Crimes and Mercies: The Fate of German Civilians Under Allied Occupation, 1944–1950 by Canadian James Bacque outlines the surprising and horrifying truth about how the U.S. and the Allies imposed a policy on Germany leading to the death of what some say was 13 to 15 million Germans.
“More than 9 million Germans died as a result of deliberate Allied starvation and expulsion policies after World War II—one quarter of the country was annexed, and about 15 million people expelled in the largest act of ethnic cleansing the world has ever known. Over 2 million of these alone, including countless children, died on the road or in concentration camps in Poland and elsewhere. That these deaths occurred at all is still being denied by Western governments.
Never before had such revenge been known. The first English-speaking writer to gain access to the newly opened KGB archives in Moscow and to recently declassified information from the renowned Hoover Institution in California, James Bacque tells the extraordinary story of what happened to these people and why.
Revised and updated for this new edition, bestseller Crimes and Mercies was first published by Little, Brown in the U.K. in 1997.”