26 APRIL 1946, Page 14


Sr t,—At the risk of being called unchristian or inhumane, I feel bound to offer the following comments on the letters you have published on the subject of " Hunger in Germany." I, too, have just come from B.A.O.R., and saw no signs of repentance or shame in Germans for what they had inflicted upon the world. The only thing they are sorry about is that they failed to win the war. For several years before 1939 they had the choice of guns or butter, and they made their choice. From 1939 onwards we were compelled to choose guns ; and as a result we are woefully short of butter now. Why should we reduce our short supplies to feed un- repentant Germans? They should have thought of these things before. Major Billingham says that we have a direct responsibility to millions of Germans. What responsibility? Responsibility to feed them up so that they can start another war? We tried being kind in 1919, and 1939 was the result. Hunger and starvation are unpleasant, but they may teach the Germans that war does not pay—a thing that they do not realise at tile moment. Sympathy with the Germans is a dangerous thing. According to them, Hitler was the only real Nazi ; the rest never had their heart and soul in the movement. Their consciences were clear and untroubled in the years from 1938 to 1945. The fact that their stomachs are not over- troubled by food from 1945 onwards will help them to think far more than Military Government's efforts at re-education.—I am, yours, &c.,