American and French rapes in Archdiocese of Munich-Freising

The Archdiocese of Munich-Freising is approximately comparable to the government district of Upper Bavaria. On its sparsely populated 12,000 square kilometers live more than 2 million people, 90 % of them Catholic. [According to reports by Catholic priests] In 21 communities there are reports of “multiple” rapes without a more precise number. 113 cases are described explicitly (with name and often address).

If we assume that there were, on average, 3 cases in 21 communities that provided no precise data, then the total number of rapes during the first three months of occupation (first the French, then the American one) amounts to about 200 cases.

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  • Mirjam Gebhardt, “Als die Soldaten kamen“, chapter 3, “Wer schützt uns vor den Amerikanern?” (“Who protects us against the Americans?”)