http://blog.washingtonpost.com/benchcon ... st_63.html
Amidst a market heavily saturated with books on World War II, After the Reich focuses on a lesser-known period of that conflict and suggests lessons that are particularly relevant to our time. For example, did you know that American soldiers after the war used brutal interrogation methods against German "officials suspected of war crimes"? As Patricia Meehan describes in a fantastic review in the current edition of the New York Review of Books, the Americans carried out "mock executions, where the men were led off in hoods, while their guards told them they were approaching the gallows. Prisoners were actually lifted bodily off the ground to convince them they were about to swing. More conventional methods of torture included kicks to the groin, deprivation of sleep and food, and savage beatings."
Yes, in fact we knew that. We, meaning revisionists of course. It is probably news to Mr. Cohen's readers.
The groin kicks, sleep deprivation, torture etc. was written about extensively in Arthur Butz' The Hoax of the Twentieth Century, a book which was published in 1976, thirty-one years ago. For example, on page 40 we read:
The entire repertoire of third degree methods was enacted at Dachau: beatings and brutal kicking, to the point of ruining testicles in 137 cases, knocking out teeth, starvation, solitary confinement, torture with burning splinters, and impersonation of priests in order to encourage prisoners to “confess.” Low rank prisoners were assured that convictions were being sought only against higher ranking officers and that they had absolutely nothing to lose by cooperating and making the desired statements. Such “evidence” was then used against them when they
joined their superiors in the dock. The latter, on the other hand, had been told that by “confessing” they had taken all responsibility onto themselves, thereby shielding their men from trial. A favorite stratagem, when a prisoner refused to cooperate, was to arrange a mock trial. The prisoner was led into a room in which civilian investigators, dressed in U.S. Army uniforms, were seated around a black table with a crucifix in the center, with two candles providing the only light. This “court” then proceeded to hold a sham trial, at the conclusion of which a sham
death sentence was passed. The “condemned” prisoner was later promised that, if he cooperated with the prosecutors in giving evidence, he would be reprieved. Sometimes interrogators threatened to turn prisoners over to the Russians. In many cases the prisoner’s family was threatened with loss of ration cards or other hardships if cooperation was not obtained.
Next Cohen writes:
Did you know that tens of thousands of German prisoners died in Allied hands in the last few months of the European war? Did you know that thousands of men were swept up into "civilian internment camps" because they were considered "persons dangerous to the Occupation or its objectives"? Did you know that the British ordered German soldiers to engage in forced labor while living in atrocious conditions? These facts do not negate the Nazi regime and its horrors. But they shed a harsh light on the gleam of Allied success.
The problems of course is that there is a complete lack of evidence for most of those horrors, such as the Auschwitz horrors of millions of gassed Jews. In fact, the main evidence for the Auschwitz gas chamber mass murders presented at IMT Nuremberg was the confession of Rudolf Hoss - and Hoss was among those tortured officials "suspected of war crimes" which Cohen just mentioned!
The basic facts about Allied behavior towards the vanquished Germans have been known for decades. It is however good to see that they are coming to mainstream attention. It may cause some people to start thinking about the link between tortured war crimes suspects and the Holocaust allegations.