American troops in Bavaria at the end of WWII

It is pillaging, devastation, and acts of violence, including rapes that accompany the invasion of the Americans in the Upper Bavaria. Soldiers of the wealthiest country on earth enter houses in every village. First, they look for enemy soldiers and weapons. They use the occasion to collect watches and bicycles, take radios, cameras, binoculars, jewelry, silverware, pocket knives, lighters as souvenir, confiscate liquor, food reserves (especially eggs) and even living animals. Then they rape, often in a group, one or multiple times, sequentially.
American courts that investigated some of these crimes later discovered a pattern in them: At night, two soldiers enter a house at the outskirts of a village. One of the two soldiers has a gun. They both go into the second floor where the women sleep. The armed soldier takes a woman down to the ground floor and closes the door. The women are raped one after another. The soldiers leave the house. On their way home they tell other soldiers, where they can find women.

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Role of civilians in Mühlviertler Hasenjagd

The SS required support of the civilians when they chased the prisoners who escaped from the Mauthausen concentration camp. Here is how the civilians reacted:

The hunt for the escapees also called for the assistance of the civilian population. And the people came and willingly obliged. According to the documents and the testimonies given by witnesses there was no immediate threat to anyone nor was anyone forced to participate. They did it all the same.

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The Parachutists Wall

The SS guards would often force prisoners – exhausted from hours of hard labour without sufficient food and water – to race up the stairs carrying blocks of stone. Those who survived the ordeal would often be placed in a line-up at the edge of a cliff known as “The Parachutists Wall” (German: Fallschirmspringerwand). At gun-point each prisoner would have the option of being shot or pushing the prisoner in front of him off the cliff.

The parachutists wall is located in concentration camp Mauthausen. Inmates who were pushed off the cliff either died from impact with the earth, or drowned in the pond at the bottom of the cliff. Some inmates committed suicide here.

The SS called these people “parachutists.”

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