Allies Raped Hundreds of Thousands of German Women after WW2
Western allies raped hundreds of thousands of German women, writes German historian Miriam Gebhardt in a book published under the name “When the soldiers came” (Als die Soldaten kamen) and which received both praise and criticism in Germany.
“At least 860,000 women and girls, but also men and young boys, were raped by ally soldiers after the fall of the Third Reich and in the postwar period. It happened everywhere,” writes Gebhardt, noting that US soldiers were the ones who did it the most.
The book strongly echoed in Germany, where information on such crimes was known before but was almost exclusively ascribed to Soviet soldiers.
Rapes committed by American soldiers over French women after the landing in Normandy in 1944 were also documented, but globally the Western allies – the Americans, French and British maintained an impeccable reputation of winners over Nazi barbarism.
In contrast, the image of Stalin’s troops which entered Berlin and whose soldiers “attacked the women who were treated as toys for sexual abuse, were long etched in the minds and investigations of the Germans,” the writer explained at a press conference in Berlin.