WW2 was a war of hatred. No rules were followed. No basic decency and courtesy generally shown by competing soldiers was shown. Men from the Waffen SS were especially picked out for"special treatment" by both the Red Army as well as the American soldiers. The Russians simply tortured and killed any SS soldier they captured. The Americans did the same to a lesser extent. And even after the war ended they were tortured and forced to make confessions.
Many argue that the SS guys were fanatics so it was quite OK to deal with them any which way. That argument hardly holds. The American and British soldiers represented nations that are considered the bulwark of human rights. It was not OK for them to behave the way they did. And also most of the Waffen SS men were soldiers with untainted records. They needed to be treated like soldiers.
How different were we from the Russians who just killed all Waffen SS POWs and raped any German woman they could lay hands on?
All documentation is taken from the book "Alliierte Kreigsverbrechen und Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit."
Allied casualties were generally much higher whenever they were thrown into combat opposite seasoned SS troops. Consequently the SS were both feared and admired for their military prowess. The allies feared that the SS would continue to offer armed underground resistance to the occupational authorities, therefore they determined to thoroughly disband and discredit this able military force before the eyes of not only the world, but of the German people as well. Consequently, the members of the SS received the most brutal treatment at the hands of the allied forces. Often accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity, the allies sought to expunge the very memory of this elite Nazi formation. The truth of the matter is that the Waffen SS was no more criminal than any other fighting unit, allied OR axis, and the treatment it’s members received at the hands of the allies was unjust and often criminal. Since SS members were stationed at concentration camps as guards, the allies took advantage of this fact and used it to condemn the members of the SS as a whole. Of course it should go without saying that simply because someone was a guard at a camp does not mean he or she was a criminal. What follows is a series of reports concerning the treatment Waffen SS soldiers received at the hands of the allies.
********** The following matter was edited out as it was found by the editors to be offensive to an average sensibility.
Martin Brech Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York
This essay was published in The Journal of Historical Review, Summer 1990 (Vol. 10, No. 2), pp. 161-166. (Revised, updated: Nov. 2008)
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