Prisoners taken by the Russians can scarcely have experienced worse treatment. In order to find similar situations it is necessary to go back to Biblical or barbarian times.
Prisoners were routinely tortured, starved, beaten, shot at random, hung, worked to death, or stripped and allowed to freeze. It is a testament to the endurance and strength of the German POW that 2 of 3 survivied the treatment.
However, while I have never seen specific breakdown in numbers, I suspect that most of the survivors are POWs that were released quickly. Men who went to Siberian work camps had a very high mortality rate. For example, out of about 200,000 POWs taken at Stalingrad in early 1943, only 5,000 lived to see Germany again - a mortality rate of over 97%. POWs taken late in the war, 1945, fared somewhat better.
The Russians used to tell jokes about the POW situation, referring to the Germans as 'Stalin's little ponies'. This is a reference to the brutally hard labor - ponies......and the reference to 'little' tells us that all the larger men were dead, probably from starvation. On the skimpy rations provided only very small men could survive more than a year or so. Very funny.
POWs taken by the Germans in the west were very well treated, suffering no more death or disease than similar German prisoners in American or British hands, this despite a German economy much more strained than that in the west. Russian POWs in German hands were terribly treated early in the war with many starving. To some extent this was due to the extremely high number of Russian POWs. No nation, not even the wealthy USA, could have properly handled the vast numbers captured by the German army in 1941. Communist agents were generally shot on sight. However, after the first year or so of war, the Germans got their POW situation straightened out and, in fact, began recruiting large numbers of X Soviet soldiers into the German army. These men were not used much in combat were useful in support roles - logistics, truck drivers, security. The western allies ruthlessly and unconscionably turned these men over to the Stalinist forces at the end of the war - essentially a death sentence.
German POWs in the west generally suffered more after the war than during. Eisenhower was quick to relabel prisoners as 'disarmed combatants' thus relieving himself of the moral duty owed POWs. The Americans allowed a minimum of 10,000 German POWs to starve (probably higher) after the war ended. The French had a system much smaller but almost as brutal as the Soviets. About 5,000 German POWs were worked to death in French coal mines in the two or three years after the war ended. A friend of mine had an uncle in the German army that escaped British interrogation near the end of the war. He reported that the British were torturing German officers, often to death.CommentThe author of the above has fallen victim to his own rhetoric or to extreme German nationalist Propaganda - or both. For example, the answer claims:
The author seems unaware of the horrific treatment meted out, usually as a matter of routine, by the Japanese to Allied prisoners.
There's an interesting account by Helmut Gollwitzer, " ... und führen, wohin Du nicht willst", first published in 1951 by Christian Kayser Verlag, Munich, of his experiences as a German prisoner-of-war in Soviet hands. Obviously, conditions were tough, but they **varied** a lot.
Moreover, Konrad Adenauer did the German prisoners a disserive by refusing to recognize the USSR till 1955.
As for that friend quoted, he's talking nonsense! The British did NOT toture German POWs. Towards the end of the war, the British has problems with large numbers of Germans fleeing from the Eastern Front in order to try to surrender to them. In fact, they had a reputation for treating prisoners well.
Oh, just in case people forget. About 60% the Russians taken prisoner in World War 2 perished in German captivity.
they were not treated very well
The Geneva Convention is the meeting that set standards for how POWs were to be treated. The atrocities of World War II prompted the treaties agreed to in 1949 to include a clause for the humane way to fight a war.
From what I understand that North Africa was Erwin Rommel's (German Army Commander) territory. He treated his POWs with respect, fed and housed just as good as German troops.
US POWs in Europe were treated with respect and accorded the treatment under the Geneva Convention(s). In the beginning of WW2, US POWs in the Pacific were treated as soldiers that had broken the code of honorable fighting men, and had chosen surrender over fighting to the death. Coupled with the humidity and starving conditions of vast travelling areas of obtaining resupply of food, medical supplies, equipment, etc. living conditions/treatment of US/Allied POWs was extremely harsh; especially when compared to conditions experienced by ETO (European Theater of Operations) POWs.
Australian POWs were treated as appallingly as other whites in Japanese camps. They were used as slave labour.
Horribly, in some cases, some POW were tortured for MONTHS!
Russia is a big country. In some parts of it, black women may be treated badly but in other places they may be treated acceptably.
What was the Pows?
The are treated quite fairly compared to the others that are around 21
Russians immigrated from Russia because of the way there treated and for freedom of religion.
yes, especially Soviet pows
By and large, the U.S. and U.K. treated Germans in compliance with the Geneva Conventions. By and large, the Germans treated U.S. and U.K. prisoners with at least minimal decency, allowed ICRC inspections, mail, and packages. The Germans abused and murdered many Soviet and Serbian prisoners. The Soviet Union in general, treated German POWs and Hungarian prisoners harshly and deprived many of them of adequate rations, medical treatment, minimal comfort, but this corresponded to the cruelty, deprivation, and brutality with which the Germans treated Soviet prisoners. The Soviets killed and imprisoned for years after the war many thousands of Japanese POWs. The Japanese were monstrous, murdering many U.K., Australian, Filipino, and U.S. POWs and a large proportion of the Chinese prisoners they took. The Americans and Australians bombed and strafed many of the by-passed Japanese troops in the South Pacific and other areas. Many starved, turned cannibal and died of disease. The Americans took very few Japanese POWs. The tales told by U.S. Marines are ghastly. The Chinese killed many of the Jaoanese POWs that they took. and and mistrated many of the Japanese pri
The treatment of German POWs (prisoners of war) varied depending on their captors. The Soviet Union used most of its German POWs for hard labour, and many of them perished. Many others were kept till 1955 as bargaining counters. On the whole Britain treated German POWs well. Obviously, there were times when a sudden advance led to a large number of soldiers being taken prisoner at the same time. which often caused practical problems. Very few soldiers (including SS men) were put on trial.
The Soviet Union (Russia) and Germany were the primary combatants in Europe during WWII. Quite possibly, the most POWs were taken on the Russian front. There was extreme hatred (a race war) for both sides on the Russian front; consequently, not many POWs survived from either side.
Of course you think Stalin and the reds wouldn't want revenge they did many harmful things to citizens and POWs. (prisoners of war)
Answer Poland. Germany and Russia signed an alliance before the war began. They started the war by invading Poland on 1 Sept 1939. Then later, Germany attacked Russia. Russia had thousands of Polish POWs interned in their country. England convinced Russia to release the Poles to be trained and equpped by the British.
The hard working but harshly treated populationof russia.
As the Japanese had no remorse or care for the prisoners they were kept in the mud and grim and abused. most died of malnutrition and the ones that escaped were shot. popsicle stick pie fruit.
It largely depended on who was fighting against who and in which war. For example the Japanese in WW2 treated their POWs abominably, but few indeed became prisoners themselves. The Russians too treated their prisoners terribly. Many Russian prisoners themselves were forced to fight for the Germans.
Because Russia has a culture and legal system that hates gay people. This hatred mainly stems from fear.
POW = prisoner of war. they were prisoners and as such didn't really have a leader. there were POWs on both sides
It had somthing to do with the cold winter and how they treated the civilians