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