Eisenhower’s Death Camps — Rhine Meadow camps

German Prisoners of War
The mere mention of German suffering in World War II is regarded by many as implicit German war crimes denial. This one is not. The treatment of Prisoners of War by Soviet Union and Third Reich is well known, but the war crimes committed by the Western Allies are hardly spoken of. U.S. Colonel Ernest F. Fisher, 101st Airborne Division, who in 1945 took part in investigations into allegations of misconduct by U.S. troops in Germany and later became a Senior Historian with the United States Army alleges that U.S. General Dwight Eisenhower intentionally caused the deaths by starvation or exposure of German Prisoners of War held in Western internment camps after World War II. Hundreds of thousands of German prisoners were designated as "Disarmed Enemy Forces" in order to avoid recognition under the third Geneva Convention, for the purpose of carrying out their deaths through disease or slow starvation. Image: Two high ranking German officers being transported by soldiers of the US 4th Armored Division in a Ford GPW jeep, pass by a 37th Armored Battalion M5 Stuart tank during the surrender of Hersfeld in Germany on March 31 1945. Source: US Army Signals Corps. Fair use.
Die Rheinwiesenlager 1945
The standards set by the Geneva Convention were, in most cases, totally ignored by the Americans and French in relation to their treatment of German Prisoners of War. The camps were simply open fields surrounded by concertina wire. The worst U.S. temporary enclosures (April – July 1945) were the 16 Rheinwiesenlager (Rhine Meadow camps). Those were situated at Bad Kreuznach, Bretzenheim, Büderich, Heidesheim, Remagen-Sinzig, Rheinberg and Wickrathberg. The German POWs were denied enough food and water and had to sleep in holes which they dug with their bare hands. In the Bad Kreuznach cage alone, 557,000 men were interned in an area that could only comfortably hold 45,000 and the camps soon became huge latrines. Prisoners died in their thousands through deliberate starvation, disease and exposure. The task of guarding these prisoners, numbering around 920,000, fell to the men of U.S. 106th Infantry Division. Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and Religion Martin Brech (Former U.S. Prison Guard at a POW camp near Andernach) wrote: Quickly they grew emaciated. Dysentery raged, and soon they were sleeping in their own excrement, too weak and crowded to reach the slit trenches. Many were begging for food, sickening and dying before our eyes. We had ample food and supplies, but did nothing to help them, including no medical assistance. Quoted from The Journal of Historical ReviewImage: The Rhine meadow camps. Public domain.

3 comments:

  1. Emeritus of History and Senior Scholar10/12/12

    I just want to express my gratitude for all the information available here. There is a lot of inaccurate information out there! I am sure this compilation will be of great use to serious researchers and historians.

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  2. MacDonogh17/8/13

    Dwight Eisenhower was a war criminal of epic proportions.

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  3. The Greatest Generation21/5/18

    Orders of Eisenhower: Prison enclosures are to provide no shelter or other comforts and from March 10, 1945, he downgraded German Prisoners of War to Disarmed Enemy Forces. Inspections by the Swiss Red Cross were not allowed and civil population bringing food to starving German soldiers are rejected or shot and killed. The U.S. administration was continuing the starvation and mass murder in remaining Germany after the ending of the war, targeting both civilians and prisoners of war.

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