May 2-1945 The Fall and Rape of Berlin

May 2-1945 The Fall and Rape of Berlin

berlin 45On May 2, 1945 the last major European of World War II came to a close – Berlin had fallen to the Soviets who had brought over one million   Close to one million Soviet soldiers and more than 20,000 tanks and artillery pieces were in action to break through the “Gates to Berlin” which was defended by about 100,000 German soldiers and 1,200 tanks and guns.

The victory is a matter of great pride in the former Soviet Union.

The defeat of the Germans began a brutal occupation in which, as the BBC reported include up to

two million German women were raped during the last six months of World War Two, around 100,000 of them in Berlin.

It was rarely spoken of until after 2003 when the publication of Anonyma and subsequent movie, A Woman in Berlin, depicting the chaos and terror that followed.

The book and film were critically acclaimed and encourage other women to step forward and tell their story.

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