[Marxism] Army finally admits coverup of Nazi treatmentofUSsoldiers as slaves

Jacob Levich jlevich at earthlink.net
Tue Dec 23 20:08:23 MST 2008


Apparently US officers were complicit in the segregation of the Jewish GIs 
who were sent to Berga. Reason enough for a coverup.

Jake

"Accounts differ of how Jews were concentrated and segregated at Stalag IX-B 
for transport to Berga. In sworn testimony given to the War Crimes Office at 
Fort Dix, N.J., on Sept. 7, 1945, Arthur J. Homer, a private in the 28th 
Infantry Division, said he and other prisoners were given a form to fill out 
in early January 1945 that included ''a questionnaire on religious faith.''
Homer, who was not among the 350 prisoners sent to Berga, went on to say 
that the ranking American officer in the camp at the time suggested that 
there would be ''no harm done if we answered the questionnaire as 
directed.'' Homer continued: ''Soon after these questionnaires had been 
answered and collected by the German camp authorities, prisoners of war who 
had stated they were of the Jewish faith were segregated in barracks No. 32 
in the American compound.''

A short time thereafter, Johann Carl Friedrich Kasten of the 106th Infantry 
Division, the chief ''man of confidence'' or elected leader of the American 
prisoners below officer rank, was told to advise any Jewish prisoner who had 
not indicated his faith on the questionnaire to report to Barracks 32 on 
threat of punishment, Homer testified. Kasten, a proud German American from 
Milwaukee, refused -- and was sent to Berga.

This, however, is only one of several accounts of how the Germans identified 
Jewish prisoners. The prisoners had no calendars, they were often sick and 
they tried to suppress their memories after the war, so it is not surprising 
that their recollections do not always coincide. What is not disputed by 
anyone is that the segregation took place.

Shapiro, for example, recalls no written questionnaire before he was put in 
what became known as the Jewish barracks. Kasten and Littell remember a 
muster in late January of hundreds of prisoners on a parade ground. A German 
commandant stepped up on a platform and said: ''Alle Juden, ein Schritt 
vorwärts'' -- All Jews, one step forward. When nobody moved, Kasten was 
beaten by Nazi officers, who then picked men they thought looked like Jews.

Gerald Daub of the 100th Infantry Division told me that about two weeks 
after his arrival at Stalag IX-B in early January, he was informed by his 
barracks leader that the Germans wanted to separate the Jews from other 
prisoners, but that these efforts should be resisted. At a roll call the 
next morning, none of the Jews identified themselves. Daub's leader, clearly 
under pressure from the Germans, then instructed the Jews in his barracks 
that they would have to turn themselves in. ''I was very uncomfortable with 
that,'' Daub recalled. ''The next morning we did step forward.'' "

See The Lost Soldiers of Stalag IX-B, New York Times Magazine (Feb. 27, 
2005):
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/27/magazine/27PRISON.html 






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