For all Hitler’s grandstanding on the subject of saving the European “culture” in the name of Aryan Christ from the savagery of Bolshevism, it was no more than a smoke screen for the gullible pawns, “the masses.” “Food first, then morality”, wrote Bertolt Brecht, an expert on Hitlerism. So, what was the true cause of war, which killed almost 40 million people?
Lizzie Collingham, a former research fellow at Jesus
College of Cambridge University in
The number of people killed by hunger is even greater than the 19.5 million military casualties. Although smaller than the 100 million, which the Nazi top brass had planned and strived to achieve, it is shockingly large. Above all, these deaths were politically acceptable to all sides: no blood spilled, no heroics, no explosions or much noise, the victims wasted away, emaciated through malnutrition and starvation. Death by starvation is a gradual decline, lacking heroes or drama.
Some limited material herein is based on her book, some – on many other sources, including authors’ own research and interviews with Soviets, Germans, English and Americans who lived through WW-2.
In a methodical scholarly
fashion, Ms. Collingham presented a sensational (but
only for scholars in the West) discovery, which the former Soviets, as well as
the Marxists, Leninists, Stalinists of all hues always knew from their high
school years as a self-evident truth and a basic tenet of the “scientific
communism” – that food, industrial and agricultural resources are the true causes of wars. Let
me prove this. In the beginning of his famous radio address to the Peoples of
“The enemy is cruel and implacable. He is out to seize our lands, watered with our sweat, to seize our grain and oil secured by our labor…” 
Stalin had no illusions about the true causes of the war. He was well-aware of the secondary role played by “ideology,” unlike many of today’s pundits.
Indeed, it is the
economic resources (and lack of thereof) that would ultimately determine the
outcome of the WW-II. As the military advantage of the Axis powers (
Hitler’s philosophy regarding military subjugation of other countries and their resources, and about “human rights” is quite clear:
“… the bread of freedom grows from the
hardships of war. The sword was the path breaker for the plough. And if we want
to talk about human rights at all, then in this single case war has served the
highest right of all: it gave a Folk the soil which it wanted to cultivate
industriously and honestly for itself, so that its children might some day be
provided with their daily bread. For this soil is not allotted to anyone, nor
is it presented to anyone as a gift. It is awarded by
It seems as if the history of the WW-II has been analyzed to death from the point of view of strategy, ideology, weaponry, economics, “genius” of the leaders (all of whom committed major blunders and crimes against humanity, for which only a small percentage of war criminals were punished). Yet, the text-book “truths” continue to be re-evaluated as new documents become declassified and conjecture is replaced by the facts. Needless to say, the opposite is true as well: inconvenient facts have been white-washed and swept under the rug, replaced by politically-expedient hokum and mythology.
Lizzie Collingham’s book is a systematic exposé of the war struggles through the prism of the caloric intake, food being an important reason behind strategic decisions of the top brass. In fact, food was used as one of the most important strategic resources, and denial of food – as weapon of mass destruction. She argues that the side that managed to continue consuming acceptable amounts of calories, proteins, carbohydrates and fats, won. As Napoleon famously said, Army marches on its stomach.
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