Allied War Crimes in World War II: Munich–St. Michael/Lochhausen

7-7 Parish Munich–St. Michael/Lochhausen
Reporter: Pastor Johann Baptist Wallner
Date: 31. Juli 1945
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During the invasion of the American troops a lot of inhabitants were awakened by shots and hitting on the doors with rifle butts. The streets were empty. The occupation of the entire area of the parish was completed before noon. It proceeded without loss of life among the inhabitants.

In a couple of cases, women were raped.

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There were many cases of destruction of furniture, plundering of jewelry, watches, clothing, money, food. Only on a few occasions did the American troop take away wedding rings, jewelry and and money. In one restaurant they took away a part of the cookware. In multiple cases radios were taken away. From the peasants, the troops demanded or took away the eggs.

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Soviet prisoners of war executed according to Einsatzbefehl Nr. 8 from July 17, 1941

Novgorod region, Russia, 1942

The above photograph was taken by a German and later confiscated by the Soviets. The two prisoners of war were killed by the Germans according to Einsatzbefehl Nr. 8 by Reinhard Heydrich from July 17, 1941. You can find an exerpt from it below.

Directives for “selecting” civilians and suspicious prisoners of war in the eastern campaign

The Wehrmacht is ordered to “select” from the prisoners of war thefollowing groups viewed as “Bolshevist”:

“It is above all necessary to find:

* all important functionaries of the state and the party,

* in particular,professional revolutionaries,

* Comintern functionaries,

* all leading functionaries of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, and its subsidiary organizations in the central committees,

* the district and local committees,

* all peoples’ commissars and their representatives,

* all former political commissars of the Red Army,

* the leading personalities of the central and intermediate instances in the state bureaucracy,

* the leading personalities in the economic sector,

* the Soviet-Russian intelligentsia,

* all Jews,

* all persons who are deemed as stirrers or fanatical communists.”

Order Nr. 8, appendix 2, from Reinhard Heydrich, Chief of Security Policeand the Security Service (SD), July 17, 1941 (excerpt)
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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
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The Americans moved in into Großhadern on Monday, April 30th, at 4 p. m. without any fighting. They came from Kleinhadern.
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On Tuesday the houses were searched for weapons. Several, not all too heavy cases of pillaging occurred.
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Unfortunately, three rapes happened.
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Original German Text

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

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
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The invasion of the Americans in Gräfeling happened without fighting.
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During the first days a lot has been pillaged in the village, primarily wine, food, jewelry, radios etc.
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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.
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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

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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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