Allied Atrocities

Thanks Willie Martin


> Just inside the east German border with Czechoslovakia,
> the town of
> Nemmersdorf was the first to fall into the hands of the
> victorious Red
> Army. Overrun by General Gatlitsky's 11th Guards Army, his
> soldiers,
> crazy with bloodlust, set about raping, looting and
> killing with such
> ferocity that eventually discipline had to be restored to
> force the
> soldiers back to fighting the war. From buildings, Russian
> signs were
> hung which read ' Soldiers! Majdanek does not forgive.
> Take revenge
> without mercy!'. When the Soviet 4th Army took over the
> town five days
> later, hardly a single inhabitant remained alive. Women
> were found
> nailed to barn doors after being stripped naked and gang
> raped, their
> bodies then used for target practice. Many women, and
> girls as young
> as eight years old, were raped so often and brutally that
> they died
> from this abuse alone. Children were shot indiscriminately
> and all
> those trying to flee were crushed to death under the
> treads of the
> Soviet tanks. Forty French prisoners-of-war were shot on
> the spot as
> spies after welcoming the Red Army as liberators. Seventy
> one women
> and one man were found in houses, all dead. All the women,
> including
> girls aged from eight to twelve, had been raped. In other
> East
> Prussian villages within the triangle
> Gumbinnen-Goldap-Ebenrode, the
> same scenes were witnessed, old men and boys being
> castrated and
> their eyes gouged out before being killed or burned alive.
> In nearby
> Metgethen, a suburb of Königsberg, recaptured by the
> German 5th Panzer
> Division, around 60 women were found in a demented state
> in a large
> villa. They had been raped on average 60 to 70 times a
> day. In nearly
> every home, the bodies of women and children were found
> raped and
> murdered. The bodies of two young women were found, their
> legs had
> been tied one limb each between two trucks, and then torn
> apart when
> the trucks were driven away in opposite directions. At
> Metgethen
> railway station, a refugee train from Konigsberg,
> consisting of seven
> passenger coaches, was found and in each compartment seven
> to nine
> bestially mutilated bodies were discovered. Alexander
> Solzhenitsyn, an
> ex captain in the Soviet Army, recalls, "All of us knew
> very well that
> if girls were German they could be raped and then shot.
> This was
> almost a combat distinction" (Details of these, and other
> attrocities,
> are contained in the Eastern Documentation Section of the
> German
> Federal Archives at Koblenz). **The orgy of rape by Soviet
> troops was
> far greater than at first believed. Even women and young
> girls, newly
> liberated from concentration camps in Poland and in
> Germany, were
> brutally violated.**
> (Sept. 18, 1941) During the Soviet army retreat in the
> direction of
> Yeletsk, the retreating soldiers came upon a small ravine
> between
> Chartsysk and Snizhy stations about sixty kilometres from
> the city
> of Stalino. The horrible sight that befell their eyes was
> the dead
> bodies of many children aged from 14 to 16 years that
> partly filled
> the ravine. They were dressed in the black uniform of the
> F.S.U. Trade
> and Craft School in Staline. It was discovered that the
> children were
> being evacuated from as the German army neared the city.
> After walking
> nearly 60 kilometres they became utterly exhausted and had
> begged for
> transport. Their guardians promised to send trucks but
> instead a
> detachment of Russian political police (NKVD) arrived.
> Carrying
> machine-guns, they starting shooting the children in cold
> blood and
> throwing the bodies into the ravine. The Soviet soldiers
> counted the
> bodies of 370 slain children.
> (Smolensk. 1939/40) In 1939, during the Russian invasion
> of Poland,
> some 14,500 Polish officers were captured and interned in
> three POW
> camps in the Soviet Union. The next time the world heard
> of these
> prisoners was a news broadcast on April 13, 1943, from
> Radio Berlin.
> It stated that the German Army had discovered mass graves
> at Katyn,
> 18 kilometres north-west of Smolensk, near the village of
> Gneizdovo and
> containing the bodies of Polish officers. Eight graves
> were opened and
> 4,253 bodies exhumed. All were dressed in Polish uniforms,
> with badges
> of rank and medals intact. No watches or rings were found
> on the
> corpses. It was established that the bodies were of Polish
> officers
> from the camp at Kozielsk, situated in the grounds of a
> former
> Monastery, near Orel. Two other camps, at Starobielsk
> (3,910 men) and
> at Ostashkov (6,500 men) were wound up and closed in the
> first days of
> April, 1940. Whatever happened to these 10,000 odd
> officers has never
> been established. They were never seen alive again. From
> evidence
> obtained after the war, all prisoners of Kozielsk camp
> were shot by
> Stalin's NKVD. On April 13, 1990, fifty years after the
> massacre, the
> USSR for the first time admitted its responsibility for
> the murders.
> The whole controversy was finally laid to rest when Boris
> Yeltsin,
> handed over the secret files on Katyn to the Polish
> president, Lech
> Walesa, on October 14, 1992. In May 1992, in a wood near
> Kharkov, a
> Russian private investigation team discovered a mass grave
> containing
> 3,891 bodies of Polish officers from the camp at
> Starobielsk in the
> Ukraine. In June of that year, Soviet authorities
> discovered 30 mass
> graves at Miednoje, one hundred miles north-west of
> Moscow. They
> contained the remains of 6,287 Polish prisoners from the
> Ostashkov
> island camp on Lake Seliguer. Before the massacre, 245
> officers from
> Kozielsk, 79 from Starobielsk and 124 from the camp at
> Ostashkor ,
> were transferred, for no apparent reason, to a camp at
> Pavlishchev Bor
> , a hundred miles north-west of the Kozielsk camp. These
> 448 officers
> proved to be the only survivors of the Katyn massacre. In
> other parts
> of the Katyn Forest, other graves were discovered
> containing the
> bodies of Russian political prisoners who were executed in
> pre-war
> days by the NKVD. It seems that the Katyn Forest was the
> main
> execution site for Stalin's secret police. (Not to be
> confused with
> the Khatyn murder site near Minsk).
> Shortly after the occupation of the town of Vinnitsa in
> July, 1941,
> the German troops discovered a mass grave in the courtyard
> of the
> town's prison. The grave, twenty metres long by six metres
> wide,
> contained the bodies of 96 Ukrainian political
> prisoners.They were
> killed when it was found impossible to evacuate them prior
> to the
> arrival of the German troops. Behind the prison, in
> another courtyard,
> a second mass grave was found but the bodies were not
> exhumed.
> However, persistent rumours among the civilian population
> of Vinnitsa
> resulted in the discovery of more graves at three
> different locations.
> In a pear orchard, 2kms outside the town, 38 mass graves
> were found,
> in the old cemetery 40 graves were discovered and in the
> People's Park
> another 35. Digging began on May 25, 1943 and it was soon
> established
> that the victims had died some five years before. The
> digging was
> interrupted some time later by adverse weather conditions.
> It was
> never resumed because the Red Army re-occupied the area
> soon after.
> By the time the Soviets entered the town, a total of 9,439
> corpses had
> already been counted. All had a bullet wound in the neck.
> Ukrainian
> witnesses testified that since 1938 until the arrival of
> the German
> troops in 1941, trucks kept coming and going day and night
> bringing
> dead bodies to the burial ground from the NKVD prisons in
> the area.
> Most of the victims were farmers and field workers
> (Kulaks) who were
> classed as 'enemies of the people' and who had resisted
> Stalin's
> collectivization policies.
> (June 22-29, 1941) During the week of 22/29 June, 1941,
> thousands of
> Ukrainian and Polish political prisoners were murdered in
> their cells
> by the Soviet NKVD (KGB). Soon after the German attack on
> the Soviet
> Union, the retreating Soviets had no time to care for
> their prisoners
> locked up in prisons in the Ukraine, so they were simply
> killed. In
> some cities the whole prison was set on fire and the
> helpless
> prisoners burned to death. In Lutsk, 2,800 out of the 4000
> inmates in
> prison, were murdered. When the German 49th Army Corps
> occupied the
> Polish-Ukrainian city of Lvov, now Limberg, around 2,400
> dead bodies
> were found by German troops in the NKVD prison. Some were
> killed by
> hand-grenades thrown into their cells, most were killed by
> a shot in
> the neck. In the cellars of the Brygidky prison, 423
> bodies were
> recovered. Hundreds more were piled up in the courtyard.
> In the
> military prison at Samarstinov, which had been set on
> fire, 460
> charred bodies were found, many showing signs of brutal
> torture.
> In the cellars, bodies were piled up layer upon layer
> almost to the
> ceiling. Owing to the stench of the decomposing corpses,
> the German
> commander of Lvov ordered all doors to the cellars bricked
> up after
> the bodies were covered with lime. Altogether, in the
> Ukraine, around
> 10,000 Ukrainian and Polish political prisoners were
> killed in their
> prisons. It is a sad fact that many members of the NKVD
> execution
> squads in the Ukraine, were Jewish collaborators. (A
> memorial plaque
> at the former headquarters of the NKVD/KGB in Simferpol,
> Ukraine,
> is engraved with the names of thirty NKVD agents who gave
> their lives
> in the Great Patriotic War (the Soviet name for World War
> 11). The
> amazing thing is that all thirty names are Jewish! About
> half a
> million Jews served in the Red Army and approximately
> 200,000 were
> killed. A total of 160,000 Jewish soldiers were decorated
> with Soviet
> awards, 145 recieving the highest Soviet award, the 'Hero
> of the
> Soviet Union'. Two Jewish women were also awarded this
> honour.
> Many Soviet soldiers, after capture, joined the Waffen SS,
> ie. the 30th
> SS Division was composed of such troops.
> Taken over by the Soviets after World War II, the former
> concentration
> camps of Buchenwald and Sachsenhausen became brutal
> Soviet-run
> prisons. Tens of thousands of German civilians were
> arrested during
> the Soviet occupation. Anyone, young or old, who had any
> connection
> with the Hitler regime, or showed signs of unfriendleness
> to the new
> communist rulers, were arrested and thrown into these
> camps without
> trial. Exposure, starvation and disease soon took their
> toll. After
> the collapse of the Communist Government in 1990
> investigations were
> undertaken to trace those many thousands who had simply
> disappeared.
> In 1991, escavations at Sachsenhausen uncovered around
> fifty mass
> graves 25feet by 13 feet wide. Digging revealed bodies
> stacked 15 feet
> and higher. It was reported by the Brandenburg State that
> the bodies
> of 25,500 persons were found at Sachsenhausen. In other
> mass graves,
> at Buchenwald, Fünfeichen, Lamsdorf and Ketschendorf, the
> German
> Government estimates that another 65,000 bodies will
> eventually be
> discovered.
> (Feb 18, 1943) The area of Grischino lies to the
> north-west of Stalino
> (now Donets) an important industrial region in the
> Ukraine. Occupied
> by German forces, it was recaptured by a Soviet armored
> division and
> again recaptured by the German 7th Armored Division during
> a
> counteroffensive in February, 1943. What they found was
> the bodies of
> 406 German soldiers (POWs), 58 members of the Todt
> Organization, 89
> Italian soldiers, 9 Romanian soldiers, 4 Hungarian
> soldiers and some
> civilian workers, Ukrainian volunteers and German nurses.
> A total of
> 596 souls had been killed. Most were shot after being
> dragged from
> their hiding places in cellars. Many of the bodies were
> horribly
> mutilated, ears and noses cut off and genital organs
> amputated and
> stuffed into their mouths. Breasts of some of the nurses
> were cut off,
> the women being brutally raped. In the cellar of the main
> train
> station around 120 Germans were herded into a large
> storage room and
> then mowed down with machine guns. It was realized that
> the 'Russians
> had killed every single German they had found there'. As
> with most
> massacres, there were survivors and in this case, civilian
> witnesses.
> The merciless revenge perpetrated on the entire German
> civilian
> population of Eastern Europe during the closing stages of
> the war, and
> for many months after, took the lives of over
> **2,100,000** ethnic
> German men, women and children. For generations these
> Germans
> had lived and toiled in areas that today are part of
> central and Eastern
> Europe. Around fifteen million of these Volksdeutsche were
> driven
> from their homes and ancestral lands and forced back into
> the Allied
> occupied zones of Germany. In Czechoslovakia, memories of
> the Lidice
> massacre inspired acts of revenge against German soldiers
> and
> civilians. Soldiers were disarmed, tied to stakes, doused
> with petrol
> and set alight. Wounded German soldiers from the hospital
> were hung
> up on lamposts in Wenzell Square and fires were lit
> beneath them so
> that they died the gruesome death of being roasted alive.
> These ethnic
> Germans lived in fear of the Russians but no one thought
> that the
> dreadful fate which awaited them would not even emanate
> from the
> Soviets at all. Thousands of innocent German residents
> were murdered
> in their homes by the Czechs, others were forced into
> interment camps
> where they were beaten and maltreated before being
> expelled. Bishop
> Beranek of Prague declared: 'If a Czech comes to me and
> confesses to
> having killed a German, I absolve him immediately'. The
> Americans,
> utterly blind to the political consequences of allowing
> the Soviets to
> liberate Czechoslovakia, halted at the
> Karlsbad-Pilsen-Budweis line.
> The Sudeten Germans now had no protection from the torrent
> of
> bestiality vented on them by the Czechs. In Brno, 25,000
> German
> civilians were forced marched at gun-point to the Austrian
> border.
> There, the Austrian guards refused them entry, the Czech
> guards
> refused to readmit them. Herded into an open field they
> died by the
> hundreds from hunger and cold before being rescued by the
> US 16th
> Tank Division on May 8th 1945. In the Russian occupied
> zones of
> Eastern Europe and in Germany, hundreds of thousands of
> civilian men
> and women, Poles,Czechs, Romanians and Germans, were
> transported
> to the Urals in the Soviet Union and used as slave
> labourers until released
> in the late 40s. Mostly ignored by the world's press, the
> unimaginable
> suffering experienced by the expellees is largely unknown
> outside
> Germany, yet it was systematically carried out in a brutal
> fashion as
> official Allied policy in accordance with the decisions
> formulated at
> Yalta and Potsdam.
> Around the small Bavarian village of Postberg
> (Postoloprty) in the
> province of Saazerland on the Bavarian-Czech border,
> hundreds of
> German men, women and children were shot to death during
> the Czech
> 'ethnic cleansing'. All German civilian residents in the
> province were
> rounded up by Czech soldiers and communist partisans and
> marched to
> a collection point in Postberg. There they were interned
> and beaten,
> many were executed. On September 17, 1947, a number of
> mass graves
> were discovered in and around Postberg. Thirty-four bodies
> were found
> in the village itself, another four nearby at Weinberg and
> twenty-six
> in an old sandpit at Schuladen. At Lewanitzer, 349 corpses
> were
> unearthed and another 103 bodies were exhumed from another
> mass
> grave. Ten corpses were found in a sand pit at Kreuz along
> with another
> 225 bodies in a mass grave at the local school. At the
> military barracks
> five bodies were found and seven buried in house No. 74.
> During
> investigations only one Czech, Vojtech Cerny, admitted to
> participating
> in the shootings and killing four Germans. In all, a total
> of 763 Germans
> were murdered. A law, passed by the Czech authorities (The
> Benesch law:
> No115/1946) stated that all Czech crimes against Germans
> were not legible
> to penalty.
> In the town of AUSSIG on the Elbe River, on July 31, 1945,
> there was
> an explosion at the town's cable works. The Czechs
> suspected sabotage
> on the part of the ethnic Germans. A blood-bath followed.
> Women and
> children were thrown from the Usti bridge into the river.
> Germans were
> shot dead on the streets. It was estimated that between
> 1,000 and
> 2,500 people were killed in this outburst of anger by
> Czech hooligans.
> Women and children were thrown from the Aussig-Usti Bridge
> into the
> river in a spontananeous outburst of anger and hate. In
> 1990, a plaque
> was placed on the bridge by the new government of
> President Vaclav
> Havel to commemorate the victims of this tragedy.
> (May, 1945) During the last days of the war, the Croatian
> armed
> forces, as well as tens of thousands of civilian refugees,
> fled
> towards Austria to escape the wrath of the Yugoslav
> communist
> partisans. In Austria, the British army was about to
> accept their
> surrender in a field at Bleiburg, on the Austrian-Slovenia
> border.
> In this huge open space was crowded an estimated 100,000
> Croatian
> troops and civilian refugees. In the woods surrounding the
> field,
> Titoist Partisans had infiltrated and set up defensive
> positions. As
> negotiations were proceeding for the Croatian troops to
> lay down their
> arms, the rattle of machine-gun fire was heard from the
> woods above.
> The crowd of troops and refugees, too densely packed to
> move freely,
> fell in droves as the machine-guns played their deadly
> fire back and
> forth. Within minutes, thousands of bodies lay dead or
> dying. To add
> to the horror, hundreds of horses, some still harnessed to
> their carts,
> panicked and dragged their wagons over the bodies of the
> fallen.
> Those that survived were simply driven back across the
> border
> to be dealt with by the waiting partisans. On other parts
> of the
> border, masses of Croatian soldiers and civilians were
> turned back
> after being disarmed by the British forces. Crammed into
> trains and
> military vehicles like sheep, they were told that they
> were being
> transported to camps in Italy. At the town of Maribor they
> were
> released from the transports and handed over to Tito's
> partisans,
> only to be shot down in their thousands in a massacre that
> lasted over
> a week. The 17th Partisan Assault Division, under the
> direction of
> Serbian officers, carried out the massacre of some 40,000
> persons in
> the Tezen Forest at Maribor. At Sestine, 5,000 were
> murdered, at Vrgin
> Most another 7,000 fell to the partisan's bullets. Untold
> thousands of
> Serbs and Slovene Home Guard (Domobranci) from the camp at
> Viktring
> in Austria were massacred in a most brutal fashion and
> their naked bodies
> thrown into a deep chasm at Kocevje after which grenades
> were thrown
> in. There were about three of four survivors from this
> massacre.
> In total, 12,196 Croats, 5,480 Serbs, 8,263 Slovenes and
> 400 Montenegrins
> were handed over to the partisans. It is estimated that
> around 180,000
> Croatian soldiers and civilian refugees were massacred by
> Tito's
> communists. Britain and the US relucantly agreed to these
> transfers
> but insisted that they should be carried out in an orderly
> and humane
> manner. Who was ultimately responsible for the carrying
> out of these
> forced repatriations? Winston Churchill had expressly
> forbidden the
> sending back of all those unwilling to go. Churchill's
> political advisor
> and Resident Minister at Field Marshal Alexander's
> headquarters,
> Harold MacMillan (future Prime Minister of GB), is the one
> that all
> evidence since unearthed, points to as being the one
> responsible for
> the order to force these thousands of unarmed soldiers and
> refugees
> back into the arms of Tito's communists. Unfortunately his
> reasons
> and motives for this shameful behavior of the British
> military authorities
> have gone to the grave with him.
> In 1999, during the construction of the Slovenian section
> of the
> Nuremberg to Zagreb Highway, between Pesnica and Slivnica
> , the
> bulldozers uncovered an anti-tank ditch containing the
> skulls of 1,179
> Croatian soldiers. This was only in a 60 metre section of
> the three
> kilometre long trench. At the time of the massacres, a
> state of war
> existed between Great Britain and Croatia and therefore
> these victims
> should have been granted prisoner-of-war status after
> their surrender
> and entitled to proper treatment under the Geneva
> Convention. Thus
> Britain broke the regulations of the Convention by sending
> these
> defenseless beings back to their deaths. To date, around
> 110 mass
> gravesites have been discovered in Slovenian territory
> since the fall
> of the communist regime in 1990.
> On July 1st 1941, around 180 German soldiers of the 2nd
> and 6th
> Infantry Regiments and the 5th Artillery Regiment were
> taken prisoner
> by the Red Army in the town of Broniki. Most were
> suffering from
> battle wounds. Next day, the 2nd of July, advancing
> Wehrmacht troops
> discovered 153 bodies in a clover field near the town. All
> had been
> brutally murdered. According to the twelve survivors of
> the massacre,
> they were taken to the field just off the main road and
> forced to
> undress. All valuables such as money, rings, watches as
> well as their
> uniforms, shirts and shoes were stolen. Standing there
> naked, the
> prisoners were then fired upon by machine guns and
> automatic rifles.
> A few managed to escape by fleeing to the nearby woods.
> Similar reports
> from other regiments gave rise to the suspicion that the
> Soviets, in the
> early stages of the war, were not taking any prisoners.
> There was a
> division order, according to which every Russian soldier
> who shoots
> twenty German soldiers, received a three day leave pass to
> go home.
> He also was decorated and raised in rank.
> (Dec. 29, 1941) On the shores of the Black Sea, on the
> Crimean
> Peninsula, stands the port city of Feodosia. On the 3rd of
> November
> the city was captured by the German 46th and 170th
> Infantry Divisions.
> As the attack on Sevastopol was about to take place, most
> of the
> German forces were withdrawn to concentrate on the
> forthcoming battle.
> Left behind in the city were a small detachment of troops
> and all the
> wounded soldiers convalescing in the city's hospitals. On
> the afternoon
> of December 29, the city was bombarded by the Soviet Black
> Sea Fleet
> and a landing was made by Soviet marines followed by
> infantry. On the
> 18th of January, 1942, after their failure to capture
> Sevastopol, the German
> Wehrmacht was able to return an recapture Feodosia. They
> found that most
> of the German military personnel had been murdered.
> Wounded soldiers
> had been thrown out of the windows of the hospital to make
> room for Russian
> wounded. Water was then poured on the near dead bodies and
> then left to
> freeze. On the beach, piles of bodies were found where
> they were thrown
> from a wall several metres high after being beaten and
> mutilated, their bodies
> left in the surf so that the sea water froze and covered
> them with a sheet of ice.
> There were some twelve survivors who had hidden in cellars
> when the
> Russian troops arrived. Their testimony before a German
> court of
> inquiry confirmed that some 160 wounded soldiers were
> liquidated this
> way
> (USSR February 16/17, 1944) During a violent blizzard on
> the night of
> Feb.16, five divisions of General Hube's 8th Army,
> including the 5th
> SS Division 'Viking' and the Belgian Volunteer Brigade '
> Wallonie ',
> made a last desperate bid to break out of the Russian
> encirclement
> around the towns of Korsun and Shandrerovka in the lower
> Dnieper west
> of Kiev. At 4am, forming up in two columns of around
> 14,000 each, they
> flocked into two parallel ravines in the surrounding
> countryside, and
> where the two ravines met, the troops then emerged into
> open country
> and headed out towards Lysyanka. There, disaster struck as
> the Soviet
> troops, under General Konev, were waiting. Soon after 6am,
> the
> slaughter began. Soviet tanks drove into the German
> columns crushing
> hundreds under their tracks. Fleeing in panic, the troops
> were then
> confronted by units of Cossack cavalry who started hacking
> them to
> pieces with their sabres, hands were lopped off of those
> who
> approached with their arms raised in surrender. There was
> no time
> to take prisoners and the carnage continued till it was
> all over. In the
> short space of three hours, over 20,000 German soldiers
> lay dead.
> Another 8,000, who had fled the scene, were rounded up
> during the next
> few days and taken prisoner.
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