Scott Smith wrote:This was peacetime and very doable, unlike the situation with the Germans who were still fighting a war (although Roberto seems to think that the standard of living in wartime Germany was higher than in peacetime America).
Smith keeps trying to sell his cattle manure.
Peacetime or not, it's not as if food could have been easily brought on in sufficient quantities to stave of a threatening famine in a devastated continent, is it?
The fact is that in 1945 there was a worldwide shortage of food and that the transportation system in Europe was largely destroyed. Already on 14 February Eisenhower had called the attention of the Allied governments to the fact that he feared a severe shortage of food throughout Europe at the war's end. He even feared that there would be famine - and he had no food reserves to feed the Germans, the "displaced persons" and the Allied civilian population. He "urgently" requested immediate food supplies from Great Britain - this at a time when in Great Britain food was still rationed.
I 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.
But the Allied High Command did what it could, with the means at its disposal, to prevent such a famine from coming about. Whether more means could have been placed at its disposal at an earlier stage, as POW contends, is another question.
Smith's beloved Nazis, on the other hand, planned to recklessly exploit the occupied territories of the Soviet Union
to the point of causing
a famine in order to allow their armed forces to live off the land and their home front to enjoy food consumption as in peacetime:
Christian Streit wrote:[...]There are four main reasons for the death of so many prisoners. The most obvious is hunger. The others are lack of shelter, the methods used in transport, and the general treatment meted out to the prisoners. Supplying provisions for the vast numbers of Soviet prisoners certainly posed immense problems for the German Army, but that was not the true cause of starvation.
Obtaining foodstuffs from the East was one of the principal objectives of the German Reich in the war against Soviet Russia. The breakdown of Germany in 1918 had been a traumatic experience for the German leaders, and it was still remembered by Hitler and his generals. The merciless exploitation of food resources in the East was designed to make it possible for the German people to enjoy food consumption as in peacetime and, thus, to stabilise wartime morale.
The bureaucrats involved in planning this exploitation were perfectly aware of the fact that this implied “without doubt the starvation of umpteen million people.” From the very beginning, the rations handed out to the Soviet prisoners of war were far below the minimum required for subsistence.[...]
Source of quote:
Christian Streit, "The Fate of Soviet Prisoners of War"
, in: A Mosaic of Victims. Non-Jews Persecuted and Murdered by the Nazis.
Edited by Michael Berenbaum, New York University Press, 1990.
Emphases are mine.
I guess it takes a true believer like Smith to compare measures which may have been required or not to prevent
a famine with such that were foreseen to cause