Death marches? U.S. requested that Germany evacuate Auschwitz Jews back to the Reich
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The “Death Marches” that Saved Lives
I see some telegrams in the above stating that the allies saw no evidence of nazis exterminating Jews, but is there any actual proof that the Allies actually requested the Germans to evacuate the Jews?
Also, how exactly do you usually respond to someone when they bring up the so-called "death marches"? Did they have any choice, really?
Germar Rudolf in Lectures on the Holocaust seems to suggest it is a result of the allied bombing campaigns. Was life for regular Germans any better, at these final months of the war?
http://holocausthandbooks.com/index.php?page_id=15R: Neither the soldiers in the field nor the inhabitants of the cities could even get the bare necessities to sustain their lives: food, clothing, medicines, even drinking water became scarce. In addition to that, millions of east Germans fled towards the west at the beginning of 1945, clogging many traffic routes, and many other Germans fled the large cities. During those months, more than two million Germans died, particularly in east Germany (East and West Prussia, Silesia, East Pomerania, East Brandenburg) through the excesses of the Red Army.
L: Under these circumstances, how did the inmates of the various camps and prisons fare?
R: Certainly they were still worse off than all others. The effect of this Allied policy of total warfare can be seen from the statement by Josef Kramer, who commanded the Bergen-Belsen camp during the final months of the war. While interrogated by the British, he stated (Connolly 1953, pp. 109ff.; cf. Weber1995):
“The camp was not really inefficient before you [British and American forces] crossed the Rhine. There was running water, regular meals of a kind [...]. But then they suddenly began to send me trainloads of new prisoners from all over Germany. It was impossible to cope with them.
Then as a last straw the Allies bombed the electric plant that pumped our water. Loads of food were unable to reach the camp because of the Allied fighters. Then things really got out of hand. [...]I did not even have sufficient staff to bury the dead, let alone segregate the sick. [...] I tried to get medicines and food for the prisoners and I failed. I was swamped."
R: At that time Germany was like an enormous heap of corpses. Humans died by the thou-sands like fliesevery day and everywhere,and the camp inmates held the worstcards during this human catastrophe–especially if they had been deported from east to west. Like millions of civilian Germans, the inmates also went on a “forced journey,” as former German federal president Richard von Weizsäcker called it. Today these deportations are also called death marches, and that they certainly were, because at that time death marched on all German roads.
At the beginning of 1945 the remaining camps were not able to supply the prisoners with the basic necessities: food, clothing, sleeping places. There was hardly any medicine available, and when in this chaos typhus and dysentery epidemics broke out, thousands died within a few weeks. There also was no fuel to cremate that many corpses.