Ravishing The Women Of Conquered Europe
By Austin J. App
This article was first published in April 1, 1946
Because of repeated requests, this article on mass Red rape of German women, first published as a lone, voice-in-the-wilderness protest thirty years ago, is herewith off-set printed again, verbatim, except for this first page. It is still valid, though if written now, a few items would be omitted and others worded differently. Its facts, however, still need to be publicized, for the assortment of Reds, Morgenthauists, and Unconditional Surrenderists who keep urging more and more atrocity trials for the Nazis, never protested, and still keep a conspiracy of silence around the most shocking of all atrocities committed by our Lend-Lease Pals, the Soviets.
But in flickers here and there, the terrifying facts shimmer through. On April1, 1966 Time Magazine, in its review of Cornelius Ryan's The Last Battle (Simon and Schuster), should shock the Red appeasers with the following passages, which may well serve as an introduction to this re-published "Ravishing the Women of Conquered Europe." They read as follows:
Berlin (as the Reds approached in 1945) had become virtually a city without men. Out of the civilian population of about 2.700.000 ... roughly 2.000.000 were women. Small wonder that the fear of sexual attack raced through the city like a plague ... doctors were besieged by patients seeking information about the quickest way to commit suicide, and poison was in great demand.
When the Reds had the city, this terror became unspeakable reality. Time says:
The later waves of Soviet soldiers went wild. Rape, plunder and suicide became commonplace. Soldiers entered the Hous Dahlem, an orphanage, maternity hospital and foundling home, and repeatedly raped pregnant women and those who had recently given birth. Al told, the number of rape victims in Berlin - ranging from women of 70 to little girls of ten - will never be known, although Ryan reports estimates from doctors that run from 20.000 to 100.000.
In short, a fate worse than death, the biggest mass rape in Christian history, is what our Second Crusade and Unconditional Surrenderism occasioned for the women of half Germany, of Austria, and of Hungary.
Our fellow re-educators of Germany, our Russian allies, entered Danzig, March 24, 1945. A 50 year old Danzig teacher reports that the following day her niece, 15, was raped seven times, her other niece, 22, fifteen times. A Russian officer told the women to seek safety in the Cathedral. After they were securely in, our brothers-in-arms entered, and playing the organ and ringing the bells, kept up a foul orgy throughout the night, raping all the women, some more than thirty times. (See Nord-Amerika, Dec. 6, 1945, p.1). Surely, that's a wonderful time - for the fellows helping us try the Germans at Nuremberg!
Dr. O., a Catholic pastor of Danzig, declares, "They violated even eight year-old girls and shot boys who tried to shield their mothers".
A Russian general said to Lieut. General Ira Eaker, commander of the Mediterranean Allied Air Forces, "We've decided just to kill all the German men, take 17.000.000 German women and that will solve it" (San Antonio Light, June 14, 1945).
And these beloved fellow-liberators of ours are doing very well indeed. They know why one wants Unconditional Surrender and why Americans cried for a "harsh" peace against the Germans, and they understand the spirit of the Morgenthau plan: In Vienna alone they raped 100.000 women, not once but many times, including girls not yet in their teens, and aged women! So reported the Most Rev. Bernard Griffin, British Archbishop (now Cardinal) after a more or less official tour to study conditions in Europe (NC Report, Oct. 18, 1945).
A Lutheran pastor, in a letter of Aug. 7, 1945, to the Bishop of Chichester, England, describes how a fellow pastor's "two daughters and grandchild (ten years of age) suffer from gonorrhoea, result of rape, and how his mother, eighty three years of age, died of consequences of rape", and how "Mrs. N. was killed when she resisted an attempt to rape her", while her daughter was "raped and deported, allegedly to Omsk, Siberia, for indoctrination" (see Tablet, Oct. 27, 1945). Indeed, the re-educators of Germany are having a wonderful time! And the Morgenthau Planners and the "harsh" peace boys are leering with joy!
The day after our noble fellow-crusaders conquered Neisse, Silesia, 182 Catholic nuns were raped. "In the Diocese of Kattowitz sixty-six pregnant nuns were counted". In one Convent when the Mother Superior and her assistant tried to protect the younger nuns with outstretched arms, they were shot down. The priest who reported this said that he knows "several villages, where all the women, even the aged and girls as young as twelve, were violated daily for weeks by the Russians". (See Nord-Amerika, Nov. 1, 1945).
"We Allies are no monsters", said Churchill to the Germans in January, 1945. "This, at least, I can say on behalf of the United Nations, to Germany and Japan immense and immediate alleviation of suffering and agony". (Time, Jan. 29, 1945).
"Oh, Yeah!" as a newsboy would say. Since that time the Allies who are "no monsters" have raped more Christian women than have literately ever before been raped in the history of the world. They have put Germany on a 1300-calory starvation level; they have looted twelve million people of their homes, goods, food and even clothing and driven them from their homelands; they have kept or taken one-fourth of their farmland and their ships and their factories and most of their farm implements and then told them to live by farming; they have abused and starved to death more German babies than there ever were Jews in Germany; and finally they raped and debauched hundreds of thousands of German, Austrian and Hungarian girls and women from eight to eighty. They brought to their death five times as many Germans in one year of peace as died during five years of war! Yes! Yes of course, "We Allies are no monsters!".
After British Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin saw what the Allies were doing to "some 15 million German displaced persons", that had been looted and driven from their homes, he cried in Parliament, "I felt, my God, that is the price of man's stupidity ... It was the most awful sight" (Time, Nov. 5, 1945, p.30). But he is wrong in calling it "man's stupidity" - it is the Big Three lust for injustice; it is their lust for a "harsh", power-political peace, that's what it is. It's a crime, not stupidity!
Time Magazine (Oct. 2, 1945, p.27), describing the mass expulsion "of at least nine million Germans from East Prussia, Danzig, Silesia, Pomerania and the Sudetenland" says, "it is a tale of horror, old men starving on the roads, young girls raped in box carts". And the bold crusaders who were doing this raping have the shamelessness of trying whole classes of Germans as war criminals!
Sylvester C. Michelfelder, a Lutheran Pastor, just returned from Germany describes in the Christian Century:
Bands of irresponsible bandits in Russian or American uniforms pillage and rob the trains. Women and girls are violated in sight of everyone. They are stripped of their clothes.
Yes, the holy re-educators of Germany are having a wonderful time!
So much so that His Holiness Pope Pius XII in a letter to Cardinal Michael von Faulhaber lamented ...
... the base injuries and misadventures which German women and girls have had to suffer (NC, Vatican City), (See Dubuque Witness, Jan. 10, 1946.
The Vatican Radio (AP, London, April 27, 1946) charged that in the Russian occupation zone of eastern Germany cries for help are going up from "girls and women who are being brutally raped and whose bodily and spiritual health is completely shaken ..."
Imagine what the whole crusading American press and radio commentators would have made of this, had the Pope said it of French women during the German occupation! But, unfortunately for them, the Pope couldn't say that because those 'wicked' Germans committed less rape than even our "dear boys". So, our holy crusading press and radio commentators keep screeching about the concentration camps (where no women were raped) and are silent about the vast and worse concentration camp our Morgenthau Plan has made out of all of Germany, Austria and Hungary.
Though to compare the conduct of our armies with the bestiality of the Russians would be sacrilegious, our armies too, are reported as having a "wonderful time", debauching conquered women. John dos Passos (Life, Jan. 7, 1946, p.23) quotes a "red-faced major" as saying, "Lust, liquor and loot are the soldiers pay". A serviceman writes, "Many a sane American family would recoil in horror if they knew how 'Our Boys' conduct themselves, with such complete callousness in human relationships, over here" (Time, Nov. 12, 1945).
An army sergeant writes, "Our own Army and the British Army along with ours have done their share of looting and raping ... This offensive attitude among our troops is not at all general, but the percentage is large enough to have given our Army a pretty black name, and we too are considered an army of rapists" (Time, Sept. 17, 1945).
The implication of these letters must make the gods of hell guffaw, for it is to be remembered that these boys were lend-leased into the war in order to teach the Germans Christianity and to bring them and the world the Four Freedoms and the Atlantic Charter! As soon as the government had lend-leased them into the war to bring Germans Christianity it issued its "modern crusaders" (as even Archbishop Spellman called them) "50.000.000 prophylactics a month" (Time, Sept. 3, 1945), and then subjected them to "shocking indoctrination ... in practices held by decent citizens to be immoral", as Bishop Michael J. Ready charged (NCWC News, Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 30, 1945).
Equipped, therefore, with fifty million immoral prophylactics and graphically instructed in their use, the modern crusaders swarmed in to teach the Germans Christianity - and to have a wonderful time. Their government furthermore instructed them that marriage with the inferior-blooded Germans was absolutely forbidden but having illegitimate children with German women (whose husbands and boyfriends were being conveniently held as slave labourers) could count on allowance money (See AP Dispatch, Berlin, Sept. 12, 1945. "German-American Marriages Forbidden").
A good time was thus assured for the noble crusaders - provide only German women would pprove "cooperative". Quite sincerely and gratifying it can be said that for the Americans and the British to have a "wonderful time" much depended on the "cooperativeness" of the German and Austrian women. As we have seen, this is not needed for the Russians. They simply rape any woman from eight years up and if a German man or woman kills a Russian soldier for anything, including rape, "50 former Nazis would be killed for each incident" (Time, June 11, 1945).
Nor was "Fraeulein" lack of cooperativeness an obstacle to a good time for all of the troops under General Eisenhower's command. According to testimony given in the Senate on July 17, 1945, when the French colonial troops under his command entered the German city of Stuttgart, they herded German women into the subways and raped some two thousand of them. Even a PM reporter "reluctantly confirmed the story in its major details" (See Peace Action, July, 1945). It will be remembered that one of the chief charges for which Yamashita was hanged by our crusaders was that troops under his command had in the last desperate days, after American troops had severed his line of communication with them, raped twenty-five Manila "beauties".
In Stuttgart, troops under Eisenhower's command, with whom his communications were not severed, raped more women in one week in one city than troops under Hitler's command seem to have raped in four years in all of France. For such literately seems to be the facts, however discomforting to decent Americans. The bewildering fact is emerging that the German troops of occupation, 7.000.000 of whom, according to an AP Nuremberg Dispatch of February 28, 1946, Justice Robert H. Jackson, chief US prosecutor, wants outlawed and presumably executed as war criminals, were the most decent large-quantity troops of World War II.
That they did far less raping and looting than the Allied troops can no longer be questioned.
In their behaviour towards the women of conquered territories, the German troops seem actually to have been the most correct and decent in the whole history of warfare. William Shirer, in his Berlin Diary, on June 17, 1940, in the first flush of German occupation, described how many French women had fled Paris for fear of the Germans. He wrote:
It seems the Parisians actually believed the Germans would rape the women and do worse to men ... The ones who stayed are all the more amazed at the very correct behaviour of the troops - so far. (p. 412)
After four years of German occupation, Frederick C. Crawford, president of Thompson Products, on January 4, 1945, in a "Report from the War Front", where, with others, the War Department had taken on an inspection tour, said:
The Germans tried to be careful in their dealings with the people ... We were told that if a citizen attended strictly to business and took no political or underground action against the occupying army, he was treated with correctness. (p. 5)
In short, wherever Americans have been able to investigate for themselves, they found that however ruthless the Germans were with resisters and saboteurs, they were uncommonly Christian and decent towards the women of the conquered. They seem to have committed no more rape in conquered territories than American troops committed right here at home and in fellow-allied countries.
However, one can insist gratefully, in the matter of rape, American (and British) occupation troops in Germany have not been notoriously bad. In that respect it seems true to say what novelist John dos Passos said of looting:
When Americans looted they took cameras and valuables, but when the Russians looted they took everything. And they raped and killed. (Life, Jan. 7, 1946, p.24).
The nasty charge that seems justified is that the American government and army authorities and too many of the soldiers seem to regard German women as fair objects of insult and debauchery, deprived of respect and rights by unconditional surrender. There is too much of the spirit typified by one Allied Military Government head in Munich who said, "Rights? You have no rights. You're conquered, ya hear?" (New Republic, July 16, 1945, p.65). And by Admiral Bull Halsey's after-dinner remark to Washington newspapermen regarding Japanese women, "I hate Japs. I'm telling you men that if I meet a pregnant Japanese woman, I'd kick her in the belly".
The troops seem to treat German women so regularly and insultingly as prostitutes that if their wives were brought they would have to wear uniforms because "The GIs did not want their wives mistaken for Fraeulines by other occupying troops" (INS, London, Jan. 31, 1946). If even in France "some Frenchmen began carrying truncheons at night to protect their wives and sisters from GIs insults", according to Time (Nov.19, 1945), one can imagine how the re-educators act in Ger4many, where one serviceman writes that he shivers "at the apparent absence of basic human decency displayed by so many GIs" (Time, Nov. 12, 1945). "That's the way it is," said the captain, "Americans look on the German women as loot, just like cameras and Lugers" (N.Y. World Telegram, January 21, 1945)!
The fact is that our Morgenthau-minded government, directly after unconditional surrender, destroyed and looted Germany's factories, took away Germany's shipping, ripped the country into uneconomic sections, directed the territorial robbery of one-fourth of Germany's arable land; approved the expulsion of twelve million people to the rump state; and justified the looting of tools and machinery as reparations - so that the starvation of the people became inevitable and must be called deliberate. It is hard to escape the conclusion that this planned policy of starvation was to some extent leeringly done to make German women the easy prey of the occupying army's debauchery. At any rate, that is what the American- Morgenthau-Potsdam policy has accomplished.
So scholarly and careful a man as Dr. George N. Shuster, president of Hunter College, writes after a visit to the American zone,
You have said it all when you say that Europe is now a place where woman has lost her perennial fight for decency, because the indecent alone live. (Catholic Digest, Dec. 1945. p. 82).
Our government, along with the Russian and the British, has so stifled German trade, industry and agriculture, that one can almost assert that the only German mothers who can keep their young children alive are those who themselves or whose sisters become mistresses of our occupying troops. By our official admission we have brought Germany down to a daily food level of from 700 to 1500 calories, which is less than an American breakfast, and which leads to sure gradual death.
Some of our own Senators have declared this starvation planned and deliberate. In fact, so determined are our policy makers to starve the conquered that they have callously prohibited even private charity. "For the first time in the history of Christian nations<" writes Bishop Aloisius Muench of Fargo, North Dakota, "powerful governments are making the exercise of Christian charity impossible through official regulations" (One World in Charity, Lent. 1946, p.1).
Beginning April 1, after much humanitarian pressure, the government is permitting, not welcoming, relief of 20.000 tons a month. That is equal to two ounces a person, not a day, or a week, but a month! It is a hypocritical token relief to hush up the Christian-minded and thereby a smoke screen to secure, for a fatal while longer, the Morgenthau starvation of the conquered, which certainly and, it seems, calculatingly drove the conquered women, while their men are kept as slave labourers, into satisfying the lust of the occupying soldiers to the point of making rape superfluous.
The Christian Century reports, "the American Provost Marshal, Lieutenant Colonel Gerald F. Beane, said that rape presents no problem to the Military Police because a bit of food, a bar of chocolate, or a bar of soap, seem to make rape unnecessary. Think that over, if you want to understand what the situation is in Germany " (Dec. 5, 1945). Dr. Shuster says, "Except for those who can establish contact with members of the armed forces, Germans can get nothing, from soap to shoes" (op. cit., p.83).
No wonder "young girls, unattached, wander about and freely offer themselves for food or bed ... very simply they have one thing left to sell, and they sell it ... as a way of dying it may be worse than starvation, but it will put off dying for months - or even years" (L.J. Filewood in the Weekly Review, London, Oct. 25, 1945). Upon these desperate starving women, our occupying troops, lend-leased into the war to make Germans Christians, are allowed to pounce like lustful wolves. Of German women, Harry Flannery (Assignment to Berlin, 1942, p.113) said that in spite of the fact that one or two Nazi leaders suggested to German girls that to be the unwed mother of a soldier is no shame, the German birth-rate remained largely a family birth-rate "since the Germans are basically a moral people".
Even the notorious Nazi unwed mother (Lebensborn) policy seduced only 250.00 German girls to become "victory chippies" (Reader's Digest, May, 1946, p.7).
Now, however, after a year of Allied occupation and starvation, Maj. Claude M. Eberhart, venereal disease control officer, declares:
Food shortages, as they grow worse, will increase the promiscuity of girls, who will become more willing to sell themselves for chocolate bars and the necessities of life which soldiers can provide. (AP, Frankfurt, April 25,1946).
Said a hollow-eyed German soldier, finally released, "I came home and find my family's house gone. American bombing. I find my girl living with American officer for the food he can give her" ("We are Bungling the Job in Germany," Reader's Digest, Feb. 1946,p.88).
Because of "the striking number of high-ranking officers in residence with mistresses of vanished Nazi big-wigs," even some discerning GIs called our rule in Germany and Austria "the government of interpreters and mistresses" (Time, Oct. 15, 1945). During the first six months of the American occupation, according to Dr. G. Stewart, in a health statement added to the Eisenhower report, venereal disease jumped to twenty times its former level in Germany! Truly, the Christianity- bringers are having a wonderful time debauching the deliberately starved women of the conquered nations! After unconditional surrender the GI venereal disease rate began to rise from 48 per thousand to 128 per thousand (Time, Sept. 3, 1945). By December, according to Major Eberhart, "the average number of soldier cases throughout the theatre was 225 per thousand" (AP, April 25, 1946)!
Nevertheless, in spite of this deliberately planned or encouraged, and certainly tolerated debauchery of German and Austrian women by occupation troops under American command, the American and British occupation cannot be compared to the shocking bestiality of the Russian occupation. Women in the American and British zones at least are usually given the heroic choice of death by starvation to violation. Not so the German, Austrian and Hungarian women in the Russian zone. Not even nuns are spared. Monsignor Mathew Smith, fact-minded Catholic columnist, returning from the recent consistory of Cardinals in Rome, declared bitterly, "Hundreds of nuns have been violated" by "the Russian barbarians" (Listening In, March 15, 1946). Imagine how the American press would have screeched, even the war-time religious press, if the Germans had violated nuns! But they didn't!. That atrocity was left for our fellow-prosecutors of the Germans.
The Nazis killed saboteurs and spies. The Russians killed girls and nuns who resisted rape! In Silesia.
... many girls and women are violated ... and a great number of them lost their lives in the struggle to defend themselves against attacks. Among those killed were nuns and a number of priests who sought to shield the women and Religious. The names of 42 priests who have been massacred are known. (MC, Paris, Dec. 10, 1945).
When, with our help, the Russians took Berlin they perpetrated the worse orgy of rape in the history of Christian Europe. Our armies carefully waited outside so as not to interrupt this orgy of rape and loot! And this abuse of German women became the order of the day. It went on right under President Truman's eyes at the Potsdam conference, where he gleefully decided that:
The German people are beginning to atone for the crimes of the gangsters whom they placed in power and wholeheartedly approve and obediently followed (Dept. of State Bulletin, Aug. 12, 1945, p.208)
What gangsters? Have the abettors of the most beastly and large-scale rape in history a right to call anyone else gangsters? The Swiss newspaper Weltwoche (Jan. 11, 1946) relates how when recently three theatre goers, an American, a German, and a Russian called on the star during intermission, she said, "Excuse me for looking so bad, but I was raped twice coming here and so suffered a nervous collapse". And the Swiss reporter goes on to say that it is so customary in Berlin for women to be raped, coming and going, that one hardly notices it anymore! And President Truman sees all that, drinks champagne with Stalin, and agrees to rob and expel twelve million German men, women and children from their homes and homelands as a punishment for so-called German crimes! Where is American chivalry gone to? What if our women were so treated? "When you hear the tales of the brutalizing of women from the eastern front," writes novelist dos Passos, "you think with a shudder of those you love and cherish at home". (Life, op. cit.) If a conqueror violated our women, then we would begin to understand what real atrocities are. Perhaps it will come someday. If it does, we will have deserved it, we who screamed when the Germans executed the British-sent murders of a governor and those that concealed them, at Lidice, and don't raise a whimper when the Russians violate a million women and hundreds of nuns!
"We Allies are no monsters," said Churchill, "and we come to liberate you, especially you, Austrians!" Well, a British chaplain reports that in one Austrian town he knew of, there were 3000 women under treatment for rape (Listening In op. cit.). In Vienna, supplementing Cardinal Griffin's charge that 100.000 women had been raped many times, John dos Passos, three months in Europe as a correspondent for Life, reports:
The Viennese tell you of the savagery of the Russian armies. They came like the ancient Mongol hordes out of the steepes, with the flimsiest supply. The people in the working-class districts had felt that when the Russians came that they at least would be spared. But not at all. In the working-class districts the troops were allowed to rape and murder and loot at will. When the victims complained, the Russians answered, "You are too well off to be workers. You are bourgeoisie" (op. cit., p.24)
And we have asked these people to help us prosecute seven million Germans for alleged war crimes!
In Hungary something dramatic enough finally happened to get some little space in the daily press. An Hungarian bishop was shot! That was something. For years the Nazis had been cursed as savage anti-Christians - but in all that time they had not killed one single bishop, and in fact not even put one single bishop in jail! Here, now, the holy crusaders for Christianity had shot a bishop. Even then the story came out as a sort of compliment to the Russians, headlined: "Reds Punish Men Who Killed Bishop". Recently, in Rome, Cardinal Mindszenty explained that :
... Bishop William Apor of Gyoer, and 53 priests were killed by the Russians ... The Bishop was killed when he tried to protect a group of women and children who had taken refuge in his palace. (Tablet, March 2, 1946).
Last summer the KAP News Service carried a report by the Swiss Legation, therefore as reliable a source as is possible, in which we read:
Beside looting, it is especially the raping of women which has caused the most suffering to the Hungarian population. These violations were so general (from the age of 10 up to 70 years) that there are practically few women in Hungary who could escape this fate. Acts of incredible brutality have been registered and many women prefer to commit suicide in order to escape monstrosities. Even now, when order is more or less re-established, Russian soldiers will watch houses where women live and they will return there at night to take them away. (Tablet, July 28, 1945)
These things should make any decent American sick to death. Christian Europe had never before experienced such far-flung violation of its women. When, in 1683, the Mohammedans threatened such a fate to European women at the gates of Vienna, Christian Europe rose horrified to prevent such a mass atrocity.
It was left for America, not only to bomb Monte Casino and Rome, to wreck more churches than any vandals have ever wrecked, to blast a whole city of women and children merely to try out a new weapon, but also to apply to a whole Christian people the policy of unconditional surrender in such a way as to cause them to be helplessly looted and raped by the most vicious totalitarian hordes of all time - and to invite these mass violators of women as sanctified fellow-persecutors of what now emerges as the most decent army of World War II.
In fact, as a reward, it would seem, for their mass looting and raping all over central Europe, our other partner, Britain, through its Foreign Secretary Bevin, as late as March 16, 1946, offered the Russian looters an "extension of the Anglo-Soviet treaty to 50 years". Think of that! If the mass violation of women is nauseating, supporting the violators with military alliances should make even the beasts of the jungle cry "shame".
Truly, the self-appointed re-educators of the Germans are having a wonderful time - growing more and more foul!
The apostolic "Four Freedoms" interventionists have brought Christian women the foulest mass tragedy in History. The Pope, the German bishops, two or three bishops here and in Britain, the Quakers, a few clergymen, scholars and socialists protest in agony - but the self-righteous re-educators of Germany leeringly cry for more harsh peace, and work unctuously to bring Spain's Christian women to the same debauchery!
If we let them, they will finally bring our own to it!
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