Protective Rationalization

The chaplain had sinned, and it was good.
[…]
The chaplain had mastered, in a moment of divine intuition, the handy technique of protective rationalization, and he was exhilarated by his discovery. It was miraculous.
It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, impotence into abstinence, arrogance into humility, plunder into philanthropy, thievery into honor, blasphemy into wisdom, brutality into patriotism, and sadism into justice.

Joseph Heller, Catch-22

“Hunt for women and girls”: American mass rapes in Upper Bavaria

Overall, the invasion reports of pastors in Archdiocese of Munich-Freising show an oppressive picture of an actual, comprehensive mass rape in Upper Bavaria, committed primarily by US soldiers, occasionally also by the French. Among others, it happened in

1. Lochhausen,
2. Obertaufkirchen,
3. Feldmoching,
4. Schellenberg bei Salzburg,
5. Neumarkt,
6. Oberau,
7. Ebersberg,
8. Grafing,
9. Holzkirchen,
10. Freising,
11. Miesbach (incl. rapes of children),
12. Moosach,
13. Kirchdorf bei Haag,
14. Wolfratshausen,
15. Otterfing,
16. Traunstein,

as well as in Munich in the parishes

* St. Emmeram,
* St. Achaz and
* Namen Jesu.

In many communities the pastors write generally about a “hunt for women and girls”, e. g. in Allach.

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

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What were American Otto Skorzenies like?

I’m currently writing a fiction book on World War II and needed background for various characters, including a specialist in stealth operations. I asked for help in the /r/worldbuilding (PDF) subreddit. So far, nobody answered, but based on 6 likes I assume that people are interested in this question. Below you can find what I found so far.

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Early days of the CIA

Office of Strategic Services (OSS) emblem

One British observer recalled the first six OSS operatives in London in early 1943, “arriving like jeune filles en fleur straight from finishing school, all fresh and innocent, to start work in our frowsty old intelligence brothel.”

David W. Hogan, Jr., “US Army Special Operations in World War II”

The OSS later became CIA.

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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.

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NATO discriminates Germans

If you look at the official homepage of the NATO, you can see that it is available in several languages.

German is not among them. That’s interesting because Ukrainian is. But Ukraine is not a NATO member yet!

What’s even funnier is that this page is available in Russian. Russia is the official enemy of the NATO. Germany is its member. So why is an official page of the NATO available in the language of its enemy, but not that of its member?

Dr. Strangelove

The Cold War Podcast published an episode (MP3) on the classic movie Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

Things I learned from this podcast:

  • There were actual generals in the US (the hosts name Douglas McArthur) who wanted to nuke Soviet Russia while the US had more bombs (to wipe out the Russia threat once and for all).
  • An actual doomsday device was proposed to Nikita Khrushchev, but he rejected to build it.

I recommend everyone to watch this movie because it’s actually a funny one.

Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!

Dr. Strangelove