Originally posted by @shavixmir
Talk about a light-hearted subject for a Monday morning...
Some figures perhaps. Estimations vary, but at the high end of the spectrum it’s roughly: 800.000 German women raped by Western forces. 1.200.000 German women raped & raped-murdered by Soviet forces.
Quite staggering considering it happens within, roughly, a 8 month period.
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I believe it was banned in Germany for quite some time. Well worth at least watching the movie.
I believe that I have read much more about this subject than everyone else here.
"It’s called “A woman in Berlin” (something like that anyway). It’s a true account by
a German journalist of what life was like the Summer after Berlin fell."
_Eine Frau in BerlIn_ by an anonymous woman, who was later identified as Marta Hillers (1911-2001).
A biography (which I own) of her has been published in German (no English translation).
"I believe it was banned in Germany for quite some time."
FALSE. It never was banned in Germany. It was first published in English.
After it was published in Germany in 1959, the anonymous author was accused of
'besmirching the honour of German women'. Stung by that harsh criticism, Marta Hillers
refused to allow another edition to be published in her lifetime. I was among the probably
few people who read and appreciated her memoir before it was reprinted after her death.
Some Russian nationalists like to claim that the book must be a fabrication libeling heroic Soviet soldiers.
So the book may be banned in Russia today.
"Well worth at least watching the movie."
The film does not follow the book very closely, and it departs from it sometimes for apparently no good reason.
For instance, in her book, she wrote that the first time that she was raped, it was by two men.
Then a Soviet woman soldier walked by and noticed that she was being raped.
The Soviet woman offered no sympathy and just laughed at the raped German woman.
The film changes this scene to having her raped by only one soldier with no witnesses.
I believe that it would have better to leave the scene as the author had described it.