Crimes Unspoken

The rape of German women at the end of World War II

Original Title: Als die Soldaten kamen

Hardcover with jacket, 352 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-421-04633-8
€ 21.99 [D] | € 22.70 [A] | CHF 30.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: DVA Sachbuch

Date of publication: March 2, 2015
This title is available.

Kundenrezensionen: 5 Sterne (6)


Rights sold to: Czech Republic (Rybka), Estonia (Tänapäev), Finland (Minerva), Poland (Bellona), Russia (Rosspen), Sweden (Karneval), Turkey (Astana), UK/World Engl. (Polity)

Selected by New Books in German

Miriam  Gebhardt - Crimes Unspoken


"A harrowing and highly recommended work of scholarship."

Times Higher Education

"[…] an important, meticulously researched book."


"[…] a profound analysis of what happened around 1945 - events casting their shadow right down to the present day."

"Gebhardt presents some harrowing truths about the behaviour of allied soldiers (...) and her account will attract significant interest in Britain and the USA."

New Books in German

"This remarkable book […] proves that the accepted stereotype – [...] Russians were rapists and Americans liberators – will not stand up to [...] historical research."

ZDF heute journal

"These disturbing events are described clearly and interestingly, and are organised in a scholarly manner. In spite of the topic, a book worth reading."

Neues Deutschland

"Miriam Gebhardt provides here an overdue elucidation, formulated with verve and assertion."

Der Tagesspiegel

"This book is a pioneer work."

Eßlinger Zeitung

"A compassionate book written for a broad public."

Deutschlandfunk - Andruck

"There is very little reliable data on the rape of German and Austrian women by Allied soldiers. This makes it all the more an impressive service … that Gebhardt has done in researching this mass phenomenon."

Die Presse (A)

"The historian Miriam Gebhardt has earned great recognition in revealing these events – in particular because she presents the facts without prematurely interpreting them." – Das evangelische Online-Magazin

"A readable and valuable investigation on this dark chapter of the liberation from National Socialism."

Die Presse

"With her well-researched book, Miriam Gebhardt has provided an unprecedented discriminating and comprehensive analysis of a theme thus far ignored in historical scholarship."


"With her book When the Soldiers Came, Miriam Gebhardt has presented pioneer work on a suppressed subject."

NZZ Geschichte (CH)

"A book to be highly recommended."

Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft

"Through moving individual fates, the author portrays the burden that this women’s generation carries with it and still carries."

GiP Gleichstellung in der Praxis


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