After the Second World War, the Allies betrayed their own civilizing values – the Atlantic Charter, the Four Freedoms, and the Geneva Convention, destroying the moral worth of their great victory along with their victims. More German people were killed by allied action after the war than died during the war.
At the same time leaders Herbert Hoover in the USA and P.M. Mackenzie King in Canada ran a massive food relief campaign that fed the world, finally including their former enemies. Hundreds of millions of lives were saved from death by starvation.
Never had such vengeance been committed; never had such mercy been shown.
This film, based on James Bacque’s books, Other Losses and Crimes and Mercies, uses eyewitness accounts and documentary evidence to tell the story accurately and compassionately.
Stephen Ambrose, a historian Eisenhower had enlisted in his efforts to preserve his legacy and counteract criticisms of his presidency, and seven other historians examined the book soon after its publication and came to the conclusion that it was inaccurate. Other historians, including the former senior historian of the US Army Center of Military History, Colonel Ernest F. Fisher, who was involved in the 1945 investigations into the allegations of misconduct by U.S. troops in Germany and who wrote the book’s foreword, argues that the claims are accurate.
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