Everyone over the age of 10 in America knows the meaning of the term “death camp.” There were six death camps in the Holocaust: Auschwitz, Majdanek, Chelmno, Treblinka, Belzec and Sobibor. But few people in the world know about the “death camps” set up by the Allies after World War II where millions of German soldiers died. Some of the worst of these “death camps” for German soldiers were Eisenhower’s Rheinwiesen camps (Rhine meadow camps).
This quote is from an article which you can read in full here:
One month before the end of World War II, General Eisenhower issued special orders concerning the treatment of German Prisoners and specific in the language of those orders was this statement,
“Prison enclosures are to provide no shelter or other comforts.”
Eisenhower biographer Stephen Ambrose, who was given access to the Eisenhower personal letters, states that he proposed to exterminate the entire German General Staff, thousands of people, after the war.
Eisenhower, in his personal letters, did not merely hate the Nazi Regime, and the few who imposed its will down from the top, but that HE HATED THE GERMAN PEOPLE AS A RACE. It was his personal intent to destroy as many of them as he could, and one way was to wipe out as many prisoners of war as possible.
But why would Eisenhower, a man with a German name, hate the German people? Many people believe that Eisenhower was a Crypto-Jew. Wikipedia defines Crypto-Judaism as “the secret adherence to Judaism while publicly professing to be of another faith. [...] The phenomenon arose in the Middle Ages following the expulsion of the Jews in 1492 from Spain.” Many of the expelled Jews went to the Netherlands; this could be the origin of the Eisenhower family.
This quote from Wikipedia explains the Rheinwiesen camps:
The Rheinwiesenlager (Rhine meadow camps), official name Prisoner of War Temporary Enclosures (PWTE), were a group of about 19 transit camps for holding about one million German POWs after World War II from spring until late summer 1945. Credible sources for German POW deaths in these camps range from about 3,000 to 10,000, in most part occurring from starvation, dehydration and exposure to the weather elements. Most of these deaths were attributed to an unexpectedly large number of POWs which accumulated during the end of WWII, and the subsequent inability to provide adequate necessities for them.
Note that the Wikipedia article seems to be biased toward the Allies and a very low number of deaths is given.
This quote is from an excellent article about Eisenhower’s death camps, which you can read in full here.
First you were exhausted, then hungry, then fearful, and now; dirty. Hundreds more German prisoners are behind you, pushing you on, jamming you together and every one of them searching for the latrine as soon as they could do so. Now, late in the day, there is no space to even squat, much less sit down to rest your weary legs. None of the prisoners, you quickly learn, have had any food that day, in fact there was no food while in the American hands that any surviving prisoner can testify to. No one has eaten any food for weeks, and they are slowly starving and dying. But, they can’t do this to us! There are the Geneva Convention rules for the treatment of Prisoners of War. There must be some mistake! Hope continues through the night, with no shelter from the cold, biting rain.
Your uniform is sopping wet, and formerly brave soldiers are weeping all around you, as buddy after buddy dies from the lack of food, water, sleep and shelter from the weather. After weeks of this, your own hope bleeds off into despair, and finally you actually begin to envy those who, having surrendered first manhood and then dignity, now also surrender life itself. More hopeless weeks go by. Finally, the last thing you remember is falling, unable to get up, and lying face down in the mud mixed with the excrement of those who have gone before.
Your body will be picked up long after it is cold, and taken to a special tent where your clothing is stripped off. So that you will be quickly forgotten, and never again identified, your dog-tag is snipped in half and your body along with those of your fellow soldiers are covered with chemicals for rapid decomposition and buried. You were not one of the exceptions, for more than one million seven hundred thousand German Prisoners of War died from a deliberate policy of extermination by starvation, exposure, and disease, under direct orders of the General Dwight David Eisenhower.
The reason that I am writing about Eisenhower’s death camps is because a reader of this blog wrote a comment about the Rheinwiesen camps. I am putting the comment on this blog post so that it will get more attention.
Comment by a reader on a previous post on my blog, which you can read here:
I know these “Rheinwiesen” camps existed, as my father was in one of them. As a Captain he surrendered with his 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 the 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.
The Dachau concentration camp was turned into a prison camp for German POWs after the prisoners were liberated. You can read about it on my website here. The British POW camp at Bad Nenndorf was particularly brutal; you can read about it here.
In America, there is a law that school children must receive instruction on the Holocaust, but the brutal actions of the Allies in their treatment of the German people is not taught. There is no law against denial of the atrocities committed by the Allies during and after World War II, so there are plenty of deniers of Eisenhower’s death camps.
You can read more eye-witness testimony written by an American guard at one of Eisenhower’s death camps here. Note that this article starts off by mentioning Eisenhower’s nickname in college: “the terrible Swedish Jew.”