An Investigation into the Mass Deaths of German Prisoners at the Hands of the French and Americans after World War II By James Bacque. Other Losses caused. James Bacque. Other Losses: An Investigation into the Mass Deaths of German Prisoners at the Hands of the French and Americans after World War II. Other Losses has 67 ratings and 8 reviews. Other Losses: An Investigation Into the Mass Deaths of German Prisoners at the Hands of James Bacque.

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Autographed by the author. Private Franz says that the Americans “were really shitty”. Bacque, one understands, wants a villain in the piece.

This extensively-footnoted work bacqe out a frightening scenario for the future. Michael rated it really liked it May 31, Often during my talk with Mr Bacque I reminded him that my memory has deteriorated badly during the 40 odd years since However, that same year Bacque flew to Moscow to examine loswes newly-opened KGB archives, where he found meticulously and exhaustively documented new proof that almost one million German POWs had indeed died in those Western camps.

Displayed are the covers for some of the foreign editions. Bacque was considered bacsue be an mainstream writer posses he began to write about allied war crimes against Germany and the fate of German prisoners of war.

The New Orleans panel noted that Lauben himself twice has since repudiated this. Many of these occurred in othsr initial Rheinwiesenlager transit camps. Joseph rated it it was amazing Mar 14, Marshallwho gave SHAEF bbacque much or more attention to detail than did Eisenhower, would be similarly guilty, perhaps more so under his reasoning, though “Bacque” who cares little for lossws the context, does not even raise the question. Other Losses explains that Eisenhower’s staff must have been implicated, charging “[t]he squalor of the camps came from the moral squalor polluting the higher levels of the army.

Julian rated it really liked it Dec 25, It is not necessary to review here Bacque’s extravagant statistical claims which are the heart of his conspiracy theory. James Bacque is a novelist, book editor, essayist and historian whose work has helped raise awareness in human rights issues associated with war crimes, particularly spurring debate on and research into the treatment of German POW s at the end of World War II. A complicated modern military bureaucracy such as SHAEF, is a tedious subject to study, unlikely to yield the insidious conspiracy apparently sought by this ex-publisher.


While harsh treatment of prisoners occurred, no evidence exists that it was part of an organized systematic effort. In a Time Magazine book review, Ambrose did, however, apart from his criticisms of the book, concede that “We as Americans can’t duck the fact that terrible things happened.

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Certainly, if there had been a holocaust, it could never have been covered up. Maybe some things never need to be known??? This left one with a loss and the other with a gain. This is supported by a US Army document lodged in the US National Archives which “plainly states” that the “Other Losses” category of prisoners was for deaths and escapes. In addition, Overmans states that Bacque’s claim that theto 1, missing prisoners were originally German soldiers that fled from the east into western hands contradicts Soviet POW evidence “well established that we can exclude the idea of an extra million hiding somewhere in the figures.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Other Losses concludes that the food crisis in Europe was contrived by Allied forces by the bacqye of restrictive food import policy, including restrictions on Red Cross food deliveries, and other means. He said, “The silence about this atrocity has pained me for forty-five years and I’m deeply grateful that James Bacque’s ‘Other Losses’ has, at last, names the truth to light.

Regarding prisoners in French custody, historian Rudiger Overmans states that, while the total number of prisoners dying in French custody might have exceeded the official statistic of 21, no evidence exists that it was hundreds of thousands of deaths higher than that figure, as Bacque claims.

Open Preview See a Problem? Bischoff and Ambrose jamed that Other Losses states that of Eisenhower, “he felt ashamed that he bore a German name”, citing Stephen Ambrose and Colonel Ernest Fisher, when what Ambrose said to Fischer was “It is rumored that Ike once said, ‘I’m ashamed my name is Eisenhower,’ but I’ve never seen it, never used it, and don’t believe it.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The book quotes Dr Konrad Adenauer later Chancellor of Germany stating that “The German prisoners have been penned up for weeks without any protection from the weather, without drinking water, without medical care. This is the key point of Bacque’s book. Army reports that Bacque states actually reflects a body count of German prisoners toher died of slow starvation or diseases.


Army employed a number of methods to reduce the number of prisoners officially bacuqe hand. Bischoff stated that, even in Bacque’s later released American edition, “Bacque refuses to address the overwhelming evidence oher there had been a great shortage of food in central Europe, beyond admitting that there was a food crisis in Germany in ” and “but again he turns the evidence on its head when he charges that ‘Allied food policy [no longer does he heap the blame on the Americas alone, as in his Canadian edition] deliberately hampered the Germans in attempting to feed themselves.

Several historians rebutting Bacque have argued that the missing POWs simply went home, that Red Cross food aid was sent to displaced civilians and that German POWs were fed the same rations that the U. Then their American clothes and guns were taken from them, and their treatment as Uames went from honourable to disgraceful.

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The book further states that Eisenhower’s staff was jmes in the scheme. Army warehouses had Canadian novelist, publisher and writer of historic non-fiction. Overmans states that, comporting with the most basic matters of common sense, “if indeedsoldiers had died in the American camps Bacque’s number excluding those who supposedly died in French custody or after dischargewhat became of the bodies?

When the KGB opened its archives in the s,German soldiers and 93, civilians previously recorded as missing were found to be listed in the Bulanov report as dying in the Soviet camps.

And all the while a suppliant press does nothing to uncover the outrage. Historian James Tent concludes that “James Bacque might be willing to relegate the world food shortage to the category of myth. Furthermore, there is no separate column in which deaths were recorded. The book claims that a “Missing Million” prisoners exist in the difference in totals jamed two U.