Minutes of March 28, 2017

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March 28 , 2017 Minutes of the TMHC

 

We opened the meeting with a video entitled "Other Losses" Dealing with the treatment, starvation and struggles of the German soldiers and civilians after the war concluded was troubling and eyeopening.

The Morgenthau Plan, first proposed by United States Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Jr. in a memorandum entitled Suggested Post-Surrender Program for Germany, advocated that the Allied occupation of Germany following World War II include measures to eliminate Germany's ability to wage war by eliminating its armament industry, and the removal or destruction of other key industries basic to military strength.

"Much still remains to be revealed about the Morgenthau Plan. Dr Joseph Goebbels, Nazi propaganda minister, made enough capital from it to inflict tens of thousands of extra casualties on British and American troops in the battles that followed its publication, and in the autumn 1944 U.S. presidential election campaign Roosevelt's opponent Thomas Dewey lost no time in pointing this out. 'The publishing of this Plan,' claimed Dewey, 'was as good as ten fresh German divisions.'"  David Irving - historian

Other Losses is a 1989 book by Canadian writer James Bacque, in which Bacque alleges that U.S. General Dwight Eisenhower intentionally caused the deaths by starvation or exposure of around a million German prisoners of war held in Western internment camps briefly after the Second World War by changing their classification to "disarmed enemy troops". That change denied them the protection of the Geneva Convention.

Other Losses 

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In the discussion that arose after, Ken referred to a segment of the Bill Maher show you may want to watch.  Timothy Synder on Tyranny  They get into a discussion of Trump as well

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The RCR museum has produced a virtual reality and interactive display centering on Vimy.   Jonathan Vance will open the display on Thursday, March 30 at 11 am (if you happen to be in London tomorrow)

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Recommended Books and movies:

Day of Deceit by Robert Stinnett: Day of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor is a book by Robert Stinnett alleging that the Roosevelt administration deliberately provoked and allowed the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in order to bring the United States into World War II.

The Great Escape: A Canadian Story by Ted Barris-- A unique retelling of WWII's most dramatic escape, told through first-hand recollections of the soldiers who experienced it.

Dirty Little Secrets of World War II by James Dunnigan and Albert Nofi exposes the dark, irreverent, misunderstood, and often tragicomic aspects of military operations during World War II, many of them virtually unknown even to military buffs

Movie suggestions;

Revisit "The Longest Day"

TV:  Watch for "Finding the Fallen" which is now replaying on the Knowledge network.

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Laurel's next talk will be on Sunday, April 9 at 2 pm Annandale

Historic Museum and will involve her impressions of the Canadian struggle for Vimy Ridge.

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Our guest speaker for the April meeting will be Mr. David Moule - former RAF Wing Commander

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Justin and Steve brought along a few new military artifacts which they displayed and explained 

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Woody won the 50/50 again

Robin chaired the meeting.

1.       Xmas dinner for the TMHC will be December 11 at Chrissy‚Äôs Catering on Brock Street.  I will print up some tickets for the next meeting.

2.       2. The Speaker for the November 11 meeting at the Legion will be Rev. Paul Robinson.  Contact me if you wish to purchase a ticket or two at a cost of $15 each.  Our club usually sits together at a table or two in the North West corner if you have a problem finding us.

3.       Robin will be having a store front display on Main Street, Delhi for their local Legion from Nov. 4 to the 10th if you will be in the neighbourhood. 

4.       We require display items for the TMHC at the Mall from Nov 4 to the 10th.  Suggested items could be models, posters, photos, albums, picture books, small inexpensive artefacts.  You would be leaving them at your own risk so consider how precious the item is to you.  We are trying to have a club member at the display but there are occasions when no one will be on duty.  I have a schedule if you find yourself with some free time.

5.       We will also have a small display at the Mormon Church on Saturday Nov 8 to compliment their Family History exhibit and seminars.

6.       We will also have a display at the Station Arts Centre from Nov 4 to the 10th which will mainly deal with local enlistees of WW1 and WW2 as well as acknowledgment of Afghanistan casualties.

7.       Several members spoke to the recent deaths of Nathan Cirillo and Patrice Vincent in apparent terror attacks in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.