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
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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 new look at the abusers and the victims

The soldiers who defeated the Nazi regime at the end of World War II also brought new suffering to many women. Countless girls and women (and no few men as well) became the victims of sexual violence – all over the country. In contrast to a widely held belief, it was not just "the Russians" who were the offenders, but also American, French and British soldiers.

Using new source material, Miriam Gebhardt has outlined the extent of the violence during the period of occupation at the end of the war – the first historically founded treatment of this topic. She also impressively describes how these women later again became victims – of doctors who arbitrarily agreed to or turned down abortion; of social workers who put pregnant women into homes. And last but not least of a society that right down to the present day would prefer not to talk about the mass crimes, that would rather just forget about the whole business.

"A harrowing and highly recommended work of scholarship."

Times Higher Education


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