As the Allies gained control over the Western and Eastern Fronts in andGerman soldiers were not the only casualties. Recent historical research has revealed German women and girls were also targets, subjected en masse to a wide range of sexual violence allegedly committed by AmericanCanadian, British, French and Soviet soldiers. By the spring ofNazi Germany was crumbling and the Soviets were racing toward Berlin.
But among the cheering images there are also shocking ones. In Europe, the practice dated back to the dark ages, with the Visigoths. During the middle ages, this mark of shame, denuding a woman of what was supposed to be her most seductive feature, was commonly a punishment for adultery.
I n the early s, I interviewed a large number of Germans who had risen to prominence in the film industry under the Nazis. I spoke to actors, directors, critics and politicians. Bechter conducted preparatory discussions with me. He pretended to be very sad about the treatment of the Jews and told me he wished to set up a fund to donate money to impoverished Jews in Israel.
In World War IINazi Germany established brothels in the concentration camps Lagerbordell to create an incentive for prisoners to collaborate, although these institutions were used mostly by Kapos"prisoner functionaries" and the criminal element, because regular inmates, penniless and emaciated, were usually too debilitated and wary of exposure to Schutzstaffel SS schemes. In the end, the camp brothels did not produce any noticeable increase in the prisoners' work productivity levels, but instead, created a market for coupons among the camp VIPs. After 30 Junea camp brothel existed in Auschwitzand from 15 Julyin Buchenwald.
After more than six decades, with libraries full of books, archives packed with testimony and warehouses crammed with documents, you might think we know all there is to know about the Holocaust. And it's true that, as that event slips from memory into history and the remaining survivors enter their last years, the flow of new revelations about the Nazi campaign to eradicate the Jews has slowed to a trickle. There was a surge of fresh information when the Soviet records were opened up afterbut there is no further comparable cache of papers waiting to be mined.
Untilthere were around military brothels of this kind in German-occupied Europe. The Foreign Ministry of the Polish Government in Exile issued a document on May 3,describing the mass kidnapping raids conducted in Polish cities with the aim of capturing young women for sexual slavery at brothels run by the German military. One of the soldiers pulls out a pocket flashlight and shines it on one of the women, straight into her eyes.
Turns out syphilis -- spread from dalliances with French prostitutes -- presented a more clandestine danger, reveals a new book. To combat Nazi soldiers' temptations from the Parisian joie de vivre, Hitler gave the OK to manufacture blow up sex dolls as a more ahem hygienic alternative, reports The Herald Sun. The sex dolls were apart of "the Borghild Project," a top secret mission inspired by SS chief Heinrich Himmler, who first alerted Hitler of the syphilis problem, according to The Daily Mail.
By Sarah Rainey. Dressed in modest petticoats and starched white aprons, their hair pulled back into neat plaits, a group of women are pictured marching through a hayfield. Arms linked, broad smiles across their faces, they are carrying baskets laden with flowers, which later they will arrange into pretty garlands.