By Daniel B. Drooz
Utilizing sixteen own interviews, govt records from Germany and the U.S., this paintings explores the event of yankee POWs who have been held in German focus, dying, and slave labour camps. It presents debts that rfile the presence of yankee POWs in those camps.
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Our job was to load wagons with the slate and then wheel them out and dump them into a tip on the Elster River. That was our workday. We did that for 12-hour shifts. 36 "They had something that they euphemistically called bread. It depended on the size of the loaf how much you got and how many men had to share a single loaf. It had a lot of sawdust in it. It made us sick unless somehow we could toast it and burn out the sawdust. But mostly we got sick. There would be a cup of something else that they called soup.
The Germans went around and asked the senior men in the barracks who are the troublemakers. It was up to the individual in charge of the barrack who was sent to Berga. That is, an American selected the men who were sent to the concentration camp. They did not know exactly what was going to happen to us. But they knew it was not going to be good. "Some men were blackmailing other men for food, saying that if they did not give them food, they would tell the Germans that their victim was Jewish. But 40 once you're in the Jewish barrack there's nothing they could do to you.
It is possible that other prisoners in Buchenwald delayed the execution order to get the allied airmen out alive. 28 Gerald Daub One of he largest groups of Americans to go in to a concentration camp were the American POWs sent to Berga, a Buchenwald sub-camp. Daub noted, as did Swack and Fellman that Americans selected which of their fellow POWs was to be sent to Berga and segregated from the main POW camp. More than 20 percent of the men who went to Berga were to die in the camp and even more perished on the death march as the POWS and their guards fled the advancing Red Army Gerald Daub Berga "I was in the 100th Infantry.