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"Indisputable evidence of Nazi brutality..."
"...for years, [the Jews] had been beaten, starved and tortured..."


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From: dlu@wobble.uucp (Doug Urner)
Date: 16 Apr 92 01:45:40 GMT

[Dan Gannon] Dwight D. Eisenhower, in his memoir _Crusade in Europe_, also forgot to mention the "gas chambers." Why wasn't the weapon used to murder 6 million Jews worthy of a passing reference? Was our future president being "insensitive" to Jews?

This is what Eisenhower said on pages 408-9 of "Crusade in Europe"

"The same day [April 12, 1945] I saw my first horror camp. It was near the town of Gotha. I have never felt able to describe my emotional reactions when I first came face to face with indisputable evidence of Nazi brutality and ruthless disregard of every shred of decency. Up to that time I had known about it only generally or through secondary sources. I am certain, however that I have never at any other time experienced an equal sense of shock.

"I visited every nook and cranny of the camp because I felt it my duty to be in a position from then on to testify at first hand about these things in case there ever grew up at home the belief or assumption that `the stories of Nazi brutality were just propaganda.' Some members of the visiting party were unable to through the ordeal. I not only did so but as soon as I returned to Patton's headquarters that evening I sent communications to both Washington and London, urging the two governments to send instantly to Germany a random group of newspaper editors and representative groups from the national legislatures. I felt that the evidence should be immediately placed before the American and British publics in a fashion that would leave no room for cynical doubt."

And on page 439

"Of all these [Displaced Persons] the Jews were in the most deplorable condition. For years they had been beaten, starved, and tortured."


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