‘Other Losses’ in Holocaust

To the editor:

There was an error in my last letter in which I mentioned a historian saying in 1990, “I hate Germans,” in reaction to Germany’s reunification that year.

I said Germans between 45 and 58 in 1990 were children of the Third Reich. Those ages were misprinted (Editor’s Note: not during editing) as 45-48.

My point was that the oldest in that group (age 58 in 1990) were 13 in 1945 when Nazism ended in Germany. The youngest (age 45 in 1990) were born in 1945.

I have personal reasons for sympathizing with the Jews. I am Finnish but have Jewish relatives because my grandfather’s sister’s daughter married a Jew. There were three Jewish/Finnish children in that family, and it is likely some of their relatives died in the Holocaust.

We must never forget the Holocaust, but what happened to the innocent Germans should also be remembered. Most people don’t even know about it.

“Other Losses,” a documentary film based on two books by James Bacque, tells how German civilians were mistreated after the war. This sums it up: “After the Second World War, the Allies betrayed their own civilizing values … destroying the moral worth of their great victory along with their victims.”

The statement goes on to reveal that more Germans “were killed by Allied action after the war than died during the war.”

Of the Allies, the Soviet Union was the worst offender. “Kill the Germans” was an order from Soviet dictator Josef Stalin after the war ended.

German civilians, whose families lived in Eastern Europe for generations, were forced by the Communists to walk hundreds of miles to Germany, taking nothing with them. There were 13 million German refugees the world has forgotten. Only God knows how many perished and who they were.