By Daniel B. Drooz
Utilizing sixteen own interviews, govt records from Germany and the united states, this paintings explores the adventure of yankee POWs who have been held in German focus, demise, and slave labour camps. It offers bills that rfile the presence of yankee POWs in those camps.
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Many were scheduled to die to silence their witness. Sometimes they were saved because their camps were liberated before the execution orders could be carried out. Occasionally, the camp commander simply ignored the order to kill them, and on occasion, the other prisoners in the camp saved the American POWs by hiding them or exchanging their identities with those of men who died in the camp clinic. The German's had an unrecognized ally that silenced the American POWs for many years. It was the US government (Fellman and Swack interviews).
They checked us out one by one and separated the men from the officers. They took my Captain away on a stretcher. They took our boots away so we couldn't run. It was January sixth and there was a lot of snow and ice. We walked for a day. There was no food. We ate snow for water. We eventually ended up in boxcars and when they opened them up again, we were at Bad Orb, Stalag IX-B. The conditions there were really awful. "Stalag IX-B may have held 40,000 prisoners of all nationalities. We were separated.
The Germans marched us off to a separate wooden barrack. It was a better place than we had been in. We got to sleep on shelves of bunks three high. There was barbed wire between us and the rest of the camp. But we talked through it. We were getting the same food as the others. Unfortunately, about two or three weeks later it was announced that the Germans were opening a new camp for Americans only. They needed 352 men to open up the new camp. They would take two barracks and any troublemakers.