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deborah c

I have literally stumbled upon your blog.

My father was a British medic in libya in the the Middle East during the war.

He had said that after the war the british had kept the German P.O.Ws for a while before returning them back to Germany, but at the time that they were sent to return. Many of the Germans began to jump ship and my father had told me that there was a decision not to shoot them,
as " they were boys just like us". and so some were let go.

My father died November 2006. Myself and my immediate family now live in the United States.
I am his youngest daughter now living in the state of Tennessee.

Is there any History blogs like this but on the
british in the Middle East?

Chris Knowles

Many thanks for your comment and the story told by your father of the decision not to shoot the POWs trying to jump ship because they were “boys just like us.”

As Henry Faulk said in his book, Group Captives, the key thing which identified the ‘white’ anti-Nazis among the German POWs was their ability to show empathy for other people, as human beings, regardless of which group they belonged to.

And the thing that most impressed the German POWs in Britain, was when the people they had been told were their enemies, such as the British civilian population, showed them sympathy and friendship. He quotes one former German POW officer writing after the war:

“Perhaps it was precisely the experience of this generous fairness at a time when we expected humiliation and mortification, which was of greater importance to men with closed minds than all the intellectual and artistic efforts to which we were able to devote ourselves.”

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