After World War II, 12 to 14 million German people—including women and children under the age of sixteen—were brutally driven from their homes. Some historians place the figure as high as fifteen million.
During the expulsion, thousands lost their lives from starvation, disease, and ill-treatment. Some died in wagons without food, water, or heating during long trips; others collapsed by the roadside. The death estimate is between 500,000 and 1.5 million. Other historians estimate that the figure amounts to 2 million.
Moreover, thousands upon thousands of children were separated from their families. Historian R. M. Douglas notes that many of these issues are not discussed among popular historians and even ignored in some scholarly circles.
By June 1945, ordinary Germans were forced out of their homes and made to walk hundreds of miles with no food and water. One survivor wrote,
“Many weak and sick people, old folks and children had to be left on the road dead. It was a lamentable procession of utmost misery…Heaven only knows how often we were plundered by Poles or Russians and how many times the women were assaulted again and again.”
Yet even after all these events, the vast majority of the ordinary Germans remained servile. Catholic priest Josef Neubauer, who was in one of those camps until November 1945, wrote:
“On June 27, 1945, I was suddenly ordered to the guard-room. There I was made to strip completely naked and was beaten with sticks and fists. As a result, one of my ribs was broken and my teeth were knocked out.
“I then received at the hand of my two tormentors another 50 strokes with a length of steel cable, the thickness of my thumb, on my stomach, back, chest and buttocks. I was made to count the blows myself. At the end of this beating, my entire body was bleeding.
“I told my tormentors that I forgave them and that God should not count it as a sin against them. They were baffled by this statement of mine and from that moment onward left me in peace.”
Most of the German men could do nothing, and those who tried found themselves bleeding to death while their wives were raped in front of them. Following the rapes were countless unwanted babies. Ruth Friedrich observed that “there would be an epidemic of babies in six month’s time ‘who don’t know who their fathers are, are the products of violence; conceived in fear; and delivered in horror.”
Text source from Jonas E. Alexis: Raping German Women and Children as a Form of Revenge After WWII (Part I) | Sexual and Predatory Magnitude of the Allied Forces After WWII (Part II)
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