Gruesome Harvest: The Costly Attempt to Exterminate the People of Germany by Ralph Franklin Keeling
“History is written by victors.”
That is certainly true for World War II. Gruesome Harvest: The Costly Attempt to Exterminate the People of Germany is a relatively short book about the mistreatment of post-war Germany by the Allies, first published in 1947.
None of the contents presented were official secrets but it is history that is mostly not talked about in mainstream circles. Keeling describes and discusses the devastation of Germany, the (re-)allocation of Germans and its consequent overcrowding in some areas, the deportation of others, the inconsistencies of the denazification program including the disproportionate blame on the German people, the deliberate starvation of the population, the use of German slave labor, and the wide-scale abuse and rape of German women, amongst other things.
Without denying the errors of nazism and the atrocities committed by Germany during the war, Keeling juxtaposes the Allies’ objectionable behavior with reports of upright German conduct during the war which are also conveniently not talked about, at least implying the anti-German propaganda (that still exists today).
Keeling concludes with a reminder of the dangerous global aims of communism which the Russian treatment of post-war Germany was obviously a part of.
This is not an in-depth historical account of the secret deals made by high-level puppet masters on how to shape the post-war landscape. It is a brief and simple call for attention to the Allies’ duplicitous and hypocritical conduct.
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