Sunday, 13 July 2008

Berlin 1945: Criminals & Heroes, Tragedy & Lessons

I have just finished reading Anthony Beevor's book Berlin The Downfall 1945 and what strikes you more than anything is not only the heroism of the troops who knew everything was finished (especially the Charlemagne volunteers trapped in Berlin), but the sheer horror of the German women in East Prussia, Silesia, Berlin etc. who faced mass rape by hordes of Soviet soldiers.

What has this got to do with the above clip?

Well far from liberating the Ukraine, sad to say the German authorities (under Koch) treated the Ukrainians terribly and what would have been a huge volunteer army possibly of millions never materialised.

Patriot Ukrainians even turned from fighting the Soviets to fighting the Germans, only to fight the Soviets again right through to the 1950s.

Far from realising a huge crusade against atheistic Communism and its commissars and uniting Europe against a Bolshevik terror-machine, those like Koch ensured the destruction of a regime which let down those clamouring for freedom from Communism.

Beevor makes a few interesting points when it comes to the Reds, whom folk like Searchlight and Anti Fascist Action would have us believe delivered Europeans from the "chains of nazism."

  • The Soviets could not have shipped the men and material necessary for their huge assault against the Seelow Heights and Berlin were it not for the Studebakers and other equipment given to the Soviets by the Americans.
  • The German Communists who hid their membership cards from the Gestapo greeted the Red Army as liberators. This did not stop the Soviet troops from raping the Communist women and trashing the homes of Communists.
  • Whilst Soviet troops raped their way through Poland and Germany (yes even Polish women weren't safe) the Asian areas of the USSR suffered such starvation, locals even turned to cannibalism.
  • Poles were treated badly by the Soviets as Stalin did not trust them and the Patriot Army which fought the Germans were treated as saboteurs by the Communists.
  • Whilst the Americans gave the Soviets all the details of their intentions, the Soviets told the Western Powers nothing aside from disinformation, and to appease the Reds the Americans and British armies were deliberately held at the Elbe when they could have taken Berlin (and saved millions of women from rape).

The main issue is surely the fate of Poland and here is my suggestion for students to ask their teachers:

  1. We declared war on 'Nazi Germany' because they invaded Poland on Sept 1st 1939. Why didn't we declare war on Soviet Russia when they invaded Poland on Sept 17th 1939?
  2. Why did we go to war to free Poland in 1939 only to see Poles delivered to invasion, slavery, puppet government etc. in 1945? With the evidence of Katyn Forest and Poles shipped to Siberia from 1944 onwards isn't the idea that the war was all about Poland is surely laughable?
Food for thought.

FC T-Shirts - Check for Charlemagne and Anti-Communist Designs


behind blue eyes said...

FC, I haven't read that book but have just recently read Crimes and Mercies: The Fate of German Civilians Under Allied Occupation 1944-1950 and Other Losses by James Bacque. These were surprisingly available at my local library.

In Crimes and Mercies we find that more than nine million Germans died as a result of deliberate Allied starvation and expulsion policies after the Second World War - one quarter of the country was annexed, and about fifteen million people expelled in the largest act of ethnic cleansing the world has ever known. Western governments continue to conceal and deny these deaths. At the same time, Herbert Hoover and Canadian Prime Minister MacKenzie King created the largest charity in history, a food-aid program that saved an estimated 800 million lives during three years of global struggle against post-Second World War famine - a program the German people were initially excluded from as a matter of official Allied policy.

Other Losses tells us that at the end of World War II more than five million German soldiers were held prisoner in the American and French zones of western Germany. They were crowded into barbed-wire enclosures in the open, with little or no food and water for months on end. It is estimated that over one million German prisoners - mostly soldiers of the Wehrmacht but many women, children and old men - perished from starvation and mistreatment at the hands of the American and French armies. Bacque believes that for more than four decades this unprecedented tradegy was covered up, hidden deep in Allied archives. Through his painstaking research he found evidence of mass deaths in US-controlled camps. These deaths were listed simply as "other losses". In his narrative the author challenges the myths about Allied War aims and attacks the cynical Cold War propaganda that blamed the Russians for all the deaths among these prisoners. For, as the author endeavours to show, the direct responsibility for these deaths rested with the Supreme Allied Commander himself, Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Eisenhower was an incompetent mass murdering Jew who stated "Our primary purpose is the destruction of as many Germans as possible. I expect to destroy every German west of the Rhine and within that area in which we are attacking". He was the instigator of "Operation Keelhaul". In 1945, General Dwight Eisenhower ordered that "Operation Keelhaul" be put into effect. This involved rounding up and shipping back to "their countries of origin" all the refugees from communism: men, women and children, soldier or civilian, male or female — even though many of them had been fighting on OUR side during the war. Since all of Eastern Europe was then under Communist domination, sending these people back was, quite literally, a sentence of death, some by immediate execution and the rest by slow extermination from overwork and malnutrition in the Soviet slave labour camps in Siberia.

A couple of good articles can be found at:-

Next time a historically challenged person - such as Melanie Phillips - starts harping on about anti-semitism and the holocaust etc. remind that person that Eisenhower was a Jew, Stalin was a Jew, Churchill was a Jew and Roosevelt was a Jew and that they were responsible between them for the firebombing holocausts of Hamburg and Dresden, Operation Keelhaul, and the deliberate and systematic mass murder of millions of German citizens!!!

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