Newsgroups: alt.revisionism Subject: Gerhard Weinberg on Bacque's "Other Losses" Archive/File: people/b/bacque.james bacque.003 Last-Modified: 1994/07/01 In the July 7, 1991 issue of the Washington Post Book World, on page 4, Gerhard L. Weinberg, William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and author of numerous books and articles on World War II reviewed the second edition of Bacque's "Other Losses." Here are some excerpts from the review: "If the book is unconvincing, it is because it so obviously flies in the face of reality. The decision to treat German prisoners as a new category originated with the British, not the Americans, out of a concern over the anticipated desperate need to feed millions of refugees, displaced persons, and hungry civilians in a Europe wracked by almost six years of war. Although the new epilogue does refer to 'the widespread food shortages of 1946,' in the original text these shortages had miraculously vanished. The disruption of Europe's economy, with whose results Eisenhower had to cope, can hardly be blamed on him. "When he repeatedly pleaded for more food shipments to cope with the terrible food situation in the Europe of the spring and summer of 1945, Eisenhower faced two further, related problems of which Bacque appears unaware. There still was a war going on, and much shipping was engaged in the redeployment of forces to the Pacific theatre.... Shipping in turn had been reduced by the German effort to starve out Britain; the ships sunk earlier did not rise back to the surface after V-E day to carry food from the United States and Canada to those who had sent them to the bottom. "Bacque's statistical extrapolations raise several questions the book makes no effort to answer. Where are the hundreds of thousands of bodies and why have they not turned up...? Why have the relatives of the missing millions not applied for and received the death certificates that are so essential for German families for purposes of inheritance, pension, remarriage, etc.?" Weinberg does not deny that there was suffering on the part of German POWs, and episodes of brutality on the part of their captors. However, his conclusion on Bacque is: "When researchers after the original appearance of Bacque's book found that he had put words in the mouth of an elderly key witness who has since repudiated his testimony, Bacque in the new epilogue denounces them. When they pointed to a 1945 report that showed the bulk of the "other losses" were members of the *Volksturm* or people's militia - schoolboys and the elderly - who had been released without formal discharges, he declares in his new Appendix 11 that this was a bit of fakery concocted by Eisenhower to conceal the deaths. As a true believer in his own fables, Bacque cannot be convinced by evidence."
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