From Dr. Ingrid Zuendel
A Message To The Spartans Of The Spirit. . .
In response to one of my Zgrams, I received a brief comment from a lady I had not heard of before. She wrote:
“The future of Germany is not within Germany [*they cannot defend themselves because they are oppressed with laws by the International Criminal Gang], it is within the hearts of the great diaspora, those Germans all over the world who have awakened to the spirit and soul of their ancestors. We are many.
I am running a few select portions with her permission.
[*comment by poster]
The psychological and physical mutilation of Germany
The following pages do not pretend to present the rights or wrongs of events of World War Two. They are neither a vindication nor a condemnation of any side of the conflict, nor are they intended as a political statement. They serve only to illustrate the ravages of war as they applied to Germany and to speak to the suffering of the German people, subjects which both tend to evoke hostility, especially when they are presented without the customary prefaces which serve to justify, rationalize, excuse and condone atrocities and crimes carried out AGAINST Germany and the German people.
To understand World War Two, it is imperative to understand World War One, for the second conflict was a tragic and inevitable continuation of the first. (…)
One must look beyond the propaganda, the Hollywood images and comic book presentations of either war to begin to comprehend how and why the utter ruination of this ancient land with its historically profound influence on European culture occurred, and how a rich, powerful nation which enjoyed a positive, even glowing image at the dawn of the twentieth century would be cut off at the knees and relegated to a stature of relative unimportance today.
Long before Germany became a nation, from before the dark ages, she had a more peaceful, less aggressive history than her European neighbors and was the principal participant in less than a quarter of the wars of England, Spain, Russia, or France. By 1914, the new German nation had enjoyed 43 years of peace and prosperity while other nations were embroiled in various global conflicts.
The efficient German Empire was well-respected around the world, having achieved astonishing technical advances: one third of all Nobel Prizes were going to German researchers and inventors. She had a superb educational system and rapidly growing industries. She was the most powerful industrial nation in the world after America. She had surpassed Britain’s economic growth rate, and she also had the most efficient army in the world, the second largest navy and a fledgling Army Air Service.
This all changed almost overnight. The violent anti-German assault was initiated by propagandists representing special interests in Great Britain a decade before World War One even broke out, and then regurgitated to embroil the USA into that conflict. It changed the image of Germany forever.
A pariah was formed in the shape of the loathsome Hun, and the zealous efforts to reinforce that image in words, music and art continued long after the war was over, branding Germany and her people absolutely repugnant in almost every corner of the world.
Probably no other ethnic group has ever been so quickly, so professionally and so intensely assaulted or so thoroughly dehumanized.
World War One, the cultural equivalent of the Black Death to Germany, killed the seed of a whole generation. The vindictive Treaty of Versailles burdened Germany with reparations she could never repay without exposing her own people to even more suffering and death. The spitefulness, greedy motives and shortsightedness of the “peace” terms would have terrible effects in the near future.
In their quest to weaken German and Austrian power for their own monetary gain, the victors directly and indirectly abetted the virulent rise of communism which would sweep in and try to take the place of the four world Empires which had been destroyed in the aftermath of this needless conflict.
Germany lost 74.5% of her natural resources, about 13% of her land and had to forsake seven million of her people, including three million Germans in the Sudetenland. The Austrian portion of the Dual Monarchy was deprived of 3/4 of her former area and 3/4 of her people, dooming her to become an insignificant, land-locked state. In their place, the victors at Versailles created a flock of tiny, budding, nationalistic states in a chaotic manner which guaranteed future strife in Europe.
2,000,000 German soldiers were killed in the First World War. 100,000 others were missing and presumed dead and 4,814,557 had been wounded, amounting to 9 to 14 percent of Germany’s pre-war population. 85% of eligible German males had been mobilized at one point or another. In the conflict, millions of others died due to starvation from the venomous hunger blockade and further food shortages, or from influenza and other epidemics. The war changed German society forever.
One-armed, one-legged or one-eyed men, blind men, men with noses torn off or mouths ripped up or only half a face stood begging for food and carrying signs proclaiming “The War Cripples are Starving!”. They came home with indelible mental scars as well, some suffering from shell shock or the insidious battle fatigue called “the shivers”. Many lost homes as a result of the German land theft at Versailles, others lost their families. While Germany was in a state of ruin, communist, anarchist and socialist agitators took advantage of the chaos. The veterans received little respect and gratitude for their sacrifices, and their suffering went uncomforted.
The First World War left a legacy not only of bitterness, but of unresolved issues and unfinished business. For Germany, there was simmering resentment at the humiliation imposed upon her and for that which had been unfairly taken from her. Beyond all this, there was overwhelming injustice in the fact that she had been held solely responsible for the entire conflict and was therefore made to suffer twice: from the toll of war itself and, while she was writhing in agony, from the vengefulness and avarice of the victors who had been just as responsible, if not more so, for the war as Germany was.
By the end of World War Two, the destruction of Germany was nearly complete. Germany not only lost the War, it lost a massive portion of its physical history, its cultural centers and its intellectual elite.
Millions of her people were lost, both during and after the war: five times as many Germans, both civilians and soldiers, died in the first year after war than died during the course of the entire war, and they lost their lives directly at the hands of others as a result of revenge policies: rape, expulsion, murder, forced “atonement” marches, freezing, slave labor and starvation; millions more were left with lasting physical damage from the shocking post-war brutality visited upon them.
It was amid millions of dazed, homeless people and upon the ruins of hundreds of medieval cities, murdered German prisoners of war, raped German women, starving German children and wandering orphans that the victors performed the coup de grâce: Following unconditional capitulation, Germany was immediately partitioned into four isolated occupation zones, further intensifying its incapacitation and readying it for a controversial, methodically developed, sharply focused and skillfully applied program of psychological assault labelled “re-education”.
This brain-washing program was geared to ensure the rejection of everything that had thus far constituted the national German character and German behavioral patterns that maintain any sort of national identity as well as any pride in German cultural, spiritual and intellectual heritage. This intense campaign structured a “new Germany” to have purely “American values”, and it only allowed to Germany a history which began in 1945 with her defeat, relegating all which had come before as unworthy of remembrance.
This program, which was so psychologically ruthless that it did not allow people to grieve their own losses, was so successful that even sixty some years later, words such as “Heimat”, “Vaterland” or “Volk” remain “dirty words” to the modern German who has been convinced that Germany was “liberated” by having millions of its civilian non-combatants intentionally murdered by Allied bombing.
They remained convinced that Germany was “liberated” by the murder of millions of surrendered German prisoners of war through intentional starvation and exposure, and the murder of millions of refugees as they attempted to flee violent, rampaging, communist hordes who stole their homes.
They have been convinced that Germany was “liberated” by the loss of a third of her ancestral territory and her Eastern provinces, and by the brazen theft of her private and public property, art treasures, historical monuments, cultural institutions and patents.
They have been so deeply shamed that they have allowed collective guilt to be bestowed upon them … and their children and their children’s children, accepting their nation’s future as one spent in a hair shirt of perpetual atonement.
If the present birthrate in Germany continues, their population will have declined by over half, the lowest birth rate in Europe, as it has been for some time. It is exceptionally low in former East Germany, where the city of Chemnitz is thought to have the lowest birth rate in the world. Austria also has one of the lowest birthrates in the world today.
The Allied foreign policy crusade was for victory at any cost, even at the cost of the destruction of traditional values and culture and, if need be, the destruction of the planet itself.
Yet, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to question the necessity and wisdom of that conflict. Indeed, the event we call World War Two is fast becoming off limits to further debate, closer scrutiny, re-evaluation and revision. Those stimulating intellectual activities which, although occasionally uncomfortable and inconvenient, have traditionally taken place after every other conflict in human history in an effort to search for truth and accurately define human events for posterity, have been narrowed in scope in a good part of the world by legislation which restricts free speech by limiting which aspects of that event we can freely speak of and which aspects are criminal to discuss, question or investigate further – surely not a trend indicative of the cherished “democratic values” the victors intended.
When people think of the Allied bombing of Germany, “Dresden” automatically springs to mind, surely not Wesel, Nürnberg or Würzburg or the hundreds of other obliterated German towns and cities.
While people uselessly debate the death toll at Dresden, attention is diverted from the 45,000 to 50,000 civilians murdered in the bombing of Hamburg, or the 10,000 people intentionally burned alive in Kassel, where every building in the city center was hit by at least two of 460,000 “fire sticks” dumped on the city to create a firestorm with temperatures of 1500°C.
Neither is anyone aware that 20% of Nordhausen’s civilian population was killed in a mere fifteen minutes or that one out of three Pforzheimers was murdered and thousands more hideously injured from an unnecessary bombing based on nothing more than a rumor.
We were led to believe that a campaign which dropped environmentally catastrophic bombs with the force of major earthquakes, bombs which actually changed weather patterns, exterminated whole species of birds and insects and altered the shape of the map, were all within the normal range of warfare and implemented for the “greater good”, carried out only in cases of sheer and utter necessity.
We accepted the faulty premise that the carefully planned incineration of thousands of innocent women and children was justified. We accepted the preposterous notion that there was only one villain in this conflict, one supreme face of evil that absolved all others of any wrongdoing.
We were led in this direction by a relentless effort still being carried out to both conceal the truth and to excuse criminal behavior.
Until recently, nobody understood fully that the terror bombing of German civilians was not a “friendly fire” mistake, or the result of a bomber missing its mark. We bought the fairy tale that schools, churches, cathedrals and castles were hit only when “enemy soldiers were firing from them” or because some small town mayor “refused to surrender”.
Until the Internet leaked out uncensored, unfiltered information, most of the grim images and graphic accounts of the horror which rained from the skies over Germany were hidden neatly away and free from scrutiny, judgment or condemnation. Mortality figures from Allied bombing, kept top secret for many years, now trickled out, as did photos, personal accounts and old newspaper clippings.
We were led to believe that the Allied bombings delivered on Germany were a legitimate response to an equal number of bombings Germany was delivering on Britain, and the only images of wartime bombings we were exposed to were those carried out by Germany, mainly of the Blitz.
In reality, Germany bombed Britain with a mere five percent of the tonnage that Britain slammed on Germany, and more British bombs fell on the city of Berlin alone than German bombs fell on Britain during the entire war.
The targeting of residential areas of Hamburg was a coldly calculated and intentionally planned mass murder of civilians, and British and American bombers killed over a hundred times as many civilians in that one event as did the German raid on the heavily defended, major industrial center of Coventry, England, which resulted in the loss of around 400 civilian lives.
At about the same time that the scope of the Allied bombing of Germany was suddenly being exposed and re-examined, initiating a murmur of criticism, a monument of British Air Chief Arthur Harris shot up in Britain. Harris, clearly the figure most associated with the bombing destruction, clearly laid out his murderous plans on October 25, 1943:
“The aim is the destruction of German cities, the killing of German workers and the disruption of civilised community life through-out Germany. It should be emphasised that the destruction of houses, public utilities, transport and lives, the creation of a refugee problem on an unprecedented scale, and the breakdown of morale both at home and at the battle fronts by fear of extended and intensified bombing are accepted and intended aims of our bombing policy, they are not by-products of attempts to hit factories.”
Harris was but one of many calling for the utter and total destruction of Germany and her people at any cost, even that of their own men.
Initial RAF bombing of military targets was dangerously unsuccessful. Only one out of five bombs reached within five miles of its intended target and nearly half of British bombers were being shot down. Therefore, the British leadership was already coldly studying the idea of terror bombing city centers instead, setting aside morality issues.
By early 1942, members of Churchill’s Cabinet openly suggested that the strategic bombing of Germany be directed against German working-class houses, leaving factories and military objectives alone. This policy was implemented in full in 1942 when, upon his taking over the entire U.K. Bomber Command, Harris issued the following directive:
“It has been decided that the primary objective of your operations should now be focused on the morale of the enemy civil population and in particular, of industrial workers”, a policy intended to terrorize the German population into subjugation.
Technically, Wilhelmshaven, which had been bombed by 25 RAF bombers on Sept. 4, 1939, was the first terror bombing in the war. However, the first well-known deliberate cultural attack on and mass bombing of a historic city was the RAF attack on Lübeck on Palm Sunday, March 28, 1942.
The destruction of Hamburg came on the night of July 27, 1943 and followed a smaller bombing three days earlier. In this second attack, a mix of munitions was used which had a higher proportion of incendiaries, including deadly phosphorus. It was here, not Dresden, that term Feuersturm or firestorm was first used, and at least 45,000 to 55,000 civilians were intentionally murdered in an agonizing manner in the well-crafted firestorm that corralled the population, leaving them no escape.
The heinous ten day long firebombing not only murdered thousands, it left a million people homeless and the historic ancient city wholly obliterated. The choreographed inferno circled the city and spread inward, creating a swirling column of super-heated air which generated ferocious 150 mile per hour tornado-like winds capable of snatching up small children and plucking babies from their mother’s arms.
People were fried to the melting pavement or slowly choked by poison gases in cellars. At the same time the US military denied to the American public that any terror bombing was taking place, they were supplying the British with the napalm-like phosphorous to burn German civilians alive. The chemical cannot be extinguished once ablaze, and the exploding phosphorous bombs sprayed their contents on people in such a way that a horrible death was the inevitable outcome.
With Hamburg, the world media, starting in London, turned the mass murder of German civilian populations into an “acceptable” and “legitimate” method of war, and RAF bombing runs would often be blithely referred to as “Hamburgisations” by their crews from then on.
Aside from the “normal” terror bombings, cities incinerated by these fiendishly crafted firestorms included Dresden, Wuppertal, Hamburg, Remscheid, Kassel, Braunschweig, Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken, Darmstadt, Stuttgart, Heilbronn, Ulm, Pforzheim, Mainz, Würzburg and Hildesheim. All suffered an immense amount of civilian casulaties.
10,000 died in Kassel’s firestorm. Darmstadt, a harmless classic center of German culture, produced less than two-tenths of one percent of Germany’s total war production, yet, a minimum of ten percent of Darmstadt’s population died as a result of its intentionally created firestorm.
Pforzheim lost one-third of its people. Wurzberg was 89% destroyed with 5,000 civilian deaths, and 90,000 people were left homeless. From July 1944 to January 1945, a low average of 14,000 German civilians, not including countless undocumented refugees, were killed from bombings every month in just the western German areas.
While the US partook in the destruction of some cities, only 6% of American bombs actually fell on German city centers. At the peak of the bombing “war” in 1945, the U.S. Eighth Air Force dropped fully half of its bombs on transportation targets; the figure for the RAF was only 13%.
The RAF Bomber Command would end up killing three German civilians for every one killed by the U.S.A.
Winston Churchill, 1944: “Expulsion is the method which, in so far as we have been able to see, will be the most satisfactory and lasting. There will be no mixture of populations to cause endless trouble. A clean sweep will be made. I am not alarmed by these transferences.”
The expulsions and genocide carried out by the communists put thousands upon thousands of homeless, wandering refugees on the roads in harm’s way to fulfill Stalin’s objective to “modestly reduce the German population” – and the Allies were more than eager to assist him. These innocent non-combatants, who already suffered from appalling rape, robbery, drowning and enslavement now became targets for bombs as well.
In January 1945, although German defeat was clearly imminent, Harris and Charles Portal, British Chief of the Air Staff during most of the war, further advocated more destruction being visited upon:
“Magdeburg, Leipzig, Chemnitz, Dresden, Breslau, Posen, Halle, Erfurt, Gotha, Weimar, Eisenach, and the rest of Berlin”, in other words, all points refugees were flocking to.
Part of the impetus of the British plan named “Operation Thunderclap” was to target the sorry lot of frantic refugees fleeing from the Red Army, millions of terrified people who had already suffered losing their homes, farms, fathers, sons and husbands, human beings who had already endured brutal rape, theft, starvation and had spent agonizing days and weeks walking on frozen feet to what they hoped was safety.
Bomber Command was ordered to attack their anticipated destinations in order to, in their own words, “cause confusion in the evacuation from the east,” referring not to retreating troops, but to these civilian refugees ( only secondarily, to “hamper the movements of troops from the west”).
Portal was even more zealous than Harris. He was promoted to marshal of the Royal Air Force in June 1944 and in February, 1945 he was present at the Yalta Conference which laid the blueprint for the deaths and relocation of millions of German civilians in the east.
In early 1944, after much of Germany was already in ruins, Portal strongly argued for using his hugely increased bomber force to not only continue to carry out its murderous precision bombing, but to even more indiscriminately “area bomb” all German cities with populations exceeding 100,000 into total and complete oblivion, confident that this would lead to “victory” within six months.
What it led to was mass slaughter.
When ordering the bombing of Chemnitz following the destruction of Dresden, the Allied commander stated the motive to his pilots:
“The reason you are going there tonight is to finish off the refugees who managed to escape Dresden.”
Women, children and old folks, human beings, were now to be shot at and incinerated under the approved guidelines both the British and Americans had set in place and implemented to eliminate the future “refugee problem” for their Soviet allies. (…)
By February 3, 1945, there was no surprise when Berlin was attacked again in bombing orchestrated by Spaatz, this time killing another 25,000 people, including thousands more undocumented refugees.
City after city was destroyed after Germany’s doom was obvious, and under “Operation Clarion” smaller towns and cities were incinerated under the flimsiest of pretexts. Nürnberg was attacked because it was an “ideological” center, and likewise, Bayreuth and other small, ancient cities.
“We have got to be tough with Germany and I mean the German people, not just the Nazis. You either have to castrate the German people or you have got to treat them in such a manner so they can’t just go on reproducing people who want to continue the way they have in the past.” (Roosevelt)
Centuries old castles, cathedrals, medieval villages and ancient libraries were at this late stage all needlessly lost forever. Bach’s, Goethe’s and Durer’s birth houses, Martin Luther landmarks, Leipzig’s ancient book district, the grand cathedrals, were all now deemed legitimate targets. Towns having little or nothing to do with the war effort and with no military significance were needlessly obliterated at this point in unnecessary and simply devastating vengeance attacks on civilian populations.
The most intense period of bombing occurred between January and May of 1945 when German cities were virtually defenseless. The Allies then bombed German cities “round the clock”.
“You must understand that this war is not against Hitler or National Socialism, but against the strength of the German people, which is to be smashed once and for all, regardless of whether it is in the hands of Hitler or a Jesuit priest.” Winston Churchill
The mounting devastation of European heritage had already been raised in vain in British parliament by the Bishop of Chichester on February 9, 1944. The Bishop begged for a more humane approach:
“In the fifth year of the war it must be apparent to any but the most complacent and reckless how far the destruction of European culture has already gone. We ought to think once, twice and three times before destroying the rest.”
His words fell on deaf ears and he was ruthlessly vilified.
There were abysmal British losses from the time Arthur Harris took charge of the expanded bombing operations until the end of war, yet Harris only allowed 26 per cent of Bomber Command’s attacks to be directed against Germany’s remaining oil facilities between January and May of 1945, while he fanatically continued to concentrate his resources on civilian area bombing, a policy which not only murdered thousands more civilians unnecessarily, but killed hundreds of his own men as well.
“There are no innocent civilians. Nowadays you fight a people, not armed forces.” General Le May
In March of 1945, after the dirty deeds were done and hundreds of German cities and towns lay in ruins, Churchill, ever the politician, “distanced himself” from the homicidal bombing campaign after Dresden’s destruction resulted at long last in some unfavorable publicity. He wrote that “the destruction of Dresden remains a serious query against the conduct of Allied Bombing”. Even so, with the German military/industrial complexes already in ruins, the British and Americans compiled new “hit lists” which included wanton civilian attacks on mainly small, rural towns that had not yet been assaulted and whose populations were praying for peace.
In the vicinity of the great castle of Mad King Ludwig lies Ellingen, a small town in Bavaria which had 1,500 inhabitants, most of them farmers. Ellingen had nothing of military value to attack and was totally unprepared on February 23, 1945 when 25 American bombers dumped 285 high explosive bombs on the hamlet in a surprise attack which left 120 bomb craters and killed the town’s farm animals along with 98 villagers.
U.S. General Frederick Anderson explained that these late stage terror bombings were NOT carried out to shorten the war but rather to teach the Germans a lesson:
“If Germany was struck all over it will be passed on, from father to son, thence to grandson, as a deterrent for the initiation of future wars”.
This “noble” sentiment can no longer excuse the fact that at the dismal end of war, countless thousands of innocent civilians were needlessly roasted alive and forced to watch their children die in agony. Women in villages across Germany struggled to climb up church steeples, water towers and roof tops to drape white sheets hoping for mercy which was not given.
Allied bombing destroyed 3.5 million homes, leaving more than 20 million Germans homeless. It destroyed 2000 medieval houses in Frankfurt, 1000 in Hildesheim, 1000 in Nuremburg, 2000 in Braunschweig and thousands of others elsewhere.
Only three medieval German cities, Bamberg, Heidelberg and Göttingen, remained, for the most part, intact. It wiped out such architectural gems as the Baroque center and Archbishop’s Residenz in Wurzburg, the Residenz in Munich, the Hanseatic cities of Lubeck and Bremen, all of Dresden, the Prussian royal palaces at Potsdam and countless others.
Most major German town and cities suffered total destruction to their historic inner city areas of at least 90%: Augsburg, Aachen, Cologne, Leipzig, Dortmund, Stuttgart, Freiburg, Hamburg, Kassel, Magdeburg, Mannheim, Nürnberg, Worms, and many, many more.
The most mind-boggling fact is that most of the destruction occurred in the months of February and March 1945, just weeks before the German surrender, when German defenses were minimal or absent and the war was all but over. Over 80 million incendiary sticks were dropped on German cities by war’s end. The human death count may never be known, but to this day continues, inexplicably and unforgivably, to be intentionally lowered to an unbelievable and unrealistic level by whichever current formula is popular among conformist social scientists and easy to digest by a public unwilling to give up their heroes.
“Since the end of the war about 3,000,000 people, mostly women and children and overaged men, have been killed in eastern Germany and south-eastern Europe; about 15,000,000 people have been deported or had to flee from their homesteads and are on the road. About 25 per cent of these people, over 3,000,000, have died. About 4,000,000 men and women have been deported to eastern Europe and Russia as slaves. It seems that the elimination of the German population of eastern Europe – at least 15,000,000 people – was planned in accordance with decisions made at Yalta.”
The story of the expulsion of Eastern European Germans, which ended close to 1,000 years of German presence in areas now considered to be parts of Poland, the Czech Republic, Russia and other Eastern European states, has not been fairly regarded as the epochal event that it was: the most horrendous ethnic cleansing in the history of the world and one which changed the ethnic face of Europe. The expulsions resulted in the largest exchange of population in European history and were the result of three undeniably predominant factors: Greed, politics and revenge.
A generation is dying or already dead, a generation of human beings who hold in their hearts and minds the memory of being violently torn from a cherished homeland and subjected to barbarities few of us can even imagine. They bore witness to catastrophic and untold hardships which we are forbidden from referring to as genocide. Soon, their voices will be silent.
Alone, the expulsion of millions of Prussian Germans between 1944 and 1947 was accomplished in an immensely sinister manner, yet it is an event that has been ignored, minimized or rationalized by the mainstream media.
Most countries which once had a substantial ethnic German presence no longer do. Entire ethnic German cities and regions vanished in the aftermath of World War Two. When Stalin promised a “modest reduction in the German Population” to Churchill and Roosevelt, his homicidal plans were greeted with a wink and a nod, and that goal was accomplished with lethal zeal. Although, as in the case with mortality figures from Allied bombing, the number of victims is relentlessly downsized, these violent expulsions displaced and murdered millions of innocents in any case.
Agreeing to Stalin’s murderous plans to uproot both Poles and Germans, Churchill said in the House of Commons in 1944:
“Expulsion is the method which, in so far as we have been able to see, will be the most satisfactory and lasting. There will be no mixture of populations to cause endless trouble. A clean sweep will be made. I am not alarmed by these transferences.”
In November 1944, President Franklin Roosevelt agreed, and chief advisors to both Roosevelt and Churchill argued for a solution to the “German problem” as calculated and as chilling as Stalin’s.
Aside from countless German civilians who fled in advance of the Red Army and were bombed, drowned or shot at, since the British and Americans agreed at Yalta to redraw historic German borders, they abetted, authorized and encouraged the deportation of millions of ethnic German civilians and gave to vengeance-fueled Communist governments the power for who, where and how these citizens would be deported, a power which would inevitably be greatly abused.
Chaos, kidnapping, rape, thievery and mass murder were the order of the day. Poles, Czechs and others, with the assistance of the Red Army, sometimes gave the populations of whole German villages only minutes to vacate their homes. The Germans were either collected by force or ordered to gather at a central location where selected individuals were ripped from the group and beaten, executed, or dragged off for slave labor in a ruthless process which even tore children from their mothers’ arms.
The evicted Germans were methodically stripped of their most personal and dearest possessions before being taken to train stations where they were indecently prodded for hidden valuables, shoved aboard cars without adequate food, water or sanitation facilities, and speedily shipped to occupation zones in Germany where they were simply dumped.
Others were forced to walk hundreds of miles to destinations which were often in rubble, and few of them reached these destinations with even a handbag left in their possession. Many died on the roadside from disease, exposure or starvation. Forbidden to ever return home, all of their worldly goods were confiscated.
But many never made it to a home in Germany. Thousands were deported for forced labor in the USSR after Secret Order 7161 of 1944 issued by USSR State Defense Committee made possible the internment of all adult Germans from Romania, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Bulgaria. About ten per cent of the victims died just in the course of transportation to Russia as a result of hunger, murder and cold.
Half of the so-called ‘repatriated displaced persons’ died in camps, one of the worst being the Kolyma Camp. The numbers of deaths and expulsions sky-rocketed at war’s end. In the USSR, over 75% of German civilian slaves worked the mines in Ukraine and 11% worked in the Urals. By 1946, out of the German “arrested internees”, 39% died, and of 875,000 other German civilians who were abducted and transported to the camps, over 50% perished.
Labor camps for Germans existed not only in the Soviet Union, but in almost all the regions from which Germans were displaced, the last ones not being closed until 1950. In Poland and areas under Polish administration, there were 1,255 camps: 6,048 out of about 8,000 people died in Lamsdorf camp alone.
In Czechoslovakia, 2,061 camps existed: in the Mährisch-Ostrau camp around 350 people were tortured to death by early July 1945. In Yugoslavia, there were gruesome death camps: the Red Cross found 1,562 camps and prisons there. By May of 1945, practically all of the Yugoslav Germans who did not flee in time were living and dying in camps.
The standard, unrevised estimates which have stood for sixty years say that between 1945 and 1950, from 11,730,000 to 15,000,000 German civilians fled and/or were expelled from the eastern territories of Germany proper and from the Eastern European countries. Other estimates were much higher.
“Population transfers”, from highest to lowest, were from former eastern Germany, then Czechoslovakia next, then Poland, Danzig, Yugoslavia, Romania, Hungary, the Baltic states and, lastly, the USSR. And besides the forced expulsion and murder of millions of these people, at least another 3.1 million simply “disappeared” during the expulsion/liquidation process.
But figures do not tell the story. They are not only untrustworthy, they are inconsequential. The consistent “debates” which take place over mere numbers and petty statistics serve only to deflect attention from the real issue: the intentional persecution of innocent people, whether they be one thousand or fifteen million, and a wrong which history has thus far not set right.
End of Article by Dr. Ingrid Rimland
German Losses in WWII !
|3,250,000||German Soldiers due to combat|
|1,000.000||German women, children, and elderly as victims of residential bombing|
|3,242,000||German soldiers in Allied prisons|
|2,000,000 in Sowjet camps|
|1,000,000 in American camps|
|120,000 in French camps|
|100,000 in Yugoslavian camps|
|22,000 in Polish and CSSR camps|
|3,000,000||Ethnic German women, children, and elderly as victims of expulsion and flight from East bloc countries (numbers do not include the Black Sea Germans)|
|500,000||Germans murdered by the Russians marching into (in the East) Germany|
|60,000||Germans murdered by the Russians marching into Austria|
|120,000||Germans executed or starved to death in the Russian Gulag system|
|100,000||Germans killed by the Jewish commandos in Poland|
|5,700,000||Germans killed in the West by forced starvation|
A TOTAL OF MORE THAN 17 MILLION GERMANS PERISHED
MORE THAN 12 MILLION GERMANS WERE KILLED AFTER THE END OF THE WAR BY STARVATION, MEDICAL NEGLECT, MURDER, RAPE TO DEATH, ILLNESS AND INJURY.
(primarily by arrangement of the Allies and their directors)
from Huttenbrief fuer Volkstum, Kultur, Wahrheit und RechtHerausgeber (Publisher): Freundenkreis Ulrich von Hutten e.V.
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Die Toten des Volkes weisen den Weg zum Geschichtsbewußtsein, der geistigen Grundlage des Volksbewußtseins.
Der Aderlaß an unserem Volk – 12Millionen Tote, die noch nach dem Ende des Krieges durch Feindeshand zu Tode kamen – ist unserem Volke kaum bekannt und nicht ins Herz gedrungen. Sie müssen dem Volke „in das Gedächtnis geschrieben” und dem Vergessen entrissen werden.
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Dennoch sind viele Quellen zugänglich.
Hier sind einige der wichtigsten angeführt:
- Heinz NAWRATIL: „Die deutschen Nachkriegsverluste unter Vertriebenen, Gefangenen und Verschleppten“, 1986 bei Herbig, Materialien zur Zeitgeschichte. Die umseitig genannten Verlustziffern wurden großenteils unter Zugrundelegung dieser Schrift ermittelt. Ergänzende Zahlen in der Neuauflage.
- Wilfried AHRENS: „Verbrechen an Deutschen. Dokumente der Vertreibung“. 1983 bei Ahrens-Verlag.
- James BACQUE: „Der geplante Tod“, bei Ullstein-Verlag. Die erschütternde Dokumentation über den Tod von 1 Million deutschen Kriegsgefangenen im Gewahrsam der USA und Frankreichs durch gezieltes Verhungern und Verrecken.
- Heike SANDER / Barbara JOHR: „Befreier und Befreite“, 1992 bei Kunstmann, München. Eine Dokumentation über die Verbrechen an deutschen Frauen und Mädchen durch Vergewaltigung. Es wurden insgesamt 2,000.000 Frauen vergewaltigt, davon 240.000 mit Todesfolge.
- „Völkermord der Tito-Partisanen“, Historiker-Arbeitsgemeinschaft Steiermark-Kärnten.
- J. Sack „Auge um Auge“, S. 246 Hamburg 1995
- Ingomar Pust: „Schreie aus der Hölle“
L e s e n * V e r v i e l f ä l t i g e n * W e i t e r g e b e n
IN DAS GEDÄCHTNIS UNSERES VOLKES GESCHRIEBEN
DIE VERLUSTE DES DEUTSCHEN VOLKES WÄHREND UND NACH DEM 2. WELTKRIEG
3,250.000 Deutsche Soldaten
1,000.000 Frauen, Kinder und Greise als Opfer des völkerrechtswidrigen Bombenterrors
3,242.000 Deutsche Soldaten in alliierter Gefangenschaft
Davon: 2,000.000 in sowjetischen Lagern 1,000.000 in amerikanischen Lagern
120.000 in französischen Lagern
100.000 in jugoslawischen Lagern
22.000 in Polen und CSSR
3,000.000 Frauen, Kinder und Greise bei der Vertreibung aus der Heimat nach 1945
500.000 Ermordete beim Einmarsch der Sowjets in Ost- und Mitteldeutschland
60.000 Ermordete beim Einmarsch in Österreich
120.000 Deutsche sind in sowjetischen KZ-Lagern zu Tode gekommen
100.000 von jüdischen Kommandos in Polen umgebracht
5,700.000 durch die Hungerpolitik in den Westzonen
Es starben insgesamt über 17 Millionen Deutsche davon
über 12 Millionen Deutsche n a c h der Beendigung des Krieges
Sie starben für das Leben des deutschen Volkes und die Freiheit Europas
HUTTENBRIEFE FUER VOLKSTUM, KULTUR, WAHRHEIT UND RECHT
Herausgeber: FREUNDENKREIS ULRICH VON HUTTEN e.V., 63811 Stockstadt, Postfach 43
Das ist der Sinn von diesem großen Sterben: Ihr, die Ihr dann noch lebt, merket gut: Die großen Taten wollen große Erben, Ihr Todesmut will Euren Lebensmut!