Hermann Hoth on extermination of Soviets in 1941

Every sign of active or passive resistance or any sort of machinations on the part of Jewish-Bolshevik agitators are to be immediately and pitilessly exterminated … These circles are the intellectual supports of Bolshevism, the bearers of its murderous organisation, the helpmates of the partisans. It is the same Jewish class of beings who have done so much damage to our own Fatherland by virtue of their activities against the nation and civilisation, and who promote anti-German tendencies throughout the world, and who will be the harbingers of revenge.

Their extermination is a dictate of our own survival.

Hermann Hoth, November 1941

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The hypocrisy of Western historiography regarding Wehrmacht rapes on the Eastern Front

What makes the whole matter even more tragic is that German rapes of Polish and Soviet women, probably on an even larger scale and definitely preceding these Soviet rapes, are ignored by nearly all Western historians. Although probably millions of Soviet citizens, primarily women and girls, became rape victims, the topic has been grossly understudied.

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Even in spite of their official military and racial laws and rules, Germans of the Wehrmacht, the SS, the police, the civilian administration and their allies engaged in mass rape, including gang rape on an enormous and routine scale, in the occupied territories of the Soviet Union and Poland. The victims were Jews as well as gentiles; women and girls as well as men and boys; and victims were from the youngest of ages. There are examples of a 90-year old female rape victim as well as nine- or eight-year-old girls.

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How many rapes did the Wehrmacht commit in the Soviet Union during World War II?

Every year in May we hear Germans and those who use them complain about the rapes of the Red Army after its victory over the Nazis. And every year two hugely important topics are overseen: First, concerning rapes, the Soviets weren’t better or worse than the Americans. Second, before the Soviets raped German women, German soldiers invaded the Soviet Union and raped Soviet women.

Rapes in particular, and violence against civilians in general, doesn’t seem to bother the modern public in most cases. It is considered problematic only when it can be attached to Holocaust. That is, if the Nazis rape a woman and she happens to be Jewish, that’s a problem. But if she is non-Jewish, then it isn’t even worth mentioning. At least that’s the impression I get from reading materials on the topic.

Such behavior on the Western side can be explained by the fact that the Cold War was about finishing what the Germans started in Russia. You cannot have compassion with people whom you intend to nuke. What’s striking is that Soviet and Russian historians, politicians, and propagandists never used that topic in their ideological fight against the West. It seems they don’t care about their women as well.

But a hypocrisy doesn’t cease to a hypocrisy just because everybody supports it. In this post I estimate the number of rapes committed by the Germans on the Eastern front, primarily in the Soviet Union.

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