…With a cocked machine gun, the British officers told my husband, to order his men (who had refused so far to act without their commander) to disrobe the [*German] bodies, cut off their hair, and take off their jewelry, etc. …
[admin*These victims are the dead floating ashore from the Allied-bombed German ships.]
The official German Goverment Archive Log of the German Commander’s Orders at Auschwitz from 1940-1945 – in German language only
Begin of May 1945 in the Flensburg Förde (fjord)
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Report by Mrs. G. Schmidt, Vienna, wife of the Commander of submarine U-2512, Ewald Schmid
“Like Kurt Baberg he watered his boat in the Flensburg fjord and brought the squad to shore where they all were arrested. First separated from his men he saw them shortly thereafter again – on the shore of the fjord that was covered with countless corpses. Concentration camp prisoners and refugees from the East were on the ships marked with the Red Cross emblem, shot at by the English and sunk. The corpses drifted ashore.
With cocked machine gun, the British officers told my husband, to order his men (who had refused so far to act without their commander) to disrobe the bodies, cut off their hair, and take off their jewelry, etc. To this my husband answered they could shoot him right now, because he will never give this order. Without blinking an eye, the Brit shot and killed one of the commander’s men and said, that ‘it works much better with German officers to kill his men.’
The men of the U-2512 did their gruesome work. The corpses had to be thrown on big heaps. Before my husband stood a German-speaking Englishman with a drawn pistol. From the English headquarters buses arrived bringing people with cameras who photographed the corpses.
In the first years of the 1970s, Mr. Löwenthal from the ARD, showed these pictures as proof of the concentration camp cruelties, and my husband told me the real situation that had transpired. After that I wrote to the ARD, to the attention of Mr. Löwenthal, but never received an answer.
My husband did not like to talk about these things as he suffered terribly over it. Born in 1922, he was in 1945 barely 23 years old. He no longer lives now, but some of his men could still be alive. G. Schmid.” 63
Source: Translated by germanvictims.com from Historische Tatsachen (historical truths) #92 by William Douglass