By Daniel B. Drooz
Utilizing sixteen own interviews, govt records from Germany and the U.S., this paintings explores the event of yank POWs who have been held in German focus, dying, and slave labour camps. It offers bills that record the presence of yankee POWs in those camps.
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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...
They conducted themselves with some dignity. They allowed their prisoners some dignity. At Berga, we were not allowed any of that. We were in a concentration camp. "I was in Berga 100 days. I weighed 176 lbs. when I went in. And I weighed 86 lbs. when I was liberated. I had gangrene in my legs or the beginning stages of it, when we were liberated. If the war had lasted another 24 to 48 hours I probably would not be here. "There were just three of us from my company in Berga. One was Jewish like me.
The object was to get the most work for the least amount of food. At Berga, this was to cause us to die. "Inside the mine no one got through a shift without a beating. They would beat us for any reasonD. You just looked at them wrong, or if they were in a bad mood, they would beat you. They killed a lot of guys with those beatings. "What they were doing was drillE, EE some holes and blastO Efl out the slate and the rock. Our job was to load wagons with the slate and then wheel them out and dump them into a tip on the Elster River.