Book Review: Other Losses (1991)

The shocking truth behind the mass deaths of disarmed German soldiers and civilians under General Eisenhower’s command
By James Bacque
Reviewed by Brian R. Wright

Reviewer’s note: I first became interested in this subject by some revisionist history in connection with WW2 where one of the respondents pointed to a column in Rense.com [“Eisenhower’s Holocaust – His Slaughter of 1.7 Million Germans” (6-22-2008)] describing the systematic murdering by policy, —though conducted at the instigation of United States General Dwight David Eisenhower, head of SHAEF,[1]—of disarmed German soldiers, not to mention civilians… that persisted months after the end of the war.

“…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.”
— Canadian news reporter, Peter Worthington, of the
Ottawa Sun, from his column on September 12,1989. [Worthington had read the Canadian release of Other Losses, 1989.]

Yes, as disturbing as the BIG facts are, they’re undeniable. Mr. Bacque’s book is a thoroughgoing account of Eisenhower’s holocaust[2], which documents his directive of ‘confinement, torture, and death by bureaucracy’ of hundreds of thousands—the author’s own numbers are: at least 900,000 documented, with very likely a million more murdered in the camps, uncounted—helpless individuals, authorized by a sadistic hater of all things German. It’s an account of life’s necessities deliberately not supplied—thru contrived bungling, devious wording of policy, and pathetic acquiescence of subordinates—over a period of months from spring 1945 into winter 1946.

From the Rense piece:

Three days after the end of the war in Europe, prisoners dig earth holes for shelter at Dallien (one of 200 of Ike’s death camps in the US Zone). Food, shelter, water, and other supplies were abundant, but most not allowed by Ike to reach the camps. Death rates in these open fields were 30% per year.

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.[3]

Bacque goes into the forming of allied policy toward the defeated enemy when it appeared the allies would be victorious. The great majority of Losses lies in unearthing document- ation of the multitude of transactions that bear on how the prisoners were treated and how information about the holocaust was managed. It’s a Herculean effort, of course, falling generally on dumbed-down and deaf Western mass ears. Yet it’s incredibly important to reasonable people to destroy the myth of American Exceptionalism, particularly of THIS eventual president, who embodied the Leave it to Beaver and Ozzie and Harriet [don’t worry, buy things, be happy, trust the government] spirit of the 1950s.

Denied mail, a prisoner in the US death camp at Rheinberg threw a note wrapped around a rock over the perimeter fence. The note begs the reader to bring salt and cooked potatoes because, “We are terribly hungry.” Signed Jakob Lohr, the note, on brown wrapping paper, is preserved in the town archives of Rheinberg. It is not known if Lohr survived.

Cleansed from the official stories are Eisenhower’s statements showing his deep psychopathology: In a letter to his wife, in September 1944, he claims, “God, I hate the Germans.” When asked why, he said, “Because the German is a beast.” He wanted to kill all 3,500 of the officers of the German General Staff, as well as “exterminate” all leaders of the Nazi party from mayors on up… which all told would equal about 100,000 people.

“Inconvenient truths were whited out of the record in American books as well. Eisenhower’s postscript to Marshall in May 1943 that ‘it is a pity that we could not have killed more’ Germans was cut from printed versions of the letter in the supposedly authoritative Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower, probably by order of the Defense Department. The note has also been deleted from the book of Eisenhower’s correspondence with Marshall entitled Dear General.”

In the chapter entitled Myth, Lies, and History we get an idea of how straightjacketed any journalist would be, how embedded to the aim of massacre followed by abject subjugation:

“In Germany after 1945, there were millions of biographies; there was no history. When the nation was cut in four, its history was fragmented by the political division, censorship, coverup, and fear of criticizing the USA and France. No intelligent public opinion was formed on the subject because no expression of it was allowed. The occupation of Germany resulted in an occupied mentality, which attempted to subject reason to unreasoning discipline.” — page 151

What goes around comes around

I make this statement to the unreasoning ciphers of ‘our own’ country, which has in fact been 90% taken over by an international Mob of unparalleled barbarism that has dusted more than 20 million innocent souls since the end of the so-called Good War of the so-called Greatest Generation.

A lot of my countrymen-ciphers will tell me,
“Damned Germans deserve to die for what they did to everyone else.

By that logic, wrt our own Fourth Reich…

Let’s say a miracle occurs and the people of the planet win a victory over the Fourth Reich. Now you’re a restored person in Iraq or Palestine, somehow you—along with millions of others—reclaim your property and life from the Western Cabal invaders… which include as a leading state power the good ol’ US of A, of which my ‘countryman-cipher’ is a citizen.

From the invadeds’ perspective, Americans are the worst sort of aggressor slime, responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of their people. So if their own now-successful-in-defeating-the-invader government gets to decide on every average American’s fate, it, by obedient-cipher logic, may send millions of my friends and me—especially soldiers who committed no war crimes—off to the Gulag or Guantanamo equivalent.

I know what you, obedient cipher, are saying, “That sounds like logic, and I don’t do logic.”

Better hope those who defeat our rotted empire do. Along with mercy for your ignorance.

QED

What do we do with the information?

Good question. A story like this opens up several weaknesses in the official stories of WWII and subsequent years when we know that the mainstream media became wholly embedded in the Western national security establishment. A special independent people’s Washington federal grand jury—or more likely a special people’s international grand jury—needs to be empaneled to investigate and bring indictments for all war crimes committed by US officials… with sub grand juries for the world wars. Briefly, justice for the victims and descendants of the victims demands that we find the truth and establish those who are guilty, revoking any honors such criminals have received.

The record must be set straight on Eisenhower, ‘though the heavens fall.’

[1] Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force. Reasonable evidence exists of a higher-level policy—set at the meetings of American, British, and Russian heads of state at Yalta or behind the scenes—to perpetrate genocide on ethnic Germans following the defeat of the Third Reich. Ref. A Terrible Revenge, by Alfred-Maurice de Zayas. [My former wife is an ethnic German and displaced person; many of her family ancestors were brutally dispos-sessed, imprisoned, tortured, and/or killed. So I knew about the ‘Eastern policy’ (the Russians and Tito’s partisans destroyed ~2,000,000 noncombatant lives), but until reading the Rense piece, I was blissfully unaware of the military-level atrocities committed by the US military, almost exclusively at Eisenhower’s initiative.]

[2] I use the word holocaust generically to apply to any state crime of mass aggression and ethnic cleansing.

[3] 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.” (courtesy, Betty Lou Smith Hanson)

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