In Enemy Hands. . .
As reported in the “Kriegs Echo,” there has been a clear violation of international law committed by Russian forces. Three German officers managed to escape Russian captivity only to be shot by Russian soldiers somewhere within Chinese territory. This is an example of the kind of Russian brutality that “the noble French nation” is ambitiously attempting to surpass. Several officers of the German military, who escaped French captivity, gave personal testimonies that exposed the truly inhumane treatment of German prisoners of war (POWs) inflicted by the French.
German POWs were systematically robbed by the forces that captured them. The French confiscated their watches, money and valuables, and they also stripped their badges and ribbons. The German POWs not only had to (retrieve and) bury the dead on the front line, they also had to run ammo and food to French forces through heavy fire. Many German prisoners were wounded or killed in the line of fire due to this treatment.
Despite being summoned to work on such “work commissions,” these POWs were also subjected to other bodily mistreatment. The Germans were starved, getting only a quarter of bread every other day and every third day a warm meal in the form of a cup of coffee! The sick did not get any food during the day and only soup in the evening. Their accommodations were almost unbelievable; the Germans were herded like sheep into a wire mesh quadrangle for two days and one night. The mud went up over the ankles of the POWs. The Germans were given no other accommodations and were just forced to do their utmost to survive. The POWs were crowded like to poorest in the commune of Souilly. When one German POW got too close to the wire so he could answer nature’s call which got him shot in the stomach and he died after a short time!
Compare this with the treatment of prisoners in Germany, which has often been documented by neutral observers as being humane. In principle, the prisoners brought to us are, at the very least, never on the front line. Accommodations given to our prisoners are similar to those of our children back home. We are guided by the principle that in our prisoners, we see men and no longer the enemy. May this mistreatment of soldiers reveal who the real “barbarians” are.