Soldiers AFTER the End of WW II.
Press Release and Reports from the Washington Event
Assembled by Ernst Friedel, November 05, 2011
PRESS RELEASE by THE GERMANY-UNITED STATES-CANADA RECONCILIATION COMMITTEE
On the occasion of the presentation of a formal letter of apology from a
former US Army officer to the German people for the mistreatment of German
prisoners after World War II AND on the occasion of the publication of a
new edition of* Other Losses* by James Bacque about those prisoners of war,
a public meeting was held at 2:00 pm Monday October 31, 2011 in the
Congressional and Monument Rooms of The Courtyard US Capitol Marriott
Hotel, 1325 2d St. NE, Washington DC 20002.
Merrit P Drucker (US army major, retired) has apologized to the German army
for the deaths of German prisoners in US army camps after World War II.
Following extensive private investigations in the US and Germany, Drucker
has sent an e-mail to Lt. Col. Max Klaar (Bundeswehr retired) head of the
Verband deutscher Soldaten (German Veterans' Association) regretting the
lethal conditions in the US camps where according to Col. Ernest F. Fisher
of the US army (retired) some 750,000 Germans died because they were denied
available food and shelter. By order of the American commander, General
Dwight Eisenhower, German civilians were forbidden on pain of being shot to
take food to the prisoners. Drucker has also formed a committee of six
people, in Germany, the UK, Canada and the US to pursue further
investigations and make amends. Drucker has posted on the German veterans'
website a questionnaire asking for details of prisoners' internment which
has already elicited many grateful responses. Many Germans have written to
Merrit Drucker to thank him for taking a heavy weight of grief and guilt
off their minds. Max Klaar was flying over for the occasion to accept the
formal letter of apology from Drucker on October 31st. In addition, Max
Klaar presented a proposal for a peace treaty between the USA and Germany.
It has 14 points.
*Other Losses*, an Investigation into the mass deaths of German Prisoners
of War in the hands of the French and the Americans after World War II by
James Bacque, first published in 1989, became a world-wide best-seller,
published in 13 countries, but has been suppressed in the US for 20 years.
This edition, which contains much new information from the KGB archives in
Moscow, was commissioned by Karl Siegler, the son of a former prisoner in a
US army camp. Col. Dr. Ernest F. Fisher, formerly a senior historian of the
U S Army Center for Military History, who supplied the eloquent foreword to
Other Losses, was also present. In that foreword he wrote, "Starting in
April, 1945 the United States army and the French army casually annihilated
about 1 million men, most of them in American camps." The author spoke and
two short films about postwar Germany were shown.
For further information contact [email protected] or James Bacque at 705
549 8148 or Merrit P. Drucker at 202 722 6716. Please contact Talonbooks
See also http://www.jamesbacque.com and http://www.talonbooks.com and the Verband
deutscher Soldaten http://www.verband-deutscher-soldaten.de
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