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The Rape of Berlin: Red Army atrocities in 1945

"Red Army soldiers don't believe in 'individual liaisons' with German women," wrote the playwright Zakhar Agranenko in his diary whilst serving as an officer of marine infantry in East Prussia. "Nine, ten, twelve men at a time - they rape them on a collective basis."

by gary cartwright
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On the outskirts of Berlin in Treptower Park stands a dramatic 12 metre high statue. It depicts a Soviet soldier brandishing a sword in one hand and clutching a young German girl in the other, as he stands victoriously on a broken swastika.

The statue stands over a mass grave, the final resting place for 5,000 of the Soviet troops who fell in the Battle of Berlin between 16th April 16th and May 2nd 1945.

It is known locally as The Tomb of the Unknown Rapist.

The number of rapes perpetrated by Soviet soldiers is uncertain as many went unreported: some due to fear of the stigma attached to being a victim, many because the victims lay dead.

The most often quoted figures are for 100,000 women in Berlin and two million on German territory as a whole; statistics that have been extrapolated from the scant surviving medical records housed in the State Archive.

The extent of the atrocities was such that Article 218 of Germany’s penal code, which banned abortion, was de facto ignored for the victims of the mass rapes of 1945. Nevertheless, one former Red Army tank commander was to boast, many years later, “two million of our children were born” in Germany.

“Until that time I had lived so happily with my husband and the children. I had four children; the youngest I had to bury on May 18th; it was four months old. Now I am in a desperate condition, I do not want to have this child under any circumstances,” one woman told the Health Office of Berlin’s south-eastern suburb of Neukölln on December 16th 1945 as she requested an abortion on grounds of rape by a Soviet soldier.

Between June 7th 1945 and June 17th 1946, 996 such requests were approved in Neukölln alone.

Female deaths in connection with the rapes in Germany, overall, are estimated at 240,000. Bestselling British author and historian Antony Beevor, whose books have been banned in Russian schools and universities since 2015, describes it as the “greatest phenomenon of mass rape in history”.

“Beria and Stalin, back in Moscow, knew perfectly well what was going on from a number of detailed reports. One stated that ‘many Germans declare that all German women in East Prussia who stayed behind were raped by Red Army soldiers’. Numerous examples of gang rape were given – ‘girls under 18 and old women included’.” – Antony Beevor, Berlin: The Downfall 1945 (Viking Penguin, 2012).

In his book, Beevor points out that the atrocities of the Red Army soldiers were not restricted to German women alone: “General Tsygankov, the head of the political department of Marshal Konev’s First Ukrainian Front, reported to Moscow on the mass rapes by Red Army officers and soldiers committed against young Soviet women who had been deported for forced labour in Germany. Tsygankov urged that the female victims should not be allowed to spread negative stories about the Red Army when they were repatriated”.

For Russian historians today, in the context of Vladimir Putin’s rewriting of Soviet history and his constant propagandising, it is becoming increasingly difficult to examine the events of 1945.

Vera Dubina, a young historian at the University of Humanities in Moscow, wrote a paper on the subject but struggled to get it published.

“The Russian media reacted very aggressively,” she said at the time, “People only want to hear about our glorious victory in the Great Patriotic War and now it is getting harder to do proper research.”

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robert July 14, 2023 - 1:27 pm

WW2 THIS WAS A RUSSIAN CRIME INVADING POLAND IN 1939 IT WAS CONTROLLED BY MOSCOW…AND DONE BY THE USSR AND CONTROL BY RUSSIA NOT BY UKRAINE !!!

THE SHAME OF ANY ACTS AND CRIME DONE BY THE USSR IS THEREFORE RUSSIA’S SHAME !!

NOT UKRAINES SHAME NO MOLDOVAN SHAME NOT KAZAKHSTANS SHAME NOT GEORGIANS SHAME NOT ANY OTHER COUNTRIES SHAME !!

IT IS ONLY RUSSIAN SAME AS RUSSIA TOGETHER WITH NAZIS STARTED WW2 !!

Ukraine was occupied by the bolsheviks and forced into a Union with Russia called the Soviet Union …

Just like Austria was occupied and forced into a Union with Hitlers Germany ….
NO ONE BLAMES Austria for Hitlers nazi crimes now do they??? because Austria was a victim just like Ukraine was a victim when it came under the control of Russian evil USSR

Also a lot of Polish guys was fighting in the Afghanistan war when USSR invaded Afghanistan…BUT that was not of free will, they was forced to do that by Russian as Russia had controlled and power over Poland at the time—

Therefore no one puts blames Poland for the war in Afghanistan now do they??

NO they do not, because Poland at the time was a victim of the Russian hegemony control and evil…

Just like Ukraine was a victim of the Russian hegemony control and evil in ww2 and all the why until 1991..

IT WAS MOSCOW THAT DECIDED TO INVADE POLAND IN 1939 AND HELP HITLER FROM 1939-1941 AND MOSCOW DECIDED TO INVADE AFGHANISTAN IN 1979 you can not hold Ukraine responsible just like you can not hold Austria responsible for fighting together with Hitler AS both nations Austria and Ukraine was under forceful EVIL regimes at the time against their own will and its peoples and government had no choice in the matter at hand

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IFmBQS8FDc Joint Soviet-Nazi military parade in Poland. The history of Russian aggression.

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