American rapes in Dorfen

Pastor Matthias Kern from the parish St. Wolfgang in Dorfen writes:

“It had bad and exciting consequences that during the first two weeks cars with black and white soldiers came from Dorfen. Their pretext was to search for [German] soldiers. They forced their way into the houses and pounced on women and girls. Possibly, the rape may have succeeded in 5 to 10 cases.”

You can find more information about the violence of American troops against civilians in Europe here.


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