Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Von Paulus II.
Interrogation! Surreptitious! Von Paulus. Schmidt.
"Report of the Special Section of the Don Front NKVD (People's Commissariat of Internal Affairs) to Special Sections Department of NKVD USSR, about conversations of F. Paulus, A. Schmidt and others."
"February, 3rd, 1943"
"To Deputy of the National Commissioner of Internal Affairs of the USSR, Commissioner of State Security Third Rank, comrade Abakumov"
"According your order, I placed agents on the premises, occupied by captured German generals."
"With Paulus and Schmidt I placed an agent of counter-intelligence department, junior lieutenant of the state security, comrade Tarabrin, who speaks German language well, and our representative Nesterov."
THOSE MOST SENIOR GERMAN COMMANDERS CAPTURED AT STALINGRAD THEIR PRIVATE CONVERSATIONS EAVESDROPPED BY GERMAN SPEAKING NKVD [Soviet secret police] AGENTS, THOSE AGENTS SUPPRESSING THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF THE LANGUAGE!
Von Paulus and his immediate subordinates while in captivity their main topic of conversation and concerns being: Dinner. Sleep. Vodka. Cigars. Penknife. Shave.
Creature comforts Von Paulus seemingly oblivious to the suffering of those remnants of the Sixth Army. Of those Germans captured at Stalingrad ONLY about 5 % of those troops making it back to Germany. The remainder succumbing to hunger, disease, privation of all sorts and downright mistreatment by their captors.
I guess it can be suggested that Von Paulus at that exact moment of time more or less helpless, his duty having been done according to his code of honor.
Devoted readers to the blog will have to decide for themselves.