Friday, March 13, 2009
Although the US signed international agreements opposing forced repatriation, after WW II, Roosevelt, Churchill and cronies, under a program called "Operation Keelhaul" forcibly turned over at least two million persons to Soviet slave labor camps. The Allies even kept secret from the world the fact that Stalin was holding over 5,000 Allied soldiers as hostages in order to make sure that the West complied with his demands for repatriation. US and British troops had to beat, drug, and drive at gunpoint these millions of liberty loving people back to Russia. Even after doing so, Stalin never did return American and British prisoners. They died in the Soviet Gulags. The US still refuses to open the archives about their fate. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn called this operation "the last secret of World War II."
Nikolai Tolstoy described the scene of Americans returning to the internment camp after having delivered a shipment of people to the Russians:
"The Americans returned to Plattling visibly shamefaced. Before their departure from the rendezvous in the forest, many had seen rows of bodies already hanging from the branches of nearby trees. On their return, even the SS men in a neighboring compound lined the wire fence and railed at them for their behavior. The Americans were too ashamed to reply."
See, e.g., http://www.fff.org/freedom/0495a.asp
Posted by theo at 5:35 PM