Andreas wrote:A German Stalingrad survivor who was taken POW was interviewed on German TV a while ago. He stated his disbelief that Jewish Soviet medics were helping the POWs shortly after the surrender..
Strange statement. He is badly mistaken if he thought all Soviet medics were Jewish. Most likely though, as many former Nazis today on the German TV, he has been trying to rationalise the ideology he has been fighting for, in this case trying to say something like Jews were also guilty of war crimes.
Andreas wrote:AIUI the number of prisoners taken was somewhere on the order of 90,000 (total German losses were ca. 210,000). It is quite likely that this (together with the need to sustain combat operations) overwhelmed Soviet rear area services, especially considering the situation before the surrender, with many of the POW presumably in extremely bad shape (hunger, disease, exposure, probably many wounded). They needed to be moved away from the city, since it was too close to the frontline, and in any case not fit to house them. Another reason for moving them would presumably have been to avoid them having to rely on the logistics system of armies conducting active combat operations.
In such a situation it is likely that many of them died very shortly after becoming POW, without the need to actively try to kill them.
This seems to be the case. That nobody tried to kill them systematically should be obvious from the fact that a considerable number of them survived and were released home, after all. Note also there were explicit orders not to exact any unlawful revenge upon the captured Germans, even though there have been some cases when they were used for pot-shooting by the guards.