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1. firstname.lastname@example.org 2. DAVID BARRETT <email@example.com> -----Message from: firstname.lastname@example.org----- Quoting from Dr. Kuehn: "I do not propose that British, French, and United States' criminal behavior by soldiers/occupiers be excused. However, I do propose that we recognize that one of the "Allies" was in fact the criminal state led by Josef Stalin". How is this distinction relevant, or even useful, to the questions discussed in the book and to the subject of criminal accountability? Francesco Dall'Aglio, Ph. D., University of Rome email@example.com -----Message from: DAVID BARRETT <firstname.lastname@example.org>----- I realize this will likely not come off as a scholarly response to this issue, but sometimes I wonder if historians lose track of the basis of what they are writing about. I also want to state upfront that my comments are in no way intended to express support for Stalin's policies and treatment of people in general (Soviet or otherwise). So what is my point? It is this. Is it really that difficult to understand why average Soviet soldiers would easily and willingly brutalize all Germans (women, children and the elderly) after the war and that their government would turn a blind eye to? Germany is a country that wrought unbelievable devastation on the Russians/Soviets during two world wars over a span 30 years. Why is what the Russians/Soviets meted out to the Germans, as they drove them back to Berlin and after the war, worse than what the Germans did throughout the war on the eastern front? During the war, the Germans behaved as it they would never be held accountable for their actions. Unfortunately for them, it did not work out that way. If you were a German, would you have expected anything less when the tables were turned? Why was it that any German soldier who had the opportunity to surrender to western allies did so? Did anyone really think the Russians would suddenly let bygones be bygones when the shooting stopped? Would not most people in this position want to send a personalized a message to the German public so they would never forget it, that they are never going to do this to your country again, ever? On what I think is a related subject, did not the Allies contemplate turning Germany into a permanent agrarian state, because we were all sick of the loss of life and destruction Germany had brought to the world over the previous 30 years? David Barrett MA History, University if Colorado at Denver DAVID BARRETT <email@example.com> ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----