View Full Version : German communists starved and beaten to death by the Brits ...

Sam Lord
26-11-2014, 01:40 PM
Some people have a rosy eyed view of the British state but I am personally beyond being shocked at what it is capable of.


Photographs of victims of a secret torture programme operated by British authorities during the early days of the cold war are published for the first time today after being concealed for almost 60 years.

The pictures show men who had suffered months of starvation, sleep deprivation, beatings and extreme cold at one of a number of interrogation centres run by the War Office in postwar Germany.

A few were starved or beaten to death, while British soldiers are alleged to have tortured some victims with thumb screws and shin screws recovered from a gestapo prison. The men in the photographs are not Nazis, however, but suspected communists, arrested in 1946 because they were thought to support the Soviet Union, an ally 18 months earlier


Donal Og
27-11-2014, 05:50 PM
God ....this is pretty grim stuff. No post cold war apologies forthcoming?

C. Flower
29-11-2014, 08:02 PM
They British Government has only just had an apology extracted for torture in Kenya. They are still trying to cover up torture of interned men in Ireland, authorised at Cabinet level.

Meanwhile documents about a secret interrogation centre which the War Office operated in central London between 1945 and 1948, where large numbers of men are now known to have been badly mistreated, are still being withheld by the Ministry of Defence.

Who on earth were these people ? Held for two years after the war ended ?

Officials say the papers cannot yet be released because they have been contaminated with asbestos.


Sam Lord
30-11-2014, 01:35 PM
Who on earth were these people ? Held for two years after the war ended ?

That would be the "London Cage" where they held and interrogated Germans suspected of being involved in the execution of British prisoners.

C. Flower
30-11-2014, 10:00 PM
Apparently believing that war with the Soviet Union was inevitable, the War Office was seeking information about Russian military and intelligence methods. Dozens of women were also detained and tortured, as were a number of genuine Soviet agents, scores of suspected Nazis, and former members of the SS.

Yesterday there were calls for the Ministry of Defence to acknowledge what had happened and apologise. Nick Harvey, the Liberal Democrats' defence spokesman, said: "It's too late for anyone to be held personally responsible, or held politically to account, but it's not too late for the MoD to acknowledge what has happened."
Sherman Carroll, of the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, said British authorities should also apologise and pay compensation to survivors. "The suggestion that Britain did not use torture during world war two and in the immediate aftermath, because it was regarded as 'ineffective', is a mythology that has been successfully propagated for decades," he said. "The fact that it took place should be acknowledged."

All Imperial powers I've ever read of used torture on people who resisted - or just "to encourage the others"

The British used torture in Ireland in the 70s and 80s and shipped people off to US torture jails without a bother on them.