Allied War Crimes in World War II: Munich–St. Canisius

7-3 Parish Munich–St. Canisius
Reporter: Pastor DDr. Franz Xaver Kendler
Date: September 17th, 1945
The Americans moved in into Großhadern on Monday, April 30th, at 4 p. m. without any fighting. They came from Kleinhadern.
On Tuesday the houses were searched for weapons. Several, not all too heavy cases of pillaging occurred.
Unfortunately, three rapes happened.

Original German Text

7-3 Pfarrei München-St. Canisius
Berichterstatter: Stadtpfarrer DDr. Franz Xaver Kendler
Datum: 17. September 1945
[Die Amerikaner] zogen am Montag, den 30. April, ohne jeden Kampf von Kleinhadern her um 4 Uhr nachmittags in Großhadern ein.
Am Dienstag wurden die Häuser nach Waffen durchsucht, wobei manche, aber im Ganzen nicht allzu schwere Fälle an Plünderungen vorkamen.
Bedauerlicherweise kamen drei Vergewaltigungen vor.


The End of World War II in archbishopric Munich and Freising, vol. I, section 7-3, pp. 343–344

Allied War Crimes in World War II: Gräfelfing, Upper Bavaria, Germany

7-2 Parish Gräfelfing
Reporter: Pastor Johann Schulz
Date: August 31st, 1945
The invasion of the Americans in Gräfeling happened without fighting.
During the first days a lot has been pillaged in the village, primarily wine, food, jewelry, radios etc.

Also some rapes occured.
In the rectory it could be prevented that the Americans took away some things. Among others, about 15 to 20 bottles of sacramental wine were stolen.

Gräfelfing is a municipality in the district of Munich, in Bavaria, Germany. It is located 1 km west of Munich.

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Allied War Crimes in World War II: Munich–St. Achaz

5-1 Parish Munich–St. Achaz
Reporter: Pastor Vinzenz Irger
Date: No date


The parish had almost not suffered from billeting. There were also only a few plunderings. The attide of the enemy [American] troops was absolutely impeccable, at least during the first days.

Later, of course, some excesses and rapes occured.

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Boy Vitia Cherevichkin with a pigeon, murdered by the Germans in Rostov-on-Don

Photograph by Max Vladimirovich Alpert, Rostov-on-Don

Rostov-on-Don is a city in the South of Russia. It was occupied by the Germans in 1941 and 1942–1943. When the Germans captured the city in 1941, they issued an order to exterminate all pigeons. Vitia Cherevichkin disobeyed and hid his birds in his house for about a week before the Germans discovered it.

The photograph made by Max Alpert clearly shows that the boy was tortured before he was killed.

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Red Army in Berlin

Soviet soldiers distribute food among German civilians

I came across a Russian article (details see below) with some interesting statements on how the Red Army dealt with civilians in Germany during World War II. Below you can find translation of parts of that article.

Russian food for German civilians

On April 25th, 1945, during the peak of the fights in Berlin, sergeant Lesnikov brings a train to the station Berlin-Lichtenberg. The train is loaded with food for German civilians.

The Soviet command organizes the distribution of free food for Germans according to the following principles:

  • People employed in “hard and difficult” jobs got 600 grams of bread, 80 grams of groats and pasta, 100 grams of meat, 30 grams of fats, 25 grams of sugar per person.
  • Other workers got 500 grams of bread, and smaller quantities of groats, pasta, meat, sugar, and fats.

There were additional regulations regarding free food for children and dependents.

Apart from that, everyone was entitled to

  • 400 grams of salt per month and
  • 500 grams of potatoes per day.

Later ration stamps were introduced for getting tea and coffee.

An interesting German offer

On May 28th, 1945, a Red Army soldier was shot at by someone from a window in Berlin’s district Prenzlauer Berg. The military police took several inhabitants of the house to the commandant’s office for interrogation.

Rumors spread among the Germans, that the Soviets would stop distributing free food because of that shot. After a while, several delegations of Germans came to the commandant’s office. All of them offered the same thing: To take 30–40 hostages and publicly shoot them. In exchange the Germans wanted the Soviets to continue to give away free food.

All deputations left the commandant’s office dumbfounded: The Soviets said they would continue to provide food, but rejected the German offer of a mass shooting.

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Greatest Secret of Western Success

The quote below is an excellent explanation why the Russians celebrate the end of World War II in Europe and the Germans don’t. Westerners (Germans, Austrians, and their allies) have long forgotten the war.

Russians and Jews haven’t.

The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion […] but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence.

Westerners often forget this fact; non-Westerners never do.

Samuel P. Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order. Source: GoodReads (backup PDF)