until April 1943, we fought the Red Army in southern
Russia. After that we were regrouped and christened "Panzergrenadiers."
Our next action was in northern Italy and in Yugoslavia. At the beginning of
1944 my unit and others were assembled in France in order to form the new
"Panzer-Lehr-Division." On March 15. 1944 we went to Hungary to foil a
coup d'état. In May 1944 we moved to France, near Chartres, awaiting the Allied
invasion. We were in action from the beginning of the invasion of June 6, first
against the British, from July 1944 against the Americans. I myself always
fought in the front-line. With great luck I suffered only two injuries, to the
knee and to the head, but approximately eighty percent of my comrades were
killed or wounded. The remnants of the Panzer-Lehr-Division fell back fighting
to Lorraine, where we rested, then fought again, in the Battle of the Bulge. We
passed Bastogne and reached St Hubert, but then we ran out of gasoline and
ammunition. The Allies' total air supremacy was for us deadly and terrible.
Again we had to retreat, after suffering very heavy losses. The Allies pushed us
back just across the Rhine River. Unfortunately, the Americans were able to
seize the bridge at Remagen and form a bridgehead on the other side of the
My unit then consisted of a
sergeant and about 40 men, from four or five different companies of our "Panzergrenadier-
Lehr-Regiment 901." The situation was already chaotic. Our 40 men were
completely cut off from company, battalion, and regimental headquarters. Our
next action was against the Remagen bridgehead. Since we were all experienced
soldiers, we worked according to the following plan: in the morning-we always
stayed in the next village from the American camp -- we destroyed the first
American tank when their armor began to move. We still possessed a 7.5 cm gun on
an armored car. Then the Americans would stop, and we would retreat. The
Americans would call in artillery and aircraft to bombard the point from which
we had fired on the lead tank, but we would no longer be there. We played this
game for a while. But the Ruhr Pocket became smaller and smaller; our regimental
staff retreated from the north and we from the south. Smoke and fire were in the
We soon knew that our time
had come! The roads were packed, and the Allied fighter planes were strafing
everybody non-stop! They made no distinction between soldiers and civilians.
Anything that moved was fair game.
On April 12, 1945 our unit
decided to give up, not to die in the last minute. There were about 30 or 35 of
us. On that day, in late afternoon, we arrived at a house, standing isolated
near a creek. We parked our five vehicles, and then went down into the collar of
that home. Some bottles of "hard stuff" went with us, so that we could
welcome the Americans in a friendly mood.
I myself did not go down to
the cellar; I stayed outside to have a look around. I wanted to be alone. My
entire time in military service passed before me; the final step remained to be
taken. I remembered all the things that had happened, the good and the bad, on
and off duty. We had met nice people, and above all, nice girls. In Hungary, in
Italy, in Croatia and in France I had served Mass in Catholic churches, an altar
boy in German uniform. Of course, my belt and my pistol had to stay in the
sacristy during the Mass. In those days, the Mass was said in Latin. The native
priests were always delighted.
I was interrupted in my
reveries by shooting and explosions near the house and the creek, in which I
took shelter under a small bridge. After that I heard tracked vehicles rolling
over the bridge. Then silence. My only weapon was my pistol, but we had decided
to surrender. When it was completely dark I approached the house, where the
others had been in the cellar. But I must admit that I had not much hope of
finding them still there. The vehicles did not allow me a clear view. I heard a
voice, but I could not recognize the language. It was unlikely that these
soldiers were my comrades. I climbed up through the garden and approached the
voice. I heard something like "Anthony world, Anthony world," so by
now I knew: "Americans"! I approached the soldier from the back and
got around him. Suddenly he discovered me and was very much alarmed, rather than
frightened, because I didn't have a weapon in my hand. Seeing my pistol on the
belt, he said to me: "Pistol, pistol." I took it off my belt and gave
it to him and noticed that he was relieved. He told me then to wait in the
garden, while he went into the house to inform his company commander. After a
short while he came back and ordered me to enter the house, then follow him. We
went upstairs into a room where what looked to be a company staff was assembled.
All the men had short haircuts -much shorter than in the German Army -- and
looked like farm boys. They asked me only whether I belonged to the same unit
they had found in the house.
Another soldier led me into
a little closet in which I had to pass the night. I could not sleep at first
because of the new situation and my feelings; later I fell asleep anyway. The
next morning the same fellow woke me up and directed me downstairs to wait in
front of the house for a truck.
The American guards who
arrived with the truck were nasty and cruel from the start. I was forced in with
kicks and punches to my back. Other German soldiers were already on board. After
a drive of an hour or two we arrived at an open field on which many German
servicemen were already assembled, in rank and file. As we got off the truck, a
large group of Americans awaited us. They received us with shouts and yells,
such as: "You Hitler, you Nazi, etc...." We got beaten, kicked and
pushed; one of those gangsters brutally tore my watch from my wrist. Each of
these bandits already possessed ten or twenty watches, rings and other things.
The beating continued until I reached the line where my comrades stood. Most of
our water-bottles (canteens), rucksacks etc. were cut off, and even overcoats
had to be left on the ground. More and more prisoners arrived, including even
boys and old men. After a few hours, big trailer-trucks -- usually used for
transporting cattle -- lined up for loading with human cattle.
We had to run the gauntlet
to get into the trucks; we were beaten and kicked. Then they jammed us in so
tightly that they couldn't even close the hatches. We couldn't even breathe. The
soldiers drove the vehicles at high speed over the roads and through villages
and towns; behind each trailer-truck always followed a jeep with a mounted
In late afternoon we stopped
in an open field again, and were unloaded in the same manner, with beating and
kicking. We had to line up at attention just like recruits in basic training.
Quickly, the Americans fenced us in with rolls of barbed wire, so there was no
space to sit or to lie down that night. We even had to do our necessities in the
standing position. Since we received no water or foodstuffs, our thirst and
hunger became acute and urgent. Some men still had tea in their canteens, but
there was hardly enough for everyone.
Next day the procedure began
as on the day before; running the gauntlet into the cattle-trailers, then
transport to the next open field. No drinking and no eating, but always fenced
in - there is an American song: "... Don't fence me in ..." - as well
as the childish behavior of most of the Americans: Punishing the Nazis! After
the first night, when we were loaded again, some of us stayed on that field,
either dead or so weak and sick that they could not move any more. We had been
approaching the Rhine River, as we noticed but we had still one night to pass in
the manner related. It was terrible! All this could not have been a coincidence.
It must have been a plan, because, as we later learned, there was nearly the
same treatment in all camps run by American units. During the war we heard about
the "Morgenthau-Plan" and the "Kaufman-Plan," and exactly
that seemed to have been happening to us in those moments: the extermination of
an entire people!
The next afternoon we
crossed a bridge and were unloaded at an almost completed camp near Andernach (a
small town on the Rhine River). There were already barbed wire fences around the
enclosure. Within it were cages for several thousand people. We were driven into
the cages and left alone. Water-pipes were installed in each cage to pump water
from the Rhine into the camp. We had to wait many hours before we could drink it
The problem now was the lack of cups or containers among all but a few. We
almost fought for the first drink, which really stank from the chlorine which
had been added. After the first drink our hunger became enormous. The little
grass in the cages was eaten immediately away by the human cattle.
I was with two comrades of
my former company; we decided to stay together. Our possessions were one
overcoat and one tent-cloth. In order to prepare for that first night, we had to
scrape out a hole in the ground, in the earth, to get some cover against the
wind. Against the rain we had none.
The weather in
April/May/June/July 1945 was pretty bad: hot days, plenty of rain, and even snow
and frosty nights. There at Andernach we had more space than on the three
previous nights, but only enough to lie down on.
We did not sleep much that
night, but discussed our future and the chances of survival under those
Nobody can imagine how human
beings can live in open air, on a field with little space, bad water and hunger
rations for days, weeks and months. Concentration camps had, at least, barracks
with heating, with beds, with blankets, with washrooms, with toilets, with warm
meals, with bread, etc ...
The men in the cages were
divided into thousands, then into hundreds, and finally into tens for better
distribution of rations. In one corner of each cage the inmates had to shovel a
ditch as a toilet for all the men in the cage; of course, in standing or
crouching position in open air. A layer of disinfectants had to be added every
day. Facilities for washing were non-existent. Passing the nights was a great
problem for each of us. None could sleep all night through -- the longest one
could do so uninterrupted was three or four hours. Every night 30 or 40 per cent
of the inmates were walking around at any given time. The ground had been frozen
and wet; we three comrades had only a tent-cloth and an overcoat for lying on
and for cover. Sometimes in our hole there would be a few inches of rain water,
in which we had to lie throughout the night All three of us had to lie on one
side; turning over on to the other side had to be done in unison. The position
in the middle was the best, so every three days each of us got it once.
On the second day in
Andernach, we received our first food ration. After hours of desperate waiting,
each of us at last received a spoonful of raw beans, a spoonful of sugar, a
spoonful of raw wheat, a spoonful of milk-powder and sometimes -- not every day
- a spoonful of corned-beef. If somebody "organized" a few boxes he
could perhaps cook or warm up some of these raw foodstuffs. But for these empty
boxes one was almost murdered. Of course, all the raw beans and wheat-corns were
counted on distribution, as was everything else, too. In such situations a human
being can easily become animal-like. Everybody was waiting the whole day long
for the moment of the ration distribution. Then the battle for each tiny corn
began; it must have been the organism's survival instinct One's only interest
was in food and water; how low can human nature sink?
After two or three weeks in
Andernach, a large part of the inmates was transferred to the two camps of
Sinzig/Remagen, north of the camp at Andernach. We were packed in box-cars and
transported along the Rhine by train. The final capacity of Sinzig was about
180,000 prisoners, that of Remagen approximately 120,000. Both camps were almost
adjacent, and were called "The Golden Mile."
Sinzig was 4 kilometers long
and 800 meters wide, with two rows of thirteen cages each, and in the middle a
passageway; the cages were approximately 300 by 300 meters. All four sides of
every cage had two barbed-wire fences, almost 3 meters high; in between those
two fences ran a barbed-wire roll. Watch-towers with mounted machine guns were
posted at all four corners. The Rhine River was just 100 yards away Each cage
held 7,000 people.
situation was exactly the same as in Andernach; likewise the water distribution,
the toilets, the holes in the ground and the food-rations. Inside, all inmates
had to keep 3 meters from the fences. Several prisoners who had come too close
to the fences were shot; the guard did not shoot only once, they shot ten or
twelve times -- so those who infringed the 3-meter line invariably died.
My two comrades and I were
put in cage 17, on the Rhine side; when we first entered, there was still grass
and some clover on the ground but only for minutes -- the hunger was too
After that, there was mud
and only mud all around! We had to scratch a new hole as a bed for the three of
Every morning a truck passed
by the cages to pick up the dead from the previous night, those who were either
shot within or on the fences, or dead from hunger or typhoid, dysentery and
other sicknesses. Of every ten attempting to escape, eight were shot and two got
through. The youngest inmates were 13 or 14 years old, the oldest around 80.
Sometimes the Americans picked up everybody whom they could find in the streets.
Our impression of the Americans was that of gangsters, even worse than the Nazis
had described them in their propaganda. We knew that the treatment of the
American prisoners in Germany during the war had been excellent, unless they
tried to escape. We did not occupy America, we did no harm to the Americans; why
this hatred and this revenge? To play the savior for the suffering peoples in
Europe would have been worthy. If only America had done the same before the last
war, and also after 1945 throughout the world. Torturing defenseless children,
women and men has nothing to do with glory!
One should not forget that
the Germans treated the Jewish American prisoners in the German camps exactly as
the other Americans.
The month of May in 1945 was
rainy and cold, snow fell on at least two days. Sleeping in our holes became a
horror for all of us. We got weaker and weaker, our bodies consisted almost of
skin and bones.
At the main gate there was
one cage with girls and women who were suffering even more than we did. These
were females who had been in the Wehrmacht in the administrative or medical
services. Everybody in the camp was trembling and shivering that May 1945. The
youngsters, of whom a few thousand were in the the camp, had to walk the central
alley (4 km long) and back every day with several bricks in their hands, just
for the sport of the Americans. Many of those kids collapsed and could not stand
On several days we saw
injured prisoners who had been chased out of military hospitals and put in our
camp. A ghostlike parade of men with crutches, empty sleeves, blind eyes marched
the alley. We first thought these must be phantoms, but they were no spooks! One
could also find in Sinzig former KZ-inmates, anti-Nazis, deserters, et al.
soldiers came to the fences and traded cigarettes and C-rations for jewelry and
watches-only a few of us possessed such things -- and some conversations took
place. When the Germans asked them why such treatment was administered, the
answer was always because of the concentration camps -- no mention of gassing at
that time. Our men argued that the situation in the concentration camps and the
one in our camp could not be compared, because one day in Sinzig was the
equivalent of twenty days in a concentration camp. They had barracks, beds,
wash-rooms, toilets, heating, hospitals, warm meals etc., etc. As our punishment
for the killing of Jews we had none of these facilities, the Americans told us.
Therefore, they treated us like cattle or beasts. Many deaths in our camp
resulted from the collapse of our holes dug for shelter, as well as from
typhoid, from dysentery, from hunger, from approaching the fences, from attempts
to escape, etc.
Our day's work waiting a few
hours in a line for water in the morning; waiting many hours for the food-ration
in the afternoon. In general, waiting for death.
Those who had not hated
Americans before now changed their minds completely.
After three or four weeks we
received our first ration of bread. But one loaf of bread for 40 men; several
days later we got two raw potatoes.
Outside the camp the
Americans were burning food which they could not eat themselves.
The attempts to escape and
the shooting by the fences increased the longer we were in the camp; the
desperate situation must have been the reason. In the middle of June 1945 the
Americans began to release some prisoners. People who lived in the Rhineland
could get discharged. At the end of June 1945, our cage 17 and the opposite one,
16, became the last in the entire camp, as cage 19 was emptied.
We speculated that the
Americans must release everybody soon, or all of us would die in the next one or
two months; there was no other alternative!
In the first days of July --
after being in this hell for over 80 days -- I got a fever and fell very ill.
All others in the cages who had displayed those symptoms died shortly
afterwards. My fever must have reached over 40C (104F); I had to refuse the
daily ration because I couldn't eat anything. I knew that my chances of
surviving in the camp were nil: there was no hospital. I had survived all the
battles and combat in the war with two small injuries, but now my hour had come!
I then decided not to die slowly within two or three days, but instead to die
quickly, on or at the fence. The chances of getting through were 2 in 10. I let
two of my comrades know that they should see next morning whether I had been
shot or whether I had been lucky. Giving them the address of my parents, in
order to notify them in the first case, I made ready to escape or to die a quick
death that night. After 84 days under these conditions, death might be a relied
After sunset I loitered near
the fence of the former cage 19, at a place where the barbed wire seemed to be a
little looser than at other points. Along the whole length of the fence there
marched four single American sentries, each with about 70 meters to guard.
Beside the four guards a jeep -- with headlights and a mounted machine gun --
drove back and forth along the entire length. At both ends of the fence were the
watchtowers, also with machine guns. At that moment there were many bullets in
store for me. At a point shortly after midnight, when the guards and the crew of
the jeep had just been relieved, one guard passed me, just as the jeep came from
the other side and blinded, for a moment, the next guard coming up. Now I went,
or better, tore through the first fence, then jumped over the concertina wire
and through the second fence -- my fever forgotten, and bleeding all over mybody
from the barbed wire. I left most of my uniform on the wire, but at the moment I
felt nothing. Yet I was awaiting any second the hits in my body, then the sounds
of the gunfire. Behind the fence I crept meter by meter, across the path of the
jeep, still awaiting the shots. Suddenly I fell in a hole. It must have been 20
or 30 meters past the guard-line. By now, I could not move; I just lay in that
hole shaking. I could hear the guards and the jeep going back and forth. My
uniform was in rags and shreds, my hands, my chest, my legs, my back and my chin
were bleeding. There were shots, but from other cages. After an hour I was able
to creep out of my hole. I reached the other end of the cage, about 300 meters
away. It took me about two hours to negotiate the different fences and escape
I had to cross railway
tracks and a main road to reach the hills. I climbed on all fours, and had to
rest again for four hours. A woman found me and told that there was an isolated
farm in which escaped prisoners could always find first-aid. I finally reached
this farm and found experts who knew how to treat men like me. There were seven
or eight other fellows there, all escaped from Sinzig or Remagen. We were put up
with blankets in the stable. As my first nourishment I got tea, then oatmeal
gruel, and after several days, bread, milk and some meat. After 3 or 4 weeks I
could leave my saviors with gratitude.
I learned during that time
that a few days after my flight the French had taken over the camps and
transported all the prisoners to France for slave-labor.
After approximately six
weeks of freedom, the French caught me in a village and sent me to France to
work in coal mines and other nasty places, where my ordeal continued. In 1948 I
escaped to Spain, where I was again imprisoned in the famous concentration camp
"Nanclares del la Oca" and returned to France.
On January 7, 1950, the
French discharged me to Germany. Shortly afterwards I immigrated to Canada,
where I lived until 1960.
Source: Reprinted from The
Journal of Historical Review, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 166-175.
His Slaughter Of
1.7 Million Germans
Author Not Known 12-28-03
"God, I hate the Germans..." (Dwight
David Eisenhower in a letter to his wife in September, 1944)
First, I want you to picture something
in your mind. You are a German soldier who survived through the battles of World
II. You were not really politically involved, and your parents were also
indifferent to politics, but suddenly your education was interrupted and you
were drafted into the German army and told where to fight. Now, in the Spring of
1945, you see that your country has been demolished by the Allies, your cities
lie in ruins, and half of your family has been killed or is missing. Now, your
unit is being surrounded, and it is finally time to surrender. The fact is,
there is no other choice.
It has been a long, cold winter. The
German army rations have not been all that good, but you managed to survive.
Spring came late that year, with weeks of cold rainy weather in demolished
Europe. Your boots are tattered, your uniform is falling apart, and the stress
of surrender and the confusion that lies ahead for you has your guts being torn
out. Now, it is over, you must surrender or be shot. This is war and the real
You are taken as a German Prisoner of
War into American hands. The Americans had 200 such Prisoner of War camps
scattered across Germany. You are marched to a compound surrounded with barbed
wire fences as far as the eye can see. Thousands upon thousands of your fellow
German soldiers are already in this make-shift corral. You see no evidence of a
latrine and after three hours of marching through the mud of the spring rain,
the comfort of a latrine is upper-most in your mind. You are driven through the
heavily guarded gate and find yourself free to move about, and you begin the
futile search for the latrine. Finally, you ask for directions, and are informed
that no such luxury exists.
No more time. You find a place and
squat. First you were exhausted, then hungry, then fearful, and now; dirty.
Hundreds more German prisoners are behind you, pushing you on, jamming you
together and every one of them searching for the latrine as soon as they could
do so. Now, late in the day, there is no space to even squat, much less sit down
to rest your weary legs. None of the prisoners, you quickly learn, have had any
food that day, in fact there was no food while in the American hands that any
surviving prisoner can testify to. No one has eaten any food for weeks, and they
are slowly starving and dying. But, they can't do this to us! There are the
Geneva Convention rules for the treatment of Prisoners of War. There must be
some mistake! Hope continues through the night, with no shelter from the cold,
Your uniform is sopping wet, and
formerly brave soldiers are weeping all around you, as buddy after buddy dies
from the lack of food, water, sleep and shelter from the weather. After weeks of
this, your own hope bleeds off into despair, and finally you actually begin to
envy those who, having surrendered first manhood and then dignity, now also
surrender life itself. More hopeless weeks go by. Finally, the last thing you
remember is falling, unable to get up, and lying face down in the mud mixed with
the excrement of those who have gone before.
Your body will be picked up long after
it is cold, and taken to a special tent where your clothing is stripped off. So
that you will be quickly forgotten, and never again identified, your dog-tag is
snipped in half and your body along with those of your fellow soldiers are
covered with chemicals for rapid decomposition and buried. You were not one of
the exceptions, for more than one million seven hundred thousand German
Prisoners of War died from a deliberate policy of extermination by starvation,
exposure, and disease, under direct orders of the General Dwight David
One month before the end of World War
11, General Eisenhower issued special orders concerning the treatment of German
Prisoners and specific in the language of those orders was this statement,
"Prison enclosures are to provide no
shelter or other comforts."
Eisenhower biographer Stephen Ambrose,
who was given access to the Eisenhower personal letters, states that he proposed
to exterminate the entire German General Staff, thousands of people, after the
Eisenhower, in his personal letters, did
not merely hate the Nazi Regime, and the few who imposed its will down from the
top, but that HE HATED THE GERMAN PEOPLE AS A RACE. It was his personal intent
to destroy as many of them as he could, and one way was to wipe out as many
prisoners of war as possible.
Of course, that was illegal under
International law, so he issued an order on March 10, 1945 and verified by his
initials on a cable of that date, that German Prisoners of War be predesignated
as "Disarmed Enemy Forces" called in these reports as DEF. He ordered that these
Germans did not fall under the Geneva Rules, and were not to be fed or given any
water or medical attention. The Swiss Red Cross was not to inspect the camps,
for under the DEF classification, they had no such authority or jurisdiction.
Months after the war was officially
over, Eisenhower's special German DEF camps were still in operation forcing the
men into confinement, but denying that they were prisoners. As soon as the war
was over, General George Patton simply turned his prisoners loose to fend for
themselves and find their way home as best they could. Eisenhower was furious,
and issued a specific order to Patton, to turn these men over to the DEF camps.
Knowing Patton as we do from history, we know that these orders were largely
ignored, and it may well be that Patton's untimely and curious death may have
been a result of what he knew about these wretched Eisenhower DEF camps.
The book, OTHER LOSSES, found its way
into the hands of a Canadian news reporter, Peter Worthington, of the OTTAWA
SUN. He did his own research through contacts he had in Canada, and reported in
his column on September 12,1989 the following, in part:
"...it is hard to escape the conclusion
that Dwight Eisenhower was a war criminal of epic proportions. His (DEF) policy
killed more Germans in peace than were killed in the European Theater."
"For years we have blamed the 1.7
million missing German POW's on the Russians. Until now, no one dug too deeply
... Witnesses and survivors have been interviewed by the author; one Allied
officer compared the American camps to Buchenwald."
It is known, that the Allies had
sufficient stockpiles of food and medicine to care for these German soldiers.
This was deliberately and intentionally denied them. Many men died of gangrene
from frostbite due to deliberate exposure. Local German people who offered these
men food, were denied. General Patton's Third Army was the only command in the
European Theater to release significant numbers of Germans.
Others, such as Omar Bradley and General
J.C.H. Lee, Commander of Com Z, tried, and ordered the release of prisoners
within a week of the war's end. However, a SHAEF Order, signed by Eisenhower,
countermanded them on May 15th.
Does that make you angry? What will it
take to get the average apathetic American involved in saving his country from
such traitors at the top? Thirty years ago, amid the high popularity of
Eisenhower, a book was written setting out the political and moral philosophy;
of Dwight David Eisenhower called, THE POLITICIAN, by Robert Welch. This year is
the 107th Anniversary of Eisenhower's birth in Denison, Texas on October 14,
1890, the son of Jacob David Eisenhower and his wife Ida. Everyone is all
excited about the celebration of this landmark in the history of "this American
patriot." Senator Robert Dole, in honor of the Commander of the American Death
Camps, proposed that Washington's Dulles Airport be renamed the Eisenhower
The UNITED STATES MINT in Philadelphia,
PA is actually issuing a special Eisenhower Centennial Silver Dollar for only
$25 each. They will only mint 4 million of these collector's items, and
veteran's magazines are promoting these coins under the slogan, "Remember the
Man...Remember the Times..." Pardon me if I regurgitate!
There will be some veterans who will not
be buying these coins. Two will be Col. James Mason and Col. Charles Beasley who
were in the U.S. Army Medical Corps who published a paper on the Eisenhower
Death Camps in 1950. They stated in part:
"Huddled close together for warmth,
behind the barbed wire was a most awesome sight; nearly 100,000 haggard,
apathetic, dirty, gaunt, blank-staring men clad in dirty gray uniforms, and
standing ankle deep in mud ... water was a major problem, yet only 200 yards
away the River Rhine was running bank-full."
Another Veteran, who will not be buying
any of the Eisenhower Silver Dollars is Martin Brech of Mahopac, New York, a
semi-retired professor of philosophy at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY. In
1945, Brech was an 18 year old Private First Class in Company C of the 14th
Infantry, assigned as a guard and interpreter at the Eisenhower Death Camp at
Andernach, along the Rhine River. He stated for SPOTLIGHT, February 12, 1990:
"My protests (regarding treatment of the
German DEF'S) were met with hostility or indifference, and when I threw our
ample rations to them over the barbed wire. I was threatened, making it clear
that it was our deliberate policy not to adequately feed them."
"When they caught me throwing C- Rations
over the fence, they threatened me with imprisonment. One Captain told me that
he would shoot me if he saw me again tossing food to the Germans ... Some of the
men were really only boys 13 years of age...Some of the prisoners were old men
drafted by Hitler in his last ditch stand ... I understand that average weight
of the prisoners at Andernach was 90 pounds...I have received threats ...
Nevertheless, this...has liberated me, for I may now be heard when I relate the
horrible atrocity I witnessed as a prison guard for one of 'Ike's death camps'
along the Rhine." (Betty Lou Smith Hanson)
Note: Remember the photo of Ike's West
Point yearbook picture when he was dubbed "IKE, THE TERRIBLE SWEDISH JEW"? By
the way, he was next, or nearly so, to the last in his class. This article was
first printed in 1990, but we thought it was meaningful to reprint it now.
Note: During Cadet Eisenhower's time at
West Point Academy, Eisenhower was summoned to the office of the headmaster and
was asked some pointed questions. At the time, it was routine procedure to test
a cadet's blood to insure White racial integrity.
Apparently, there was a question of
Eisenhower's racial lineage and this was brought to Eisenhower's attention by
the headmaster. When asked if he was part Oriental, Eisenhower replied in the
negative. After some discussion, Eisenhower admitted having Jewish background.
The headmaster then reportedly said, "That's where you get your Oriental blood?"
Although he was allowed to remain at the academy, word got around since this was
a time in history when non-Whites were not allowed into the academy. Note - The
issue of Eisenhower's little-known Jewish background in academically essential
in understanding his psychopathic hatred of German men, women and children.
Later, in Eisenhower's West Point
Military Academy graduating class yearbook, published in 1915, Eisenhower is
identified as a "terrible Swedish Jew."
Wherever Eisenhower went during his
military career, Eisenhower's Jewish background and secondary manifesting
behavior was a concern to his fellow officers. During World War II when Col.
Eisenhower was working for Gen. Douglas MacArthur in the South Pacific,
MacArthur protested to his superiors in Washington (DC) that Eisenhower was
incompetent and that he did not want Eisenhower on his staff.
In 1943, Washington not only transferred
Col. Eisenhower to Europe but promoted him over more than 30 more experienced
senior officers to five star general and placed him in charge of all the US
forces in Europe.
Thus it comes as no surprise that
General George Patton, a real Aryan warrior, hated Eisenhower.
[Ed: Patton was keen to fight the
Soviets, and reportedly kept some German units ready to move against the
Soviets...unsurprisingly he was killed; after the war, in a 'car crash,' just
like Lawrence of Arabia was conveniently bumped off, in a similar manner, for
his 'pro-fascist' views].
Comment From George 12-28-3
Finally, the truth about Ike. He was a
zionist!, a racist! and a slaughterer of innocents! He was always these things.
And all anyone remembers is his famous quote "to beware of the
military/industrial complex." Like this knowledge means he was a great precient
prophet, when he was really a part of the NWO and helped set the US up for all
that followed. The tooling jobs and industry started to leave the US in the
early '50's, when Ike got into power. It was Japan they were building. Notice
the difference between the destruction of Japan and the quick buildup of the
Philipines and Japan and the Pacific the US took over, after the war of hegemony
to steal the wealth of the Pacific Rim and present day Afghanistan, Iraq etc.,
now that the zionists rule the 'world'. The zionist essence is evil, destructive
and self-destructive. Ike was a tool of the zionist evil essence.
German POW's Diary Reveals More Of Ike's
Note - The following diary extract has
been provided by the nephew of the author under the conditions we honor his
request for anonymity. -ed
A transcript of my Uncle's words...from
my Mother's diary:
"Suddenly an American Jeep moved towards
us and several American Soldiers surrounded us. There was no officer in charge,
and the first thing the 'Amis' did - they liberated us, I mean, from our few
valuables, mainly rings and watches........ We were now prisoners of war- no
doubt about it!
The first night we were herded into a
barn, where we met about 100 men who shared the same fate. To make my story
short, we were finally transported to Fuerstenfeldbruck near Munich. Here we,
who were gathered around Hermann, interrupted him and gasped in dismay.
Fuerstenfeldbruck had become known to us
as one of the most cruel POW camps in the American zone.
Then my brother continued:
Again we were searched and had to
surrender everything, even our field utensils, except a spoon. Here, in freezing
temperature, 20,000 of us were squeezed together on the naked ground, without
blanket or cover, exposed day and night to the winter weather.
For six days we received neither food
nor water! We used our spoons to catch drops of rain.
We were surrounded by heavy tanks.
During the night bright searchlights blinded us, so that sleep was impossible.
We napped from time to time, standing up and leaning against each other. It was
keeping us warmer that sitting on the frozen ground.
Many of us were near collapse. One of
our comrades went mad, he jumped around wildly, wailing and whimpering. he was
shot at once. His body was lying on the ground, and we were not allowed to come
near him. He was not he only one. Each suspicious movement caused the guards to
shoot into the crowd, and a few were always hit.
German civilians, mainly women of the
surrounding villages, tried to approach the camp to bring food and water for us
prisoners. they were chased away.
Our German officers could finally
succeed to submit an official protest, particularly because of the deprivation
of water. As a response, a fire hose was thrown into the midst of the densely
crowded prisoners and then turned on. Because of the high water pressure the
hose moved violently to and fro. Prisoners tumbled, fell, got up and ran again
to catch a bit of water. In that confusion the water went to waste, and the
ground under us turned into slippery mud. All the while the 'Amis' watched that
spectacle, finding it very funny and most entertaining. They laughed at our
predicament as hard as they could. Then suddenly, they turned the water off
We had not expected that the Americans
would behave in such a manner. We could hardly believe it. War brutalizes human
One day later we were organized into
groups of 400 men .... We were to receive two cans of food for each man. This is
how it was to be done: The prisoners had to run through he slippery mud, and
each one had to grab his two cans quickly, at the moment he passed the guards.
One of my comrades slipped and could not run fast enough, He was shot at once
On May 10th , several truckloads of us
were transported the the garrison of Ulm by the Danube..... As each man jumped
into the truck, a guard kicked him in the backbone with his rifle butt.
We arrived in the city of Heilbronn by
the Neckar, In the end we counted 240,000 men, who lived on the naked ground and
Spring and summer were mild this year,
but we were starving. At 6;00 am we received coffee, at noon about a pint of
soup and 100 grams of bread a day........
The 'Amis' gave us newspapers in German
language, describing the terrors of the concentration camps. We did not believe
any of it. We figured the Americans only wanted to demoralize us further.
The fields on which we lived belonged to
the farmers of the area...soon nothing of the clover and other sprouting greens
were left, and the trees were barren. We had eaten each blade of grass.....
In some camps there were Hungarian
POW's. 15,000 of them. Mutiny against their officers broke out twice amongst
them. After the second mutiny the Americans decided to use German prisoners to
govern the Hungarians. Since the Hungarians were used as workers they were well
fed. There was more food than they could eat. But when the Germans asked the
Americans for permission to bring the Hungarians' leftovers into the camps of
the starving Germans, it was denied. The Americans rather destroyed surplus
food, than giving it to the Germans.
Sometimes it happened that groups of our
own men were gathered and transported away. We presumed they were discharged to
go home, and naturally, we wished to be among them. Much later we heard they
were sent to labor camps! My mother's cousin, feared that he would be drafted
into the Hitler Youth SS, he volunteered to the marines, in 1945 his unit was in
Denmark. On April 20th they were captured by the Americans. his experience in
the POW camp was identical that of my brother's. They lived in open fields, did
not receive and food and water the first six days, and starved nearly to death.
German wives and mothers who wanted to throw loaves of bread over the fence,
were chased off. The prisoners, just to have something to chew, scraped the bark
from young trees. my cousins job was to report each morning how many had died
during the night. "and these were not just a few!" he adds to his report he
It became known, that the conditions in
the POW camps in the American Zone were identical everywhere. We could therefore
safely conclude, that it was by intent and by orders from higher ups to starve
the German POW's and we blamed General Eisenhower for it. He, who was of German
descent could not discern the evildoers during the Nazi time from our decent
people. We held that neglect of knowledge and understanding severely against
I wish to quote the inscription on the
grave stones of those of my German compatriots who have already passed away:
We had to pass through fire and through
water. But now you have loosened our bonds.
our APOCALYPSE AT DRESDEN Page as well
as our other Pages dealing with Allied Hypocrisy, Lies, Disinformation and
outright anti-German Propaganda:
After the Reich:
The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation
That war has been known among
Americans as "the good war,"
and those who fought it as "the greatest generation." But now,
slowly, we are hit by the realities so commonplace to a complex
human existence: there was much that was not good, and along
with the self-sacrifice and high intentions there was much
that was venal and brutal. These realities are coming to the surface
because there are some scholars, at least, who are aware that
an ocean of wartime propaganda spawns a myth that continues
for several decades and who have a commitment to truth
that overrides the many inducements to conform to the myth..
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