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December 12, 2015

Heart-warming story of an American GI who saved Jews during World war II

American soldier who saved Jews during World War II

Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds  saved Jews during World War II

You can read the heart-warming story of an American soldier who saved Jews in World war II at http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-honors-us-gi-who-told-the-nazis-we-are-all-jews/

The following quote is from the news story:

The Nazi soldiers made their orders very clear: Jewish American prisoners of war were to be separated from their fellow brothers in arms and sent to an uncertain fate.

[Master Sgt. Roddie] Edmonds was captured with thousands of others in the Battle of the Bulge in late 1944 and spent 100 days in captivity. His son vaguely knew about his father’s past from a pair of diaries Edmonds kept in captivity that included the names and addresses of his men and some of his daily thoughts.

But it was only while scouring the Internet a few years ago that he began to unravel the true drama that had unfolded — oddly enough, when he read a newspaper article about Richard Nixon’s post-presidency search for a New York home. As it happened, Nixon purchased his exclusive upper East Side town house from Lester Tanner, a prominent New York lawyer who mentioned in passing how Edmonds had saved him and dozens of other Jews during the war.

That sparked a search for Tanner, who along with another Jewish POW, Paul Stern, told the younger Edmonds what they witnessed on Jan. 27, 1945, at the Stalag IXA POW camp near Ziegenhain, Germany.

The Wehrmacht had a strict anti-Jew policy and segregated Jewish POWs from non-Jews. On the eastern front, captured Jewish soldiers in the Russian army had been sent to extermination camps.

[…]

Then the Nazi officer pressed his pistol to Edmonds head and offered him one last chance. Edmonds merely gave him his name, rank and serial number as required by the Geneva Conventions.

“And then my dad said: ‘If you are going to shoot, you are going to have to shoot all of us because we know who you are and you’ll be tried for war crimes when we win this war,‘” recalled Chris Edmonds, who estimates his father’s actions saved the lives of more than 200 Jewish-American soldiers.

Note that these were American soldiers who had been captured during the Battle of the Bulge. Edmonds knew that there would be war crimes trials for the Germans.  How could Edmonds have known about the ex-post-facto laws, that would be passed by the Americans, before these laws were even passed?

Young people, who might be reading this, might not know the importance of the Battle of the Bulge, so I am going off on a tangent to educate them.

The Battle of the Bulge was no ordinary battle; it was one of the biggest land battles of World War II and resulted in the highest number of American casualties.

It was a surprise attack by the Germans through the Ardennes Forest, Hitler’s last desperate attempt to split the Allied armies and reverse the course of the war. There had long been rumors that Hitler was secretly developing a “miracle weapon,” and it was at the Battle of the Bulge that the jet airplane was first used by the Germans.

The area in Belgium where the battle was fought had been the scene of similar battles in 1870, 1914 and 1940. This was Hitler’s last stand, the last counteroffensive of the German army, and the Germans knew that if this battle were lost, the war would most likely be lost. The battle was very intense with the Germans putting everything they had into it.

As John Toland wrote, regarding the gallant battle fought by the Germans at the Battle of the Bulge: “Boys of fourteen and fifteen died, rifles frozen to their hands; men in their fifties were found in cellars, feet black with putrefaction.”

The enlisted men among the Malmedy Massacre accused averaged less than 22 years in age. There were only 30 men who were original members of the Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler, including Lt. Col. Peiper and General Sepp Dietrich. Many of the accused SS soldiers were baby-faced, uneducated 17 and 18-year-olds with little combat experience, but a few others were some of the toughest and most battle-hardened men in the German armed forces, who had been in combat for six years. They had fought some fierce battles on the Eastern front and seen unbelievable atrocities committed by our Russian allies, including mutilated bodies on the battlefield, sodomy on German POWs and cannibalism in which parts of the bodies of German POWs had been sliced off and eaten.

Hitler was counting on Dietrich’s Sixth Panzer Army, whose soldiers had fought heroically against the Soviet Communists on the Eastern front, to save the Fatherland from the “Judeo-Bolsheviks” by winning this crucial battle in Belgium.

Dietrich assigned Lt. Col. Jochen Peiper the great honor of leading the battle group which would spearhead the attack. Peiper was a veteran of the greatest tank battle of all time, fought between the German Tiger tanks and the Russian T-34 tanks at Kursk in July 1943.

Such was Peiper’s reputation as a panzer ace that his defense attorney made the suggestion that he should be brought to America as a consultant in America’s Cold War with the Soviet Union. In fact, General Heinz Guderian, Germany’s leading expert in armored strategy, had been brought to Ft. Knox after the war to advise the American Army on tank warfare. Peiper and his men had already been interviewed extensively in prison by US Army tactical experts.

In the first few days of the battle, there was mass confusion caused by a team of 28 Germans dressed in American uniforms, led by the famous commando Otto Skorzeny. Riding in stolen American jeeps, they created havoc by directing American troops down the wrong road, changing signposts and cutting telephone wires to General Bradley’s field headquarters. Four of the team were captured and when they confessed their mission, the American army immediately broadcast the news that there were thousands of Germans operating behind enemy lines. Skorzeny and his men were later brought before the American military tribunal at Dachau in another proceeding.

The news story should most certainly have mentioned what happened at the Battle of the Bulge, but the story is only about the Jews. In this day and age, it is all about the Jews.  No one else counts.

 

 

11 Comments »

  1. Why doesn’t anybody ever mention Max Schmelling and the Jew children he saved. Guess that would contradict the myth that all Krauts hated Jews

    Comment by Tim — March 7, 2016 @ 7:03 am

  2. Some articles are about the Battle of the Bulge. Some are not, even if they relate to it in some way. Your article is about the Battle of the Bulge – at least until you complain randomly that another article about acts that had some relation to the Battle of the Bulge should have mentioned it more. Good grief.

    (Also, do you really think that the phrase “war crimes” was not used at times even if official laws were not yet finalized, or that a smart, quick thinking sergeant couldn’t have thought of this as a threat? Why would this not be possible even if the laws hadn’t been officially passed yet?)

    Comment by Halli — December 15, 2015 @ 10:03 pm

  3. The US troops taken prisoner by the Germans during the period 1941 to 1945 were treated according to the Geneva Convention of 1929. The Germans NEVER separated Jews from Christians among the US troops. This story is a Holocaust fairy tale I am afraid.

    Comment by peter — December 12, 2015 @ 5:44 pm

  4. One point of correction, Peiper was in no way shape or form a “panzer ace”. Peiper was an infantryman who certainly led from the front and made great use of armored infantry in the bold and reckless Leibstandarte way. His leadership abilities and personal courage are beyond question; his skill set as a panzer leader, which happened only late in 1944, is open to much interpretation.

    He was an SPW (armored personnel carrier) infantry battalion commander at Kursk…

    Comment by Schlageter — December 12, 2015 @ 2:59 pm

  5. Oh please! Cry me a river! If the Germans were so against the Jews why were there 150,000 Jews in the German military?
    Another feel sad story about the Jews based on no facts. WW2 was all about the Jews I guess……NOT!
    I guess there is no shame in what stories they throw upon us thinking that we are going to believe them.
    This is a good as the Jews were made into soap, lampshades, wallets, bookshelves or whatever else they thought would make the headlines.
    Do you realy think that we Goy are that stupid? Apparently many are.

    Jim Rizoli
    CCFIILE.COM

    Comment by jrizoli — December 12, 2015 @ 11:16 am

    • To Jim Rizoli:
      I finished the book you wanted me to read.
      Mr. Rizoli, please do me the courtesy of not suggesting any more reading material. Because of you I’ve now read some 600 pages of drivel. The latest book about Auschwitz is simply the origin of later books written by deniers who have built upon it’s nauseating innuendos of evidence tampering and linguistic tap dancing.
      I’m no longer willing to humor you in regards to finding out the “truth.” While the latest book was better written it still tossed up the same old garbage that I recognized from later books from other deniers who seem stuck in the same old rut. I’ll give the author some credit for being one of the earlier purveyors of this garbage.
      The sad thing is that someone who has no knowledge of history regarding this time period will probably be impressed by this garbage.
      Sincerely,
      HCW

      Comment by HADT — December 12, 2015 @ 1:08 pm

      • HCW….

        I’m done with you….

        Jim Rizoli

        Comment by jrizoli — December 12, 2015 @ 1:34 pm

        • If that means you are no longer going to suggest books for me to read I’m OK with that.
          Incidentally I now go by HADT. It means “Hug A Denier Today,” I came up with that after eah took the time out the day to educate me on the persecution that deniers now suffer.
          Don’t you go stealing my idea, now. I’m considering a trademark.

          Comment by HADT — December 12, 2015 @ 4:02 pm

  6. The London Declaration, according to whose terms the Nuremberg and other tribunals were conducted, were produced and announced in August 1944, in plenty of time for participants (on both sides of) the Battle of the Bulge to know about them. They were, of course, ex post facto, in that they applied to acts committed/performed long before the Declaration’s announcement. In fact, one reason it had little deterrent effect on prospective committers of “war crimes” was that people who might be tempted to commit war crimes AFTER the Declaration’s announcement were ALREADY guilty under its terms on the score of things they did (or were alleged to have done) prior to the Declaration’s announcement. Another reason is that they were announced (with no basis for jurisdiction) after Germany was already being invaded, and was fighting for its life.

    Comment by Jett Rucker — December 12, 2015 @ 10:36 am

    • Is the London Declaration the same as the London Charter? I wrote about the London Charter on this page of my website:
      http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/DachauTrials/Introduction.html

      This quote is from that page:

      On August 8, 1945, the Allies signed the London Charter which gave each of the four great powers (Great Britain, France, the Soviet Union and the USA) jurisdiction over the camp personnel in the concentration camps located in their respective zones of occupation. The London Charter was also the basis for the International Military Tribunal to try the major German war criminals at Nuremberg.

      Comment by furtherglory — December 12, 2015 @ 10:48 am

      • furtherglory wrote: “Edmonds knew that there would be war crimes trials for the Germans. How could Edmonds have known about the ex-post-facto laws, that would be passed by the Americans, before these laws were even passed?”

        Because the Allies often inserted a promise of retribution, theatrically stating that the Nazis would have to atone for their crimes after victory, in their wartime public declarations. Allied leaders had learned the lessons of WW1, and they were eager not to let their so precious ‘Good War Myth’ atrocity propaganda go to waste after that war, unlike what had happened after the previous world war. War crime mock trials could be foreseen years before the end of WW2. Some Zionists – including Maurice Perlzweig and wolfie’s good friend Nahum Goldmann – even boasted of being the originators of the idea of war crime trials after Allied victory. Goldmann wrote in his memoir that the Nuremberg Tribunal was the brain-child of World Jewish Congress (WJC) officials.

        Comment by hermie — December 13, 2015 @ 5:59 pm


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