The Heretics’ Hour: Devastated Germany, 1946-52

November 1, 2010

Dr. Andreas Wesserle, a Carpathian German expellee, remembers the struggle to survive in a devastated post-war Germany. Topics include:

  • School took place without teachers, textbooks or electricity;
  • Food rations miniscule —pickled mutton, anyone?
  • Cramped barracks housing with no toilets or running water lasted for years;
  • Substitution of Deutschmark for Reichsmark wiped-out average Germans;
  • Nation’s manufacturing equipment carted off by Brits, French, Russians;
  • Millions died, mainly of starvation and exposure.

Photo caption (above right): Frankfurt, Germany: As a truckload of decayed food enters the main garbage disposal area in Frankfurt, destitute Germans clamber over it, trying to find some edibles to supplement their meager diet. Much of the waste comes from the U.S. Army cold storage plant in the city. Since these people have no valuables or money with which to trade in the black market, they have to root like animals. [Credit: U.S. Army Signal Corp Photo from Acme – 12/15/47]

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2 Responses to “The Heretics’ Hour: Devastated Germany, 1946-52”

  1. A German on November 5th, 2010 1:32 pm


    It’s about the German death march out of Brünn!

    Germans were forced to wear white arm binds.
    German women were PUBLICLY raped!
    The drove with trucks over the shot German victims!
    It didn’t matter if the German victims were “Nazis” or if they had done something evil between 1938-1945, what only mattered:

    And so the goal was to ehtnically cleanse the Germans from Sudetenland by ultimative terror!

    All ordered by Benes and the new Jewish-Communist ruling class in Czecho-Slovakia!

    The CSSR, Poland, Hungary all got immediately a new Jewish-Communist ruling class after 1945!!!

    –>Uprise in Hungary, formost against Jewish rule!

  2. A German on November 8th, 2010 7:21 am

    Ernst von Salomon (not a Jewish name, but biblical like ISAAC Newton) was a Prussian cadet and joined World War 1 as soldier.

    He was strongly characterized by Prussiandom.
    He felt as the ultimative Prussian.

    After the war he joined Freikorps to defend the endangered German borderlands.
    Like Upper Silesia, where the Poles tried to grap whole Upper Sileasia, which was 1/3 of whole Silesia, after recieving only the small cole mine strip in the south east of Upper Silesia.

    The decisive battle was at Annaberg, the German Silesian’s Jerusalem, where the Freikorps could beat the Poles back.

    Many of them then became farm labourers and worked there on the huge farms waiting for the next call.
    Many of them later filled the ranks of the SA.

    So taking this in consideration some men of this generation were combatons for almost 30 years!
    WW1 1914-1919, 1920s Freikorps, 1930s SA troops, 1939-1945 WW2! They were true Landsknechte.

    Others, like von Salomon, went on to the next battle zone:
    The Rhineland.
    Where they fought against red rebels, seperatists, collaberators and the French occupation forces.

    Then von Salomon went back to Northern Germany, where he came from (Holstein) and suported the rebelling farmers, the “Landvolkbewegung” (=land people’s movement).
    Which had some traditions with the 1500s Peasant’s Wars but was also, as some said, the foundation of Nationalsocialism and the Blood and Soil ideology.

    After that von Salomon went on to Berlin to fight against Communists who wanted to establish a Soviet Germany under Karl Liebknecht and the Jewess Rosa Luxemburg.

    After that he was part of the Organisation Consul who shot the traitor and Jew secretary of state Rathenau in 1922.

    For that they put von Salomon into prison for 5 years 1922-27.
    He then concentrated on his literaric work which he began right after the war.
    His main subjects were nationalism, the First World War, and the history of the Freikorps.

    His poetry is difficult to describe.
    He glorifies war and the military but also describes it’s horrors.
    His tone is very doom and gloomy, like Oswald Spengler, describing a downfall. And also a bit Ernst Jünger-esque.

    Just to give you a short impression, here’s a small part:

    The Nationalsocialists promoted some of his books very much and so he joined the NSDAP in 1938.

    He also sympthized with the left wing of the NSDAP and even National Bolshevism.

    But already during the 2nd World War he became disillusioned and very critical with the regime.
    And after the war he became anti NS.

    He then still wrote books, often for movies.
    One of these is “0/8/15″ which is critical about the militaric monotonism in the Wehrmacht and describes the downfall of the German army.
    A kind of early “Jarhead” novel.

    And so being very nationalistic, pro NS and later anti NS he was perhaps the only author who was promoted by Nationalsocialists in the Third Reich AND Communists in the GDR!
    Very strange.

    What I don’t understand, in his Freikorps time he first went into the Baltic states to fight.
    I don’t know why they went there.

    Of course the was a small German minority, but it were no borderlands endangered by the Poles or French.
    And it was former territory of the Russian Empire.

    Perhaps another listerner has a clue to this part of the Freikorps’ history.

    What’s also interesting,
    there was another von Salomon, Franz Pfeffer von Salomon!
    Not related.
    He also was a soldier in WW1, lieutenant, and also later joined a Freikorps.
    But he very early joined the NSDAP and was the supreme SA leader in first years, before Röhm.
    He even had Himmler as his secretary.
    He also served as NSDAP member of the Reichstag and changed his name to Franz von Pfeffer.
    In the later years he went into the 2nd row, like Hess, Darré, Feder and others.
    After the war he had a small engagement with a new right wing party but nothing special.

    But besides this nominal doppelganger, Ernst von Salomon had also doppelganger in literature:
    Kurt Eggers.
    His poetry sounds very similar to von Salomon’s, nationalistic, glorifying military, war and Prussiandom.
    But he did not become anti NS during the war like Salomon, he even joined the Waffen SS where he fought in the east and finally was killed in acion.