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Crimes Unspoken

Paperback By Miriam Gebhardt, Nick Somers
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The soldiers who occupied Germany after the Second World War were not only liberators: they also brought with them a new threat, as women throughout the country became victims of sexual violence. In this disturbing and carefully researched book, the historian Miriam Gebhardt reveals for the first time the scale of this human tragedy, which continued long after the hostilities had ended.

Discussion in recent years of the rape of German women committed at the end of the war has focused almost exclusively on the crimes committed by Soviet soldiers, but Gebhardt shows that this picture is misleading. Crimes were committed as much by the Western Allies – American, French and British – as by the members of the Red Army. Nor was the suffering limited to the immediate aftermath of the war. Gebhardt powerfully recounts how raped women continued to be the victims of doctors, who arbitrarily granted or refused abortions, welfare workers, who put pregnant women in homes, and wider society, which even today prefers to ignore these crimes.

Crimes Unspoken is the first historical account to expose the true extent of sexual violence in Germany at the end of the war, offering valuable new insight into a key period of 20th century history.

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Format: Paperback, 272 pages Language: English
Dimension: 22.35cm x 14.48cm x 2.03cm ISBN10: 1509541667
Weight: 431g ISBN13: 9781509541669
Publication Date: 03 Jan 2020 Publisher: Polity Press

About Author

Miriam Gebhardt is an historian and journalist who teaches at the University of Konstanz.

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