Patton Eventually Realized Germans Were “Best Race In Europe”
Claimed Jews Were “Greatest Stinking Bunch Of Humanity I Have Ever Seen”
George Smith Patton Junior was born in San Gabriel, California in 1885.
He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1909 and served his country for the remainder of his life.
In 1944, Patton took command of the U.S. Third Army during World War II. Under his leadership, the Third Army advanced farther, captured more enemy prisoners, and liberated more territory in less time than any other army in the history of the world.
In the summer of 1945, Patton was stationed in American occupied Germany following World War II.
However, Patton was horrified when he gradually began to realize what was actually happening in Europe.
His beliefs were preserved in his diary and in letters to his family and friends. These diary entries and letters were compiled and in “The Patton Papers”, published in 1947.
Following World War II, Patton’s view of our German “enemies” transformed into a profound respect.
In May 8, 1945 at a press conference following Germany’s surrender, Patton was asked if he would treat SS troops differently than other German POW’s.
He famously replied “No. SS means no more in Germany than being a Democrat in America — that is not to be quoted. I mean by that that initially the SS people were special sons of bitches, but as the war progressed they ran out of sons of bitches and then they put anybody in there. Some of the top SS men will be treated as criminals, but there is no reason for trying someone who was drafted into this outfit.”
The media ignored Patton’s request that his remark not be quoted and printed his remarks. Americans were outraged and claimed Patton needed to hold Germans accountable for their “crimes against humanity”.
Months later, Patton visited Berlin and wrote his wife on July 21, 1945.
He wrote “Berlin gave me the blues. We have destroyed what could have been a good race, and we are about to replace them with Mongolian savages. And all Europe will be communist. It’s said that for the first week after they took it, all women who ran were shot and those who did not were raped.”
On August 18, 1945, Patton had dinner with French General Alphonse Juin and shared his new respect of the German people. Patton claims French General Juin actually agreed with him and said “It is indeed unfortunate, mon General, that the English and the Americans have destroyed in Europe the only sound country — and I do not mean France. Therefore, the road is now open for the advent of Russian communism.”
Patton was disgusted when he realized the real purpose of World War II… to destroy Germany…
On August 31, Patton wrote: “Actually, the Germans are the only decent people left in Europe. it’s a choice between them and the Russians. I prefer the Germans.”
Three days later on September 2, Patton added “What we are doing is to destroy the only semi-modern state in Europe, so that Russia can swallow the whole.”
Patton was also shocked that Germans were being charged as “war criminals”.
In a letter to his wife from September 14, 1945, he wrote “I am frankly opposed to this war criminal stuff. It is not cricket and is Semitic. I am also opposed to sending POW’s to work as slaves in foreign lands, where many will be starved to death.”
Later in the letter, he wrote “If what we are doing is “Liberty”, then give me death. I can’t see how Americans can sink so low. It is Semitic, and I am sure of it.”
He also claimed “we are also turning over to the French several hundred thousand prisoners of war to be used as slave labor in France. It is amusing to recall that we fought the Revolution in defense of the rights of man and the Civil War to abolish slavery and have now gone back on both principles.”
Patton was referring to the American concentration camps (German: Rheinwiesenlager) following World War II. American General Dwight Eisenhower denied Germans the rights of prisoners of war guaranteed by the Geneva Convention. He transferred 740,000 Germans into forced labor camps in France.
These labor camps were open fields surrounded by barbed wire. They had no shelter, no blankets, no coats, and very little food.
In fact, Eisenhower prevented humanitarian organizations for food or aid to the camps. He also ordered American soldiers to destroy surplus food supplies to ensure Germans could not receive them. Eisenhower declared anyone attempting to bring food into the camp would be shot.
In “Ethnic Cleansing in Twentieth-Century Europe”, author Richard Dominic Wiggers claims the Allies violated international law following World War II and withheld food from German civilians.
Wiggers claims the U.S. State Department blocked the Vatican from shipping food to German civilians. He estimates Germans only received 1,200 calories a day following World War II.
Meanwhile, Wiggers estimates Jews in displaced persons camps following World War II received 2,300 calories a day.
General Patton was disgusted by these Jews and distubed by the religious service Eisenhower forced him to attend.
In September 17, 1945, he wrote “We entered the synagogue, which was packed with the greatest stinking bunch of humanity I have ever seen…The smell was so terrible that I almost fainted and actually about three hours later lost my lunch as the result of remembering it.”
In another letter, he wrote “these people do not understand toilets and refuse to use them except as repositories for tin cans, garbage, and refuse . . . They decline, where practicable, to use latrines, preferring to relieve themselves on the floor.”
He also claimed that “in practically every room there was a pile of garbage in one corner which was also used as a latrine. The Jews were only forced to desist from their nastiness and clean up the mess by the threat of the butt ends of rifles.”
He concluded, “Of course, I know the expression ‘lost tribes of Israel’ applied to the tribes which disappeared — not to the tribe of Judah from which the current sons of bitches are descended. However, it is my personal opinion that this too is a lost tribe — lost to all decency.”
At a press conference on September 22, reporters accused Patton of being soft on the Germans. He famously replied “The Nazi thing is just like a Democrat-Republican fight.”
The New York Times used the quote as a headline and Americans were outraged.
Later that night, Patton wrote “there is a very apparent Semitic influence in the press. They are trying to do two things: first, implement communism, and second, see that all businessmen of German ancestry and non-Jewish antecedents are thrown out of their jobs.”
He also wrote a letter to his wife, which explained “I will probably be in the headlines before you get this, as the press is trying to quote me as being more interested in restoring order in Germany than in catching Nazis. I can’t tell them the truth that unless we restore Germany we will insure that communism takes America.”
Unfortunately, Patton never got the chance. A few days later, he was relieved of his command by Eisenhower and given a new assignment.
On September 29, Patton wrote another letter to his wife and claimed he was not upset the decision. He explained “I would like it much better than being a sort of executioner to the best race in Europe.”
Jett & Jahn Media honors American Hero General Patton for his honorable service to our country.
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