World War II

The Wehrmacht War Crimes Bureau, 1939-1945 - Final Installment

Published by carolyn on Mon, 2015-11-02 20:58

Nov. 2, 2015

Carolyn reads Chapter 23 "Shipwrecked Survivors" and Chapter 24 "Hospital Ships."

Though it is more difficult to investigate the deaths of shipwrecked sailors and air crews downed in the ocean than it is deaths on land, the War Crimes Bureau found clear evidence of crimes by the British during the attack on the Erich Giese destroyer at Narvik, Norway; the Osia Paraskevi caique in the Aegean Sea; and on paratroopers traveling by caique to western Crete. The shooting of downed German airmen in the Channel during the 1942 Battle of Dieppe, France, and in the Mediterranean in 1944 were also crimes by some British RAF pilots.

The Wehrmacht War Crimes Bureau, 1939-1945 - part 12

Published by carolyn on Mon, 2015-09-28 16:02

September 28, 2015

Carolyn reads chapter 21, "Katyn" and chapter 22, "Vinnitsa."

The mass graves discovered in the Katyn Forest in 1943 are the most widely publicized of the political murders and war crimes committed by the Soviet Union from 1937 to 1945, but are just one of innumerable examples from the bloodthirsty regime of Josef Stalin. In the town of Vinnitsa, 10,000 bodies were exhumed from three major burial sites, but more remained in the ground. Some highlights:

  • At Nuremberg, the Soviet prosecutors tried to indict the Germans for the killing of thousands of Polish officerrs at Katyn, but had to abandon the effort due to the obvious falsity of their case:

  • Details of the U.S. Congressional investigation, which also found the Soviets responsible;
  • Other research, investigations and books exculpated the Germans for the killing of 22,000 Polish military and police officers;
  • In Vinnitsa, the murders of political prisoners held in the NKVD prisons began in 1937-38; rumours of what some had seen taking place were mentioned only in whispers;
  • In 1943, Germans dug up mass graves in three separate locations in Vinnitsa, but had to end the digging when the Soviets reoccupied the area in 1944;
  • International medical committees were formed for both Katyn and Vinnitsa, and found unanimously that the vast murdering took place when the Germans were NOT there, but the Soviets were in control.

Above: One of the mass graves found at Katyn, Even today the establishment tries not to credit the Wehrmacht for discovering and publicizing this horrendous crime against the Poles. Enlarge

Right: close up of tied hands of Polish officer. Enlarge

Below: International expert investigators studying exhumed victims laid out at one site of the Vinnitsa massacre. Enlarge

In Auschwitz open your eyes: new video with English subtitles

Published by carolyn on Wed, 2015-09-23 23:45

Vincent Reynouard produces a brilliant 40 min. video with English sub-titles for students and all people who will be traveling to Auschwitz-Birkenau for the first time. While special teachers "prepare"  high school students by having them first close their eyes and imagine the horror that is described to them in order that they will have an emotional experience and "see" what they are "supposed to see," Reynouard tells them to open their eyes and use their critical judgement about what they see while they are there.

The Big Lie that is behind pre-conditioning impressionable young people to believe that everything they see at Auschwitz-Birkanau has the most beastial and horror-filled meaning is exposed by Reynouard. He promises a Part 2, dealing with the gas chambers, still to come.

Please watch the film, "In Auschwitz, open your eyes and don't listen to the guides" (1) here.

The Wehrmacht War Crimes Bureau, 1939-1945 - part 11

Published by carolyn on Mon, 2015-09-21 12:16

September 21, 2015

Carolyn reads Chapter 20, “Lvov.” The situation found in the prisons of Lvov/Lviv, Ukraine when the Wehrmacht first entered the city on June 30, 1941 was shocking, to say the least. The prisons were filled with thousands of brutally murdered Ukrainians and some Poles - the work of the NKVD, Stalins secret police. In this program:

  • Eyewitness accounts of finding 4,000 decomposing corpses in the prisons of Lvov, and thousands more in Zolochov, Rivne, Dubno and Lutsk;
  • How German air crews were among those murdered in the hospitals and prisons;
  • Why the local populations killed up to 7,000 Jewish residents in reprisal after the Soviets left;
  • How Soviet propaganda tried to blame the killings on the Germans at the Nuremberg Tribunals, and through disinformation campaigns even up until today;
  • Otto Ohlendorf testimony (and here);
  • Two German newsreels are on this page: 2nd and 4th on the top row. 59min

Image below: Weary Ukrainians greet the German Wehrmacht in Western Ukraine in the summer of 1941. Note the women at left in traditional costume carrying flowers. Enlarge Two more photos here (relatives discover victims of NKVD in Lvov on June 30, 1941) and here (murdered ethnic Germans are being identified by their relatives at a Ternopil GPU prison on July 10, 1941)

The Wehrmacht War Crimes Bureau, 1939-1945 - part 10

Published by carolyn on Mon, 2015-09-14 16:27

Sept. 14, 2015

Carolyn reads chapters 17 -“Feodosia”, 18 -“Grischino” and 19 -“Soviet Crimes against Non-Germans.” These chapters give further evidence of the Soviet policy of killing all Germans the Red Army was able to get it's hands on, plus adding sub-human mutilations such as cutting off body parts or killing with shovels and pickaxes. You will be shocked at some of the things you hear in this reading.

  • In Feodosia, 160 severely wounded German soldiers convalescing in hospitals were thrown out the windows and left to freeze to death by Red Army troops;
  • In Grischino (close to current Donetsk, Ukraine), nearly 600 Germans and their allies were murdered, mostly by shooting, plus the women first raped, when the Red Army temporarily reoccupied the town;
  • Spanish, Italian and Crimean soldiers received worse treatment from the Soviets than did the Germans, and thousands of interned Ukrainian and Baltic civilians were shot before the Soviets abandoned the locations. 59min

Image below: A few of the 160 hospitalized German soldiers who were thrown out of 2nd floor windows of hospitals in Feodosia by Red Army soldiers and then down a several meter high wall, where they were left to freeze. Some were carried to the Sea and left in the surf to freeze. The material at the upper left of the picture is iced-over snow. Enlarge (This is the only picture to be easily found from all the accounts in these three chapters. History pages and Google and Yahoo images wipe it all clean; they only want atrocities BY Germans, not against Germans or their allies.)

The Wehrmacht War Crimes Bureau, 1939-1945 - part 9

Published by carolyn on Fri, 2015-09-04 02:10

September 4, 2015

Carolyn reads Chapter 16, "Captured German Soldiers in the Soviet Union."  Stalin and the Red Army had a policy of German genocide and it was evident on the very first day of the war. Main themes:

  • Massacre at Broniki on July 1, 1941 when 180 mostly wounded Germans were stabbed, shot and grenaded to death with never anyone punished for it;
  • Captured reports and orders, leaflets and intercepted radio and wireless messages, plus testimony of Soviet POWs all told of the policy of executing prisoners of war;
  • Seven ways the Soviets justified the killing of prisoners;
  • How the Soviets pretended they were following the Hague Conventions of war;
  • Commissars and/or lower ranking officers were responsible for ordering the killings, but there were numerous reports of a Stalin Order.

War Crimes Bureau members believed that Stalin was responsible for the wide-spread killing of German prisoners of war. 1h3m

Below: Actual photo from the Broniki Massacre. 180 surrendered, wounded Germans were robbed, had their hands tied behind their backs and were stabbed and shot. Twelve survivors  testified to the cruel treatment and carnage. enlarge

The Wehrmacht War Crimes Bureau, 1939-1945 - part 8

Published by carolyn on Mon, 2015-08-10 12:38

August 10, 2015

Carolyn reads chapters 14 and 15.

Chapter 14 is titled "The Western Theater of War" which covers:

  • Crimes by English soldiers against civilians, mainly in Belgium;
  • Crimes against German soldiers in France;
  • The French Resistance.

Chapter 15 is titled "Crete":

  • Violations of International Law  by British Armed Forces and Cretan civilians;
  • Mutilation of German corpses was widespread, which brought on reprisals against civilians;
  • Eyewitness reports by Wehrmacht survivors of British killings of wounded Germans. 1hr11min

Above: Remains of the crew of a Heinkel 111 that landed in Doullens, near Vimy, France in June 1940, amd were lynched by French civilians (and badly beaten too, it appears), but try to find something about it on the Internet. You won't. These photographs are from the Bundesarchiv, published in De Zayas' book. Fortunately, a court-martial was held on June 6, with three perpetrators being sentenced to death. The sentence was carried out on June 29. (Read something about it in chapter 9.) Enlarge

Russia extends its anti-Nazi ban to British-authored history books

Published by carolyn on Thu, 2015-08-06 14:18

From AFP :

Moscow (AFP) - Russian officials have ordered libraries to remove books by well-known British historians John Keegan and Antony Beevor, saying they promote Nazi-era stereotypes, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The move is part of a broader official push in Russia that is seeing school curricula and textbooks reshaped to cut out alleged foreign influences and provide a Kremlin-backed narrative of history.

The regional education ministry in Sverdlovsk, near the Ural Mountains, issued a decree telling school and university libraries to "check the availability of books" by the historians and "take measures to remove them from access by students and teaching staff".

Both Keegan, who died in 2012, and Beevor are reputed military historians with a focus on World War II.


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The Wehrmacht War Crimes Bureau, 1939-1945 - part 7

Published by carolyn on Mon, 2015-08-03 20:49

August 3, 2015

Carolyn reads Chapter 13, titled "Poland." The German War Crimes Bureau was set up on Sept. 4, 1939 in response to the huge increase of reports of attacks against ethnic Germans, mainly from the former German provinces of Posen and West Prussia.

The first judges arrived as early as Sept. 9 and began taking depositions at Bromberg and Hohelsalza. By the end of October, they had six volumes of documents and commentary, each about 500 pages, organized as follows:

  • 1) Polish atrocities in Bromberg, Pless, and Stopnica;
  • 2) Polish atrocities against ethnic Germans and POW's in Poznan;
  • 3-4) Violations of laws of war by the Polish Army; 
  • 5) Massacre of ethnic Germans in Lodz;
  • 6) Polish murders of ethnic Germans (an addendum).

The Bureau's investigations found no evidence of franc tireur or “fifth column” activities among the ethnic Germans, which is what Polish soldiers and civilians were claiming as excuses to rob and kill them. The chapter ends with de Zayas asserting that German SS and SD were committing what he considered to be war crimes against Polish irregular fighters. 52m

Below: Journalists of the major Western press on May 4, 1939 "convince themselves" of the reality of Polish crimes against minority Germans. Standing over the bodies is a German Catholic priest. Enlarge

The Wehrmacht War Crimes Bureau, 1939-1945 - part 6

Published by carolyn on Mon, 2015-07-27 20:06

July 27, 2015

Carolyn reads chapters 11 and 12. Chapter 11 is titled “Investigations of German War Crimes” which discusses Adolf Hitler's “Order Number 1” (which was not a war crime but allows de Zayas to bring up the concentration camps and alleged “extermination of Jews”); alleged war crimes in North Africa; the status of medical personnel; alleged crimes during the Allied invasion of Europe and at Malmedy.

Chapter 12, titled “Wehrmacht Conceptions of Postwar International Law,” covers ideas that were being developed for a more German-friendly Convention of international laws of war. The current laws, they thought, represented British interests. 1h14m

Below: Unidentified prisoners of war (POW's) whom are supposed to be protected by the Geneva Convention.