Mass Rape By Soviet Red Army

Soviet Occupation Zone (Berlin 1945)
As well as the estimated two million rapes in Germany, there were between 70,000 and 100,000 in Wien and anywhere from 50,000 to 200,000 in Hungary, as well as thousands in Romania and Bulgaria, which had been pro-Nazi, but also in Poland, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia, which had not been. The Red Army even raped women who had been liberated from concentration camps, emaciated and wearing their prison uniform. Professor of Modern History at Cambridge, Richard Evans, guotes a Soviet officer recalling when his unit overtook a column of fleeing German refugees: Women, mothers and their children lie to the right and left along the route, and in front of each of them stands a raucous armada of men with their trousers down. The women, who are bleeding or losing consciousness, get shoved to one side, and our men shoot the ones who try to save their children. Rape was often accompanied by torture and mutilation  ending with the victim being killed or bludgeoned to death. The Red Army's atrocities against women in Dresden in the spring of 1945, a city that had already suffered heavily from Allied bombing, were carried out in a sickeningly systematic manner. Mr John Noble, inhabitant of Dresden recalled: Soviet troops went in and pulled the women on to the street, had their mattresses pulled out and raped the women. Right at the end of the street, a woman was tied to a wagon wheel and terribly misused. The men had to watch, and then the men were shot. Quoted from Daily Mail. Image: Berliners become familiar with their new masters; a woman holds onto her bicycle as a Soviet soldier tries to yank it away. Public domain.

Unidentified 1945 
Natalya Gesse observed the Red Army in action 1945 as a Soviet war correspondent: The Russian soldiers were raping every German female from eight to eighty. It was an army of rapists, she recounted later. The novelist Vasily Grossman, another war correspondent attached to the invading Red Army, soon discovered that rape victims were not just Germans. Polish women also suffered. So did Russian, Belorussian and Ukrainian women. The rape of Soviet women and girls seriously undermines Russian attempts to justify Red Army behaviour on the grounds of revenge for German brutality in the Soviet Union. According to Sister Kunigunde of Haus Dahlem (Berlin): The majority of the Red Army's soldiers were ill-educated and primitive. Nuns, young girls, old women, pregnant women and mothers who had just given birth were all raped without pity. One doctor deduced that out of approximately 100,000 women raped in Berlin, some 10,000 died as a result, mostly from suicide. The death rate was thought to have been much higher among the 1.4 million estimated victims in East Prussia, Pomerania and Silesia. Altogether at least two million German women and children are thought to have been raped, and a substantial minority, if not a majority, appear to have suffered multiple rape. Reference: Antony Beevor. Berlin: The Downfall 1945. Quoted from The Guardian. Screenshot: U.S. National Archives.

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