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Early life[ edit ] Bacque was educated at Upper Canada College in Toronto and then the University of Toronto , where he studied history and philosophy graduating in with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Fiction writing[ edit ] Bacque was a mainstream fiction writer and essayist before turning his attention, in , to the fate of German soldiers held as POWs by the Allies after World War II. Bacque had just completed a comic drama for the stage entitled Conrad, about a media mogul in prison, which was scheduled for production on 2 October at the George Ignatieff Theatre in Toronto.

In similar French camps some , more are said to have perished. The International Committee of the Red Cross was refused entry to the camps, Switzerland was deprived of its status as " protecting power " and POWs were reclassified as " Disarmed Enemy Forces " to circumvent recognition under the Geneva Convention. Bacque argued that this alleged mass murder was a direct result of the policies of the western Allies, who, with the Soviets, ruled as the Military Occupation Government over partitioned Germany from May until He laid the blame on Gen.

Dwight D. Eisenhower, saying Germans were kept on starvation rations even though there was enough food in the world to avert the lethal shortage in Germany in — Writing in the Canadian Historical Review , David Stafford called the book "a classic example of a worthwhile investigation marred by polemic and overstatement.

Rummell , a scholar of 20th-century atrocities, has written that "Bacque misread, misinterpreted, or ignored the relevant documents and that his mortality statistics are simply impossible. MacKenzie states, "That German prisoners were treated very badly in the months immediately after the war […] is beyond dispute.

When those millions of Wehrmacht soldiers came into captivity at the end of the war, many of them were deliberately and brutally mistreated. There is no denying this.

There are men in this audience who were victims of this mistreatment. It is a story that has been kept quiet. It is seriously—nay, spectacularly—flawed in its most fundamental aspects.

Bacque is wrong on every major charge and nearly all his minor ones. Eisenhower was not a Hitler, he did not run death camps, German prisoners did not die by the hundreds of thousands, there was a severe food shortage in , [5] there was nothing sinister or secret about the "disarmed enemy forces" designation or about the column "other losses. And they happened at the end of a war we fought for decency and freedom, and they are not excusable.

Even if two-thirds of the statistical discrepancies exposed by Bacque could be accounted for by the chaos of the situation, there would still be a case to answer. Fisher, st Airborne Division , who in took part in investigations into allegations of misconduct by U.

The ground beneath them soon became a quagmire of filth and disease. Open to the weather, lacking even primitive sanitary facilities, underfed, the prisoners soon began dying of starvation and disease.

Starting in April , the United States Army and the French Army casually annihilated about one million men, most of them in American camps. The book also details the charity work conducted by the Allies, primarily Canada and the United States, crediting it with saving or improving the lives of up to million people around the world in the post war period.

This was the largest relief program ever organized, and expressed the ideals of many of the allied combatants. Crimes and Mercies met with far less hostility from historians, who acknowledge the deaths of hundreds of thousands or more than one million of German soldiers and civilians working in Soviet captivity , and possibly two million who died in the Flight and expulsion of Germans — First paperback edition published under the title: Big Lonely Toronto: new press, Second paperback edition, in the New Canadian Library series; foreword by D.

Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, A Man of Talent Toronto, new press, Short stories. A novel of World War II. Toronto: new press, Litteljohn, Bruce M. Bailey, Don, and Daile Unruh. Great Canadian Murder and Mystery Stories. Kingston, Ont: Quarry Press, Kick, Russell. New York: Disinformation Co. For related stories, Sept.

Translation of Other Losses. Expanded and revised paperback edition 9th printing , Berlin: Ullstein, On cover: Foreword by Dr. Ernest F. Fisher, Jr. Verschwiegene Schuld: die alliierte Besatzungspolitik in Deutschland nach Vorwort von Alfred de Zayas. Frankfurt am Main: Ullstein, Translation of: Crimes and Mercies. The first edition of Crimes and Mercies; the original English version was published two years later. Bolton, ON: Fenn, Includes "Foreword" by Col.

Fisher, xix—xxi; also "Introduction to the second revised edition," by James Bacque, xxiii—lxx. Projected new edition: Vancouver: Talonbooks, Verschwiegene Schuld; Die alliierte Besatzungspolitik in Deutschland nach Translation of: Other Losses.


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