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Gruesome Harvest [Paperback]

Ralph Franklin Keeling
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February 22, 2004 1593640080 978-1593640088
On May 8, 1945 the shooting ended in Europe. But, shockingly, the war against Germany went on. Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill had decreed that the German people must suffer-and suffer they did. Driven from their homes, looted of their property, decimated by famine and disease, raped, robbed, and enslaved, millions of Germans-most of them women and children-bore the brunt of what Time magazine called "history's most terrifying peace". Gruesome Harvest was one of the first books in America to sound the alarm against the victor's postwar war against the Germans. Bristling with contemporary documentation, burning with humanitarian and patriotic outrage, this informed, riveting classic dares to tell the shameful story of how American and Allied policy makers undertook the political, economic, and social destruction of the German people even as they presumed to instruct them in "justice" and "democracy."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Liberty Bell Publications (February 22, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593640080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593640088
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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184 of 222 people found the following review helpful
I bought Gruesome Harvest several years ago, but never read it until this summer. This book is a full-frontal assault on the genocidal Morgenthau Plan and the Potsdam accords. But how accurate is it? Very accurate. My mother was a civilian employee of the United States Armed Forces and a resident of the French Zone of occupation after World War II. The information in this book corresponds directly with her accounts of life there after the war. It's important to note there was a hierarchy of food availability in the U.S. occupied zone - the military naturally got as much food as they needed, then the DP's or Displaced Persons also had access to good nutrition. Finally, the Germans were at the bottom of the food chain, given an "official" subsistence diet of 1,200 calories a day, usually much less. The author cites studies from The University of Minnesota of the results of feeding people 1,650 calories a day "Within six months each man lost a fourth of his weight and experienced fainting spells, dizziness, and a feeling of always being cold. Their hearts shrank and some had to have two blankets even in summer. All lost three-fourths of their energy and work ability." He also cites a similar study of an experiment conducted by Northwestern University Medical School; " ... after six weeks, however, they showed a slow, progressive deterioration in physical and mental health, accompanied by loss of endurance, skin lesions, leg pains, and mental slowness." The 1,200 calorie diet was all the more horrific because the majority of the 15 million German expellees were resettled into the bombed out ruins of the Western zones (not Soviet zone) of occupation after having been starved, repeatedly raped, and otherwise abused by the Soviets and their puppets. Read more ›
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65 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 11 Million Germans were murdered post WWII April 2, 2008
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The book Gruesome Harvest, should be on the mandatory highschool and college reading list for history and sociology. It is one of the few books that are available in English that address the murder of millions of non-combatant German civilians and German prisoners of war from 1944 to 1950 as a matter of deliberate allied policy not inefficient logistics as it is most often presented in school text books. It is important because this book was written as it was still happening and includes comments from eye witnesses in the same time period. The book is not politically correct and shocked me because it speaks in a such a predudicial fashion about persons of the black race. That however in this point makes it useful to sociologist and historians because it correctly reflects widely held opinion at the time within U.S. society.

As to the correct observation that allied policy was to reduce the German population through, murder in multiple forms, slave labor, and starvation, and destroy the fabric of the society through mass rape of the female population, other authors are critized for saying the same thing but only decades later. Fact is there is a great effort to keep this information from the public because it shows that the victors of WWII incorporated not only military strategy and tactics but also the NAZI ideology of racial hatred and a policy of extermination and discrimination for one people.
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74 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing lesser-known facts, well researched September 3, 2004
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For those interested in knowing all of world war 2 history, and not just the rosy view from the perspective of the victor, this book is a must read. My mother's side of the family are ethnic German expellees from Yugoslavia and this book aided in explaining why my family went hungry in the American zone.

All too often the rhetoric we hear is the sufferings, both real and alleged, caused by those we defeat in war. We never hear about the atrocities that our side commits. This book exposes the atrocities the Allies committed willfully against civilians, leaving the reader asking why does our country claim the moral high ground?

This certainly qualifies to be called a "holocaust" against the German people, yet in our politically biased atmosphere it is unknown. For those of you interested in the human rights of all peoples, not just those we support in wars, this is a must for you. It will make you wonder what is wrong with your history books.
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36 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gruesome Harvest May 7, 2008
Gruesome Harvest was shocking and depressing as it described in shocking detail of the tragic reports and stories about the post war conditions in Germany in 1945 and 1946. The treatment of civilians, women and girls in particular, was horrific. It is dificult to imagine now that the powers of Britain, France, the Soviet Union and the United States could look the other way when things got so bad in Germany's effort to deal with starvation and a hopeless decline in civil control. Chaos was rampant and it is a miracle that they recovered from a total breakdown of society. It is an historical document which should be more widely
distributed and publicized.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars schadenfreude? or perhaps I just have too much sympathy
i love germany and it pain me to know they been so mistreated and it why they took up such a cause of selflessness to the bitter end when all odds are agaisnt the and many... Read more
Published 6 months ago by john hun
1.0 out of 5 stars Justice is often cruel
Okay, I will say it. It doesn't surprise me that post war Germany wasn't pleasant. There is this belief that nations are fair and that even in the face of difficult... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Frequent-Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars The German Holocoust
The crimes committed by Germany were atrocious. Yet the crimes committed against the German people were even worse. Why? Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dennis Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Not Something we Learned in School
This book is a must read if you have any German heritage. You will not learn these things in our highly controlled school system that vilifies Germans in every grade. Read more
Published 15 months ago by 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars Gruesome Ogy of Pro-Soviet Revenge
"Gruesome Harvest" is a very well written and documented description of the enormous crimes committed against Germany by the victorious allied powers. Read more
Published 15 months ago by john thames
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking
I thought I knew a lot about WW2 but after reading this book it seemed to me that we werent the good guys in every respect. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jabbo
1.0 out of 5 stars Revisionist Historical Rubbish
There are more balanced and nuanced views of this horrific yourself a favor and avoid this tome to somehow suggest the "Germans suffered more than most"...... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Army Veteran USA
5.0 out of 5 stars An important book, buy it while you can.
Having been written right after the war, by a non-German, this book serves as an important first-hand look at Germany and the dismal quality of life there in the months and year... Read more
Published on September 20, 2011 by Nachtjager
5.0 out of 5 stars Gruesome harvest
This is publication which shoul be in every school library on this Earth.Most truthfull book ever written and the most poverfull condemnation of Zionist power in 20th... Read more
Published on September 14, 2011 by Paul Maresh
2.0 out of 5 stars afraid of a strong Germany
After World War II the Allies were still afraid of a strong Germany, especially after having `lost' the First World War they came back to fight the Second World War. It was scary. Read more
Published on July 12, 2011 by David Brockert
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