THE GERMANY-UNITED STATES-CANADA RECONCILIATION COMMITTEE
invites you and the whole world to the peace conference proposal now offered to the USA and its allies to END WORLD WAR TWO
AND TO HEAR THE APOLOGY OF MAJOR MERRIT DRUCKER UNITED STATES ARMY (RETIRED) for the US' maltreatment of German prisoners after World War Two
An officer in the US army Major Merrit Drucker (retired) has apologized to the German army for the mass deaths of German prisoners in US army camps after world war two. Following extensive international investigations in the US and Germany, Merrit P Drucker has sent an e-mail to Lt. Col. Max Klaar head of the Verband deutscher Soldaten (German Veterans' Association) regretting the lethal conditions in the US camps where some 750,000 Germans died while they were denied available food and shelter. By order from the headquarters of the American commander, General Dwight Eisenhower, German civilians were forbidden on pain of being shot to take food to the prisoners. Drucker has also formed a committee of six people, in Germany, the UK, Canada and the US to pursue further investigations and make amends by way of apologies to the families of the dead, and veterans' institutions. Drucker's first e-mail letter has been posted on the veterans' website where there is also a questionnaire asking for details of prisoners’ internment. Thousands have responded.
Also present at the Marriott Hotel, 2d St Washington on October 2 will be Col. Dr. Ernest F. Fisher, formerly A Senior Historian of the United States Army Center for Military History who supplied an eloquent Foreword to Other Losses. In that Foreword, Fisher wrote, “Starting in April, 1945, the United States army and the French army casually annihilated about one million men, most of them in American camps.” Fisher has vigorously defended the book from many attackers and has agreed to attend and to speak.
The book Other Losses (Toronto, 1989) by James Bacque, which helped to set off the investigation, is being re-issued in an American edition in October. The launch will be held in Washington in the Marriott Hotel where Drucker plans to present a formal letter of apology to Klaar who is flying over for the occasion. Klaar will present in his turn a proposal for a peace treaty between the USA and Germany. It has 14 points. Two films about postwar Germany are included in the program.
Other Losses, a world-wide best-seller published in 13 countries, has been suppressed in the US for over 20 years. The new edition is being published by Talonbooks of Vancouver, whose editor, Karl Siegler is the son of a former prisoner in a US army camp. When his father told him what had happened to him in the US camp, Karl said, "I don't believe you." He changed his mind after reading Other Losses. Because of such sad events, Lt. Colonel Klaar has said that “Germany is a country of wounded souls.” Many Germans have already written to Major Drucker to thank him for taking a heavy weight of grief and guilt off their minds.
TIME AND PLACE Monday October 31, 2011 at the Courtyard US Capitol Marriott Hotel, 1325 2d St. Northeast, Washington DC 20002, tel 202 898 4000. The meeting is to be at 2PM in the Congressional and Monument Rooms.
REQUESTS FOR INTERVIEWS Please contact Talonbooks.
For further information contact Kevin@Talonbooks.com or James Bacque at 705 549 8148 or Merrit P. Drucker at 202 722 6716.
See also the websites Jamesbacque.com and talonbooks.com and the Verband deutscher Soldaten which is www.verband-deutscher-soldaten.de