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To: the scotsman

Contrast this with how German prisoners were treated in the US. They knew they had it so good, very, very few even tried to escape. After the war many stayed or returned later to immigrate.


10 posted on 03/03/2013 7:33:39 AM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: Last Dakotan

Same here, and this was a nation bombed and starved by them. German prisoners stayed in their thousands and married local women.

One of the iconic sportsman in the UK in the 1940’s and 50’s, Bert Trautmann (soccer goalie), became a much loved national treasure (especially after he played an English soccer cup final with a broken neck).


11 posted on 03/03/2013 7:43:08 AM PST by the scotsman (i)
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To: Last Dakotan

The U.S. bent over backwards to adhere to the Geneva protocols so as not to give the Germans any pretext to harm American POWs. In one interesting case six German prisoners killed a fellow prisoner who made disparaging remarks about Hitler and said Germany deserved to lose the War. They were court-martialed and convicted, but their sentences were stayed until about month after the War, when Truman ordered them all executed. There were over 500,000 Germans interred in America, mostly in rural areas in the South. All but two were accounted for at the end of the War. None were allowed to remain in America, though thousands of them later returned after immigrating from Germany.


25 posted on 03/03/2013 8:12:31 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (What word begins with "O" and ends in economic collapse?)
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To: Last Dakotan
Very true, but those interred in Germany weren't treated too well.

Rheinwiesenlager

And after the war was over...

Forced Labor of Germans after World War II

In March 1947, an estimated 4,000,000 Germans were being used as forced labour.

Bottom line: War is hell, and losing sucks.

46 posted on 03/03/2013 11:02:51 AM PST by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: Last Dakotan

My dad was Army and a POW guard in the south for a while during the war. He said the Germans were no trouble. He would deliver them to local farms to help, and pick them up later. And he learned to curse fluently in German.


49 posted on 03/03/2013 11:09:47 AM PST by eartrumpet
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To: Last Dakotan
Oops. interred = interned.
50 posted on 03/03/2013 11:13:24 AM PST by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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