February 6, 2015
A new book alleges that at least 400,000 children were fathered by troops of foreign armies who impregnated German women. These were mostly from Soviets raping women, but also from love affairs German women engaged in with handsome American and British soldiers.
University historians in the German cities of Jena and Magdeburg conclude that only France helped children fathered by its occupying troops. Many of those born to German mothers in four occupation zones suffered ostracism their whole lives.
The study to be published next Monday in a German-language book whose title translates as “Bastards, the children of occupation in Germany after 1945” found that at least 300,000 children were fathered by occupying Soviet Red Army soldiers.
Rapes perpetrated on German women occurred in all four zones, including forced sex by members of French and US units. Only a few cases by British troops were uncovered.
The first of these children were born around Christmas 1945.
The researchers deduced the Soviet zone child figure from a count of up to two million rapes allegedly committed by Red Army soldiers.
Love affairs, ostracized
Professors Silke Satjukow of the University of Magdeburg and Rainer Gries of the University of Jena said “numerous thousands” of children were also born to German women who had love affairs with foreign troops.
“The ‘occupation children’ long remained unmentioned after the war,” said Gries.
“The children were ostracized because in the eyes of society they born amid a burden of guilt,” Satjukow said.
Those two million rapes are definitely a part of Soviet history Russia would rather forget – or rather, never remember in the first place. But it is also notable that it was Jews at the head of most or all of these rape units.