Rapine: German Women at the Mercy of their Conquerors during and after World War II
The Largest Mass Rape in History
By John Wear
War-related rape is a phenomenon that has existed everywhere throughout human history. Probably the worst example of war-related rape occurred against German women during and after World War II. At least 860,000 German women and young girls were raped at the end of World War II and in the post-war period by Allied soldiers and members of the occupying forces. Red Army soldiers, American GIs, British, French, Belgians, Poles, Czechs and Serbs all took advantage of the conquest of Germany to plunder and then to rape German women.
This article recounts some of the horrific rapes committed against German women by Allied soldiers during and after World War II.