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June 20, 2005

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Kuch

David
Very interesting post. I would wonder though, how did Ramcke have access to the several senate speeches that he references in his letter? Also, do (or did) un-uniformed civilians have Geneva Convention protections? I'm not sure if deprivation of tobacco and sporting activities constitutes abuse.

David

Kuch - Ramcke obviously had an excellent command of English and was likely given access to American newspapers, which would have printed speeches from members of congress. Ramcke was also familiar with the Morgenthau Plan, which advocated rations of no more than 1,000 calories per day for the German population (the body needs 1,500 a day to survive). It would appear that for a time elements of the Morgenthau Plans were implemented for German detainees in US camps. It would be useful to know what the orders were (between May1945 - October 1945) and who in the chain of command issued them.
-David

Kuch

David
I saw this webpage last weekend, and remembered your post. Thought you might find it interesting. I found the interviews with the former POW's very interesting. Many made reference to the reduction of food portions near the end of their stay, but most describe fair treatment overall.

Kuch

David
I saw this webpage last weekend, and remembered your post. Thought you might find it interesting. I found the interviews with the former POW's very interesting. Many made reference to the reduction of food portions near the end of their stay, but most describe fair treatment overall. http://www.pwcamp.algona.org/

Kuch

David
I saw this webpage last weekend, and remembered your post. Thought you might find it interesting. I found the interviews with the former POW's very interesting. Many made reference to the reduction of food portions near the end of their stay, but most describe fair treatment overall. http://www.pwcamp.algona.org/

Aaron Carine

I'm afraid Sullivan is wrong about how humane American soldiers were to the Japanese. Japanese prisoners and wounded were killed and a number of Japanese in lifeboats were machine-gunned. Among other sources,check out John Dower's War Without Mercy.

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