By Daniel B. Drooz
Utilizing sixteen own interviews, executive files from Germany and the united states, this paintings explores the event of yankee POWs who have been held in German focus, dying, and slave labour camps. It offers debts that record the presence of yank POWs in those camps.
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General Bradley told our division commander to get the 422nd and 423rd regiments off the salient where we were. We were very vulnerable. Our division commander said, 'They're all right. ' "We weren't even in communication with the CP. Eventually we withdrew. My unit was fighting the rearguard action. But they didn't tell us that we were the rearguard. The last order we received was hold at all cost. Don't retreat beyond the river. I asked my sergeant, where's this river? ' We held on for about a week.
They took our boots away so we couldn't run. It was January sixth and there was a lot of snow and ice. We walked for a day. There was no food. We ate snow for water. We eventually ended up in boxcars and when they opened them up again, we were at Bad Orb, Stalag IX-B. The conditions there were really awful. "Stalag IX-B may have held 40,000 prisoners of all nationalities. We were separated. There were political prisoners and Jewish prisoners and POWs from every country. There may have been 10,000 Americans in Bad Orb.
At Berga we hauled mine slag. The Guards were all SS. They were brutal. The guards were from Aachen. They were bitter. " Like they never thought of it. They were killing people all over the world and when they had to take it, they couldn't. "When we came back, the army did not want negative publicity about Germany. We had to sign a pledge not to talk about what happened to us. They were bringing in German scientists. The US Government's attitude towards Germany was strange. America paid for so much of the rebuilding of Germany that Churchill said; 'the Americans forget who was their enemy and who were their friends...
American Prisoners of War in German Death, Concentration, and Slave Labor Camps: Germany's Lethal Policy in the Second World War by Daniel B. Drooz