…by Jonas E. Alexis
The evidence is quite clear that raping women and children was a form of revenge for the Allied forces. “One of the French officers is supposed to have said, ‘We are the avengers, the SS of the French Army.’”
The French units “were made up of French soldiers from the 5th Armoured Division, Foreign Legionaries, and Moroccan and Algerian troops from the 2nd Moroccan and the 3rd Algerian Infantry Divisions. From the first the French made it clear that the people were going to be properly punished.
“There would be three days of plunder. A sergeant said that the troops would be released from discipline, and a quartermaster added, ‘In the next few nights no woman will go untouched’…
“The surviving houses were systematically destroyed with benzene: 649 were burned down in this way. It was now open season for any women aged between sixteen and eighty. It is generally said that the Moroccans behaved the worst.”
The French soldiers moved to Stuttgart, where “3,000 women and eight men were raped,” a behavior which infuriated the Americans. In another place called Vaihingen, “A further 500 women were raped…”
Yet revenge was one of their plans, and they were
“anxious to weed out the major Nazis of Breslau. On 7 May the Red Army deliberately started fires in the ruins. What was left of the city was looted.
“On 10 May the library of the university or Leopoldina for which Brahms had written his famous Academic Festival Overture went up in flames; on the 15th it was the turn of the city museum. On the same day the twin towers of one of the city’s great Backsteingotikchurches—St. Mary Magdalene—were blown up.”
Acts of revenge reached their fulfillment when the Jews plotted to exterminate the Germans through poisoning:
“The greatest act of lawlessness committed by the Jews in post-war Germany was the attempt to kill a large number of POWs in Nuremberg. Abba Kovner, who had led an armed revolt in the Vilna Ghetto, founded the Nakom (Revenge’) Group and conceived the idea of poisoning the drinking water in the city.
“One member of the group found a job in the waterworks, but David Ben-Gurion refused to allow him to go ahead with the scheme. They turned instead to the camp, where 12,000 POWs were kept, many of them ex-SS or Nazis, and succeeded in poisoning the bread.
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