This video is not intended to excuse the Germans, but it does not hesitate to expose the victorious Allies in their treatment of the enemy at the peace, for in most cases it was not the criminals who were raped, starved, tortured or bludgeoned to death but women, children and old men. What needs to be recognized here is the way that many people were allowed to exact revenge by military commanders, even by government ministers; and that when they did so they often killed the innocent, not the guilty.
It is true that some of the old men and a lot of the women had voted for Hitler, but it should be recalled once again that he never achieved more than 37.4% of the vote in a free election, and in the last one he was down to 33.1%. This clearly indicates that even at his most popular, 62.6% of the German electorate were unmoved by Adolf Hitler's program.
Then why were the entire German people chastised and brutally punished in 1945 and later?
Some people are of the view that, given the wartime misdeeds of the Nazis, some degree of vengeful violence against the defeated Germans was inevitable and, perhaps, justified. A common response to reports of Allied atrocities is to say that the Germans “deserved what they got.” But however valid that argument might be, the appalling cruelties inflicted on the totally prostrate German people went far beyond any understandable retribution.
During the last months of the war, the ancient German city of Königsberg in East Prussia held out as a strongly defended urban fortress. After repeated attack and siege by the Red Army, it finally surrendered in early April 1945. Soviet troops then ravished the civilian population. The people were beaten, robbed, killed and, if female, raped. The rape victims included nuns. Even hospital patients were robbed of their possessions. Bunkers and shelters, packed with terrified people huddling inside, were torched with flame-throwers. About 40,000 of the city’s population were killed, or took their own lives to escape the horrors, and the remaining 73,000 Germans were brutally deported.
The onslaught of rape by invading Russian forces is, of course, infamous. In the Russian zone of Austria, rape was part of daily life until 1947 and many women were riddled with VD and had no means to cure it. Conservative estimates place the number of Berlin women raped at 20,000.
American soldiers were most instrumental in widespread sexual exploitation of starving women who "voluntarily" sold sexual services for food. In "Gruesome Harvest", the author quotes from an article in the Christian Century for December 5, 1945: "The American provost marshals said that rape represents no problem for the military police because 'a bit of food, a bar of chocolate, or a bar of soap seems to make rape unnecessary."
Here is a little video of what happened to in Germany after it lost the war.