Today’s entry was inspired by Dean Irebodd’s documentary, Buchenwald—A Dumb Dumb Portrayal Of Evil. If you have an extra two and a half hours to spare you should use them to watch Irebodd’s informative and entertaining video. If you only have several minutes you can read this post and I’m sure that you’ll be champing at the bit the watch the documentary by the end.
Along with the the accusations of murdering Jews in homicidal gas chambers the Nazis were also accused of purposely starving and overworking the Jews inside the camps. Images like the are common.
And articles like this are written.
But what was the real cause of starvation in the camps and were the inmates starving the entire time?
First of all this photo that Wikipedia decided to showcase for the Holocaust shows a group of well fed children. A photo that goes against both the ‘they were starving them’ and ‘they murdered those who could not work’ claims.
What also goes against the ‘they were starving them’ claim can be found in a Holocaust affirming book called The Buchenwald Report, by David A. Hackett. In a report from a former inmate that lists the rations allowed to the inmates it is admitted that camp food rations were about equal to the civilian population and had remained constant until February 1945, which was just two months before the end of the war.
Besides the flood of soldiers returning from the east as mentioned above there were other factors that lead to a food shortage at the end of the war. For example, in Germany the infrastructure was collapsing because of the war. More importantly, however, there were factors involved that the Allies would rather not be brought up. Namely the Allied food blockage and Allied bombing of supply trains.
In another Holocaust affirming book, After Daybreak, Ben Shephard, gives us some insight into the Allied role in causing the starvation, suffering and death of millions:
Yes you read that right. Half a million Greeks died of starvation due to the Allied food blockade of Germany. But that’s not all, if you’ll allow me to digress let’s take a look at this passage:
Yes, the British were responsible for the Bengal famine in which 2.1 to 3.8 million Bengalis perished. Yet we’re supposed to believe that the Allied governments were the good guys.
Ohrdruf concentration camp was the first camp liberated by the American army. Eisenhower made a big show of how disgusted he was with the conditions. Conditions that he and the Allied governments helped to create. From Eisenhower’s book, Crusade in Europe:
What’s interesting to note is that this book of Eisenhower’s wartime memoirs contains no mentions of gas chambers or reference to a Jewish genocide. You may speculate on your own why that is the case.
So there you have it. Allied total war tactics were the cause of much suffering and death, suffering and death that they pinned on the Germans. It’s almost like the Allies needed a great big enemy atrocity to distract from their own war crimes.