James Bacque

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James Bacque (19 May 1929 – 13 September 2019) was a Canadian author, editor, journalist, and publisher.

Bacque was a mainstream fiction writer and essayist before turning his attention, in 1989, to the fate of Germans after World War II.

In Other Losses (1989), Bacque stated mass deaths of Germans, for reasons such as disease, starvation and cold, among the Western Allies in particular criticizing Allied Supreme Commander Dwight Eisenhower's policies.

In a subsequent book, Crimes And Mercies (1997), Bacque claimed that Allied policies (particularly Soviet) led to the premature deaths of 5.7 million German civilians, 2.5 million ethnic German refugees from Eastern Europe and 1.1 million German P.O.W.s due to Allied starvation and expulsion policies in the five years following World War II.

The book also details the charity work conducted by the Allies, primarily Canada and the United States, crediting it with saving or improving the lives of up to 500 million people around the world in the postwar period. This work was led by the former American President Herbert Hoover at the behest of President Truman, and by the Canadian Prime Minister, Mackenzie King, together with Norman Robertson and Mitchell Sharp.

As for other controversial mass deaths and mass killings, the estimated numbers vary widely in different sources by different historians. (The exception to this being the Holocaust, where "Holocaust denial" laws prohibit stating significantly lower numbers than six million Jews.)

Bacque also wrote a detailed critique of bias and censorship in Wikipedia regarding himself and his books.[1]

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