The “War” of Mass Murder of Civilians. 1

Food – Weapon of Mass Destruction and a Political Power Tool 1


The “War” of Mass Murder of Civilians

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?

Food – Weapon of Mass Destruction and a Political Power Tool

Lizzie Collingham, a former research fellow at Jesus College of Cambridge University in U.K., says it was food. Collingam reveals Hitler's battle for supremacy to be a quest for food. She writes that in 1942 he described the war as “a battle for food, a battle for the basis of life, for the raw materials the earth offers.” The promise of “Arbeit und Brot” (Employment and Bread) is what brought Hitler to power, not the grandstanding on the subject of the dangers of Bolshevism. In her recent book The Taste of War: World War Two and the Battle for Food[1] (published in 2011), she estimates that 20 million people died from Text Box:  

Emaciated inmates of Mauthausen Concentration 
Camp, 1940’s. 
(Images from the Holocaust).
starvation and malnutrition during the war, in large measure – as part of deliberately planned annihilation of undesirable populations, in which food (or rather – lack of thereof) was used as weapon of mass destruction. She demonstrated that mass acquisition of food was the driving force of Nazi conquest, and contributed to their policy of murdering and starving to death millions of “useless eaters” in Europe.

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, Text Box:   

Nazi poster from November 1932 elections: For Employment and Food, vote National Socialist List 1. 
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 USSR on July 3, 1941, ten days after Germany began its invasion of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin stated succinctly:

“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…” [2]

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 (Germany, Japan, and Italy) was neutralized by mid-1942, their economic power was wasted away in the war of attrition, naval and air blockade.  It is not so much the facts, which have been mostly well-known, but the methodical presentation and analysis, which made Ms. Collingham’s book stand out.

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 Providence to people who in their hearts have the courage to take possession of it, the strength to preserve it, and the industry to put it to the plough. Hence every healthy, vigorous Folk sees nothing sinful in territorial acquisition, but something quite in keeping with nature.             {Adolf Hitler, in Zweites Buch (Secret book) Adolf Hitler's Sequel to Mein Kampf; Chapter 2. The Necessity of Strife.}

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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[1] Allen Lane, 2011, ISBN 9780713999648

[2] Charge!: history's greatest military speeches, By Steve Israel;  Naval Institute Press, USA. 2007; ISBN 978-1-591114-399-4; P. 158.


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