The aftermath of World War II was hard for everyone but the group I chose to focus on was the women of Germany and their fates resulting from losing the war. The Russians celebrated their victory in the form of raping woman young and old. It didn’t matter if you had children wrapped in your arms or hadn’t even reached womanhood. When Stalin was confronted with these mass rap(e) accusations he replied “I will not allow anyone to drag the reputation of the Red Army in the mud.” The rapes had begun as soon as the Red Army entered East Prussia and Silesia in 1944. In many towns and villages every female, aged from 8 to 80, were raped. Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the Nobel laureate who was then a young officer, described the horror in his narrative poem Prussian Nights:

	"The little daughter's on the mattress,
	Dead. How many have been on it
	A platoon, a company perhaps?" 

Very few Russian soldiers thought this way though, most regarded raping the woman as legitimate. Soviet soldiers saw rap(e), often carried out in front of a woman's husband and family, as an appropriate way of humiliating the Germans, but they were eventually told to stop in the winter of 1946-47 by the Soviet authorities, concerned by the spread of disease, even going as far as to impose penalties. (Johnson) It wasn’t only German women though, many Polish, Russian and other concentration camp survivors moved from one hell to another. Not even the woman soldiers and medical professionals in the Red Army seemed to disapprove. They stood and laughed at their own gender being defiled by their male comrades.

ger/101/2013/fall/aftermath.txt · Last modified: 2013/09/29 22:10 by dmreynolds
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