of course I know your opinion on this thread.
He didn't have much of a choice, but his decision to deprive POWs of their status was still a violation of the Geneva Convention.
I don't agree.
Das ist Ihr gutes Recht.
translated the above from an article by German historian Rolf Steininger in: Wolfgang Benz et al, Legenden, Lügen, Vorurteile, 12th edition 2002 by dtv Munich, page 128.
Yes, food was a considerable problem. But that problem was known earlier and no preventive measures were taken.
An interesting contention.
Is there any documentary evidence that the US High Command foresaw this problem at a time when it could have taken measures to avoid it, yet failed to do so?
what instances where the Americans "let children and cripples die agonizingly by hunger, cold and illnesses" the author is referring to.
The experience of the person I mentioned above.
If the author was a former POW who narrated his experiences at the Remagen-Sinzig camp, I presume that by "children and cripples" he meant POWs below the age of 18 and such who were badly wounded.
The conditions that initially prevailed at these camps along the Rhine, as I pointed out on the other thread, were an unexcusable American war crime, in my opinion.
While Eisenhower could have justified his later breach of the Geneva Convention by depriving POWs of their status with the need to secure food supplies for the civilian population, there is no justification for what happened at these camps.
[...]However, the papers do show that some of the camps, particularly the transit camps that became known as the Rheinwiesenlager,7 were initially lethal, with thousands of German POWs dying, and that these deaths were the responsibility of the American government. While the final toll of the American transit camps was far from that alleged by Bacque, it still could have reached 56,000 dead (lines 232 and 233). Detailed statistical studies by the German Maschke Commission set up to determine the fate of German POWs arrived at a figure of 4,537 dead for the most deadly Rheinwiesenlager camps (line 229). Other estimates in this range are also available (lines 228, 230 to 231).[...]
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