Skip to comments.At last, the U.S. POWs of Buchenwald talk
Posted on 11/23/2011 8:32:16 AM PST by edcoil
ANAHEIM He was beaten. Marched before a firing squad. Starved at Buchenwald.
Only a small twist of fate saved him four days before the Nazis planned to execute him.
They have survived Buchenwald. But the world isn't ready to hear it. After the war, they are told to not speak about it. The official U.S. stance was that no American POWs went to Buchenwald.
"We were still negotiating certain things with the Germans," says Dorsey, of Temecula. "The government didn't want to upset people by saying U.S. servicemen were held in concentration camps."
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I read an article about this in the New York TImes Magazine section quite a while ago. In this, POWs with Jewish names were sent to concentration camps. Imagine the horror...
“The official U.S. stance...”
The official stance was wide in the bathroom stall.....
PC liberal idiocy from pantywaist bureaucrats is nothing new, I guess......
Rot in Hell, Harry.
“We were still negotiating certain things with the Germans,” says Dorsey, of Temecula. “The government didn’t want to upset people by saying U.S. servicemen were held in concentration camps.”
it was part PC and part getting as many German scientists on our side before they could go over to the Russian side....the way the gov’t sold out these soldiers and, especially, POW’s from the Pacific theater in WWII was disgraceful...read the way the POW’s held by japan were treated by the American gov’t, especially the survivors of the Bataan Death march- your stomach will turn...
Wow...quite a story. Thanks much for posting. He is lucky to be alive. He and the other airmen showed incredible courage.
Though his dog tags had his religion on them, he was never treated differently by the Germans...perhaps because he was an officer, perhaps because he was not part of the resistance but uniformed and fighting with the US Army.
Kind of a good thing to read at Thanksgiving time. Thank you for posting this...
We have seen such incredible barbarism by Muslims against Americans that I cannot, for the life of me, think how anyone can seriously invoke the Geneva Conventions in criticizing how the US has handled enemy combatants.
And slowly it comes out that NO enemy of the US has EVER felt constrained by the conventions.
How much leverage could the Germans have had, considering they had no Army and the alternative was the Russians?
Among the worst atrocities committed by our side was OPERATION KEELHAUL. In 1947, Truman’s watch, hundreds of thousands of Soviet POW were still being held in western Europe. In an effort to curry favor with Stalin and his cutthroats, a great many of these poor devils were forcibly repatriated to the USSR where they were imprisoned in Siberia or executed. Many of them committed suicide rather than go back to the USSR.
The names in this article, Bowen and Freeman, aren’t particularly Jewish. I knew a Jewish Friedman and a WASP Freeman. Bowen is a Welsh name. And this article doesn’t say anything about whether they were Jewish or not.
A horrible fate and horrible to have your country deny it. It still doesn’t make sense what interest the government did have in denial.
Part of the Yalta agreement was that nationals of the SU
would be repatriated regardless of their wishes.
The result was that the various formations such as Cossacks,
Latvians, Russians were returned to Soviet custody. Otherwize Allied POW in Soviet hands might have been held.
Even Sweden gave up refugees to the SU, I believe it was
Estonian SS who made it across the Baltic. Forced to board Soviet vessels and sent back to Mother Russia.
The lives lost in these repatriations pale in comparison to the numbers killed during the flight of Germans from East Prussia and Silesia and the Czech lands.
I rad one article that talked about the concentration camps after Hitler fell. The prisoners were released, but nearly half died. They were given rich meals that were too much for their bodies to handle. It took weeks to figure out how to properly feed them back to health.
My dad was German and the U.S. wouldn't allow him in the service during WWII, so he took a job at the Seaman's YMCA in NYC. Right after the war he said the seamen were telling him about "Russians jumping off the ship or slitting their wrists." and how Russia must really be so bad that people did this.
It wasn't until years later I read how Stalin gulled the U.S. into repatriating all Russians "who belonged back in the Motherland". He wanted revenge on those who were captured, since many were fighting in German regiments.** Others were "contaminated" by being exposed to Western Ideas and needed to be exterminated.
**[excerpt from long article]:
Deprived of their fatherland, scorned by their protectors, regarded generally as traitors, although in their consciences they were not traitors, they fought often for an alien and hateful cause; the only reward which they eventually received for their pains was toil and death, mostly in a foreign land, or "repatriation" to the hell from which they had tried to escape."
I heard Air Force guys say that if shot down, you hoped the military found you before the citizens did as they would take out their helplessness on the airmen, usually killing them.
I read years ago about U.S airmen worked to death at Mauthausen.
Time or the truth to come out. It is so disgraceful on how our gov’t treated former American POW’s !
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