Judging generations of the past for their decisions in their time, based on today’s ever-changing moral standards is a pretty slippery slope.
Maybe. But we can certainly judge them based on the statements they themselves made, and based on the standards they’d used in criminal trials they’d conducted against their defeated enemies, after their wars were over.
The Allied Establishment claimed to have been outraged over the millions of Slavs who died of starvation while under National Socialist occupation. While such outrage was not the central component of the Allied Establishment’s propaganda strategy, it was there.
On the one hand, their food blockade made it physically impossible for the German government to feed the people within its borders. On the other hand, the Allied Establishment refused to offer Germany any peace treaty other than unconditional surrender. That took the diplomatic option off the table, and made years of war inevitable. Together, these two components of the Allied Establishment’s military/diplomatic strategy made the starvation of millions of Slavs a virtual certainty.
When questions were raised about the brutality of the Allied Establishment’s food blockade, the Establishment’s response was to claim that it was the “responsibility” of an invading nation to feed the people of the territory it had occupied. The deaths of millions of Slavs didn’t matter, because those deaths could be blamed on the National Socialists.
In a typical book written from the Allied Establishment’s perspective, the question of Germany’s food situation is not mentioned. Nor is the Allied Establishment’s role in having created an artificial famine within German-held territory. Instead, the reader is led to believe, erroneously, that Germany could have fed everyone within its own borders, and that Hitler’s failure to do so was solely due to his own genocidal impulses. Millions of Soviet POWs died of starvation, while working in German weapons factories. Those weapons were an absolutely essential part of the German war effort. Here, the Establishment propagandists would have us believe that Hitler was so eager to commit genocide that he wanted the Soviet POWs starved right away, even though such starvation would greatly hamper the German war effort. This propaganda stretches credulity.
If the Establishment did nothing wrong when it chose to use food as a weapon against the civilians living in German held territory, why did it feel the need to conceal Germany’s wartime food situation? Why did it seek to create the (false) impression that Germany could have fed all the people within its own borders?