Archive/File: holocaust/reviews bard.001 Last-Modified: 1994/09/27 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam L. Schwartz) Newsgroups: talk.politics.mideast,soc.culture.jewish Subject: Book Review: The Abandonment of Americans in Hitler's Camps Date: 25 Sep 1994 03:01:30 GMT Organization: University of California, Berkeley Message-ID: <email@example.com> Exerpts from: THE ABANDONMENT OF AMERICANS IN HITLER'S CAMPS Mitchell Bard (Westview Press) Book Review, by John Rothman Bard's work discusses the tragedy of U.S. citizens who perished in the death camps of Nazi Europe. Who were these people? Their ranks included those trapped in Europe as the Second World War broke out, as well as soldiers in the Army who became prisoners of war, and American Jewish soldiers identified by the letter "H", for Hebrew, on their military dog tags. Most shocking of all, however, was that these American citizens were abandoned by their government. According to Bard, it was common knowledge that more than 30,000 were there during the war. It also was known that American Jews in Hungary were being mistreated, and there were U.S. Jews at Bergen-Belsen as well as in the Warsaw Ghetto. One American Jewish citizen, Bard writes, was even paraded through Frankfurt with a sign reading: "I am a member of the race which started the war." According to his research, the U.S. government refused to check the records of passports to find Americans trapped in Europe and was inflexible in verifying citizenship claims. In some instances, U.S. authoriites expected Americans in concentration camps to have proof of citizenship, even though officials refused to send documents to help them establish it. In particular, the fate of Jews who served in the U.S. military and were captured by the Germans is told in graphic detail. The trauma of soldiers being exposed as Jews because of the letter "H" imprinted on their military dog tags is presented dramatically. -- Adam Schwartz | The opinions expressed here are my own firstname.lastname@example.org | and those of anyone who agrees with me.
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