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Eisenhower and the German POWs; Facts against Falsehood

Eisenhower and the German POWs; Facts against Falsehood

by Gunter Bischof (Editor), Stephen E. Ambrose (Editor)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a 1989 study entitled Other Losses , novelist James Bacque contended that Gen. Eisenhower, commander of the American occupation forces in Germany, starved to death a million German prisoners of war in 1945 as an act of revenge. In 1990 the Eisenhower Center at the University of New Orleans invited historians to a conference to examine these charges; this volume contains essays by eight who attended, including Ambrose and Bischof (the Center's director and associate director, respectively). The conferees concluded that there was widespread mistreatment of German prisoners by Allies in 1945, but that it was not the result of a directive from Eisenhower, although he had expressed his hatred of the Germans throughout the war. The texts published here effectively refute Bacque's arguments and dismiss his book as the work of a sloppy amateur who wrenched material out of context and misquoted eyewitnesses. Illustrations. ( Nov. )
Published in 1989, James Bacque's Other Losses: An Investigation into the Mass Deaths of German Prisoners of War at the Hands of the French and Americans After World War II asserts that Eisenhower deliberately starved to death German prisoners of war in staggering numbers. These papers presented at a symposium held November 1990, at the U. of New Orleans, punch holes in Bacque's research and offer a detailed examination of European conditions immediately after the cessation of hostilities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Louisiana State University Press
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Eisenhower Center Studies on War and Peace
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6.31(w) x 9.31(h) x 1.03(d)

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