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August 11, 2011

James Bacque’s book “Other Losses” is coming out in a new edition aimed at Americans

Filed under: Germany, World War II — furtherglory @ 2:43 pm

I just received an e-mail which alerted me to the fact that a new edition of the book “Other Losses” is coming out soon.  Some time around 1993, I purchased the old edition, which was first published in 1989.  It was around that time when I first read about “Eisenhower’s Death Camps” in a news group on the Internet.  At first, I couldn’t believe it.  Finally, I purchased the book and I was horrified.  I wrote about it on my web site here and quoted from the book.

I recently purchased James Bacque’s second book, entitled “Crimes and Mercies” but I have been unable to read it all the way through.  I was completely totaled out just by flipping through the book and reading a few pages.

Here is a quote from the e-mail which is apparently being passed around to people who are sympathetic toward the German people:

An American army officer, Major Merrit P. Drucker, stationed in Rheinberg, Germany in 1989, came upon traces of these crimes and has investigated them there and in archives in the eastern USA. In company with Bacque and Col. Dr. Ernest F. Fisher Jr., formerly A Senior Historian with the USA army. Drucker has vowed to “make this thing right ” by promoting awareness of the book and has written a letter of apology to the Mayor of Rheinberg. Drucker on his own has also written to the Archbishop of Koln, the American Ambassador to Germany, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Vatican, the United States Army Chief of Staff and the Army Judge Advocate General, demanding apologies and investigation. He has also set up a meeting with a retired Bundeswehr general, Gerd Schultze-Rhonhof, when he will present a letter of apology on behalf of the US army for these mass crimes. The general has agreed to fly over for the meeting which will take place at the official launch of the American edition of Other Losses in Washington in October, 2011. Drucker’s purpose is simple: reconciliation through the truth.

The original version of “Other Losses” was heavily criticized by the German-haters and I expect that this will also be case with the new edition. Hatred of the German people has increased since 1989 as the Holocaust has been promoted more heavily.  I don’t know if a new edition of “Other Losses” will do much to change American opinion of the German people.

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  1. I find it strange every number, happening quoted which is Germany, s favour is adjusted or exagerated where as the Allied statements are taken as gospel and not to be questioned. As the new Germany is in full agreement with it we veterans are forever portrayed as war criminals and monsters. The fact that we simply believed what we were told, to protect our FATHERLAND or never given a choice does not count also in every way we were more disciplined and honorable then the enrmy we faced – a soldier who faced Ivan and later Ami.

    Comment by Gerd2 — April 19, 2013 @ 4:52 pm

  2. I was in a couple of camps Mr. Bacque mentioned and can still remember dying comrades and our resigned or perhaps desperate condition, ours and what was happening with our families. It took almost three more years before we were alowed to write.
    Of course the ever so politically correct German government does not like to talk about it, they would rather (and do) heap blame on on their own people for simply doing what they were told or believed. Now 70+ years after WW2 they are still dreging up soldiers, privates and low ranks to drag before War crime courts on flimsy or no evidence some in wheelchairs while recent War ccriminals are displayed as statesmen or patriots.

    Comment by gerhard — April 16, 2013 @ 4:51 pm

  3. I know these ‘Rheinwiesen’ camps existed, as my father was in one of them. As a Captain he surrendered with is troops to the Americans , when he and his men received a brutal beating that put him in a field hospital for a few weeks. Then he went to the camp. He was 6’1” tall and when he finally made his getaway, his weight was down to just 120 lbs from 190 lbs. . Here are some of the things he witnessed. Food was brought in form of a thin watery soup in oil barrels , and the prisoners had to ladle it out with their mess kits. One soldier was so weak from starvation that he fell head first into the soup and drowned. Nobody was strong enough to pull the corpse out of the barrel, so the others just scooped their soup trying to get around him. The camp consisted of a huge square of grassland, surrounded by barbed wire. There was no shelter whatsoever, and tens of thousands of freezing, starving people were exposed to the very inclement weather, ( the spring of ’45 was exceptionally frigid and wet) in their uniforms only. Thousands died of exposure, dysentery and starvation. The American guards were incredibly cruel. One of their favorite games was to snip long cigarette butts into the compound and watch the prisoners fight , often to death, over the butt. Tobacco is a very effective remedy for severe hunger pangs, and prisoners often preferred them over the water soup, because they curb their gnawing hunger for a couple of hours. German women trying to smuggle food to the men were shot on sight. I could go on for several pages, but it is very painful for me.

    My uncle , a Lieutenant, surrendered with his men to the Russians, and was promtply beaten to death with re-bars by a mob of drunken soldiers.

    Eisenhower was a self hating German blooded monster.

    Comment by treesnake — November 19, 2011 @ 12:45 am

  4. Your anonymous email quoted above starting ” An American army officer, Major Merrit P. Drucker, stationed in Rheinberg, Germany in 1989, came upon traces of these crimes …”. Is it from an email by Mr. James Bacque ?

    Comment by anonymous — September 26, 2011 @ 9:30 am

  5. The critics of Mr. James Bacque’s theories are not German haters. There are perfectly good reasons, having nothing to do with sympathy or antipathy to Germany and Germans to criticize what he purports to be good scholarship. That there was hatred of Germany and the Germans in 1945 is undeniable, that it found cruel expression in some places is undeniable. That this amounted to millions of deliberately starved German pows is an unproven hypothesis that has not been embraced by any active professional historian to my knowledge in any refereed journal . The thesis merits study and has received extensive study but nothing has surfaced yet in accessible archives to substantiate the claim that millions of German POWs died as a result of SHAEF policy.
    A Historian

    Comment by anonymous — September 26, 2011 @ 9:26 am

  6. His name was Salomon Morel. He fled to Israel in 1992 and died in 2007. Poland demanded his extradition in 1998 and 2004 at no avail.

    Comment by Gasan — August 14, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

  7. It is about Jewish revenge against Germans, with the focus on the Schwientochwitz camp (not far from Auschwitz) and its leader, allegedly still alive and harbored by Israel today. Of course, one shouldn’t expect the modern German government to seek extradition and trial. They only go after their own nanogenarians.

    Comment by schlageter — August 13, 2011 @ 5:43 am

  8. The book that I can’t read, although I’ve had it for a long time, is “An Eye for an Eye” by John Sack. It’s about Polish Jews who controlled a prison camp in Poland after the war and the cruel tortures they purposely put their German prisoners (inc. former SS soldiers) through. It’s a true story, that’s why.

    I think it’s interesting that most people can read these holocaust survivor books with no problem except some sentimental “tears” and sadness, but the books about the real torture that really happened to truly innocent people is too horrible to expose ourselves to. Books like Bacque’s and John Sack’s.

    Comment by sceptic — August 12, 2011 @ 6:13 pm

    • I have heard of the book “An Eye for an Eye” and have deliberately avoided it. I didn’t know that it was a book about a specific prison in Poland. I thought it was a book about the revenge of the Jews against the Germans in Germany after the war.

      Comment by furtherglory — August 12, 2011 @ 10:11 pm

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