Re: [S-R] Re: American WWII Prisoner of War Camps
- Ron and others,
Thank you all. Great responses that have enlightened me somewhat on this
Looks like my father had some cause to be worried. I think he would have
been repatriated back to Slovakia given time, but he took matters into his
own hands and got back home a few months before.
He passed away almost 20 years ago, but told me he started to miss
'porridge' - cooked oats - that was a main food in the POW camps.
Today 11/11/2011 at the 11th hour there was a minute's silence
for Armistice Day - or Remembrance Day for Commonwealth Countries.
Lest we Forget those who lost their lives in WWI
On 11 November 2011 14:20, Ron <amiak27@...> wrote:
> There were POW camps for the axis soldiers throughout the USA, including a
> camp or two in Alaska, where there are some amusing stories of attempted
> escapes being thwarted by raw nature.
> The first answers are good ones, and you can read more about forced
> repatriation in the many histories in books and on line, including of Fr.
> Tiso being returned to Czechoslovakia, and Russian and Ukrainian soldiers
> being forcefully repatriated to Soviet control.
> Fears among the defeated soldiers ran from rational to irrational. I had
> veterans in Germany tell me with solid belief that the US seriously
> considered the Morgenthau plan to limit postwar Germany to agriculture
> only, removing all industry. Another knew quite well that castration of all
> defeated axis soldiers was considered as well.
> Those are quite ridiculous to us, but they evidently were taken quite
> seriously by the defeated soldiers at the time.
> So after the brutality and slaughter of the war, the fear of never seeing
> his homeland again was perhaps quite reasonable to your father.
> --- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, htcstech <htcstech@...> wrote:
> > Hello All,
> > I was wondering if anyone knew/knows of US policy regarding repatriation
> of > prisoners in WWII camps?
> > My family history tells of an incident where my father, who was in a POW
> > camp in Holland or Denmark, escaped with 3 other Hungarians and returned
> to > his home town.
> > Evidently, he was afraid that he would be sent to the US or another
> country > and never see his family again.
> > Now I know that would be improbable, but at the time he thought it was
> more > than a possibility.
> > Is there any evidence that the US military or occupational forces
> > repatriated POWs to other countries or for that matter, sent POWs to the
> > USA?
> > Thanks,
> > Peter
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