Role Reversal

After the US invasion of Germany in 1945, the US troops committed numerous rapes in, among others, Upper Bavaria. Some victims of the Nazi regime took the opportunity to avenge their suffering.

In some cases the liberated forced workers led the GIs to the rape victims — a particularly perfidious revenge on the former German slave holders. Under the occupation it’s the Germans now who become defenseless victims without any rights.

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


  • Mirjam Gebhardt, “Als die Soldaten kamen“, chapter 3, “Wer schützt uns vor den Amerikanern?” (“Who protects us against the Americans?”)