I have a Russian correspondent who keeps writing me “angry” emails and ticking me off for my alleged “Russophobia” and my negative attitude toward Stalin. He is a Stalin apologist and does not like to hear a word of criticism against the Man of Steel. His name is Alexander M. (Is that him on the left? I don’t know. Could be.)
When I say “angry” emails, I am overstating the case. Alexander is an extremely well-informed Russian and all his emails exhibit an affable sense of humor as well as total sincerity. He has never antagonized me or been rude to me in any way. So I like him quite a lot. I can’t take offense at polite and good-humored antagonists who simply point out my errors.
Alexander is hostile to Thomas Goodrich. Why? Because Goodrich’s book “Hellstorm” gives meticulous details about the rape and torture of German women. Two million of them. And who are responsible for most of these horrendous rapes? The common consensus is: Russian soldiers in Stalin’s Red Army.
Though American and British soldiers (and to a lesser extent French soldiers) were also involved in the horrific rape and torture of innocent Germans, it is indisputable that the overwhelming majority of these war crimes were committed by Stalin’s Red Army. This has been carefully documented not only by Goodrich but by a host of other reputable WWII historians.
Alexander appears to take it as a slur on the honor of Mother Russia that such war crimes committed by Russians in the Red Army should be discussed in a negative manner. He believes the alleged atrocities have been blown up out of all proportions and that his hero Stalin has been cruelly defamed and demonized. So this is one of the things we are arguing about here.
A second point that exercises Alexander strongly is that he would like to see Russia and Germany get together in some sort of political alliance. He naturally thinks that books like Goodrich’s “Hellstorm” are not helping the cause of Russo-German rapprochement. He believes that Goodrich is a CIA agent with a dark agenda: to stir up the Germans to hatred against Russia for its post-war crimes against the German people — and hence prevent the Germans and Russians burying the hatchet and forming a close political alliance.
Anyway, here is what I said to Alexander in an initial email:
LASHA DARKMOON TO ALEXANDER M
You misunderstand my position completely. I think the best thing in the world would be if Russia and Germany united. They would be an unbeatable combination. My object in promoting Goodrich is not to make the Germans hate the Russians. My object in promoting “Hellstorm” is that Goodrich is telling the horrific truth about what happened to the German people after 1945. The Soviet Union was largely to blame for the mass rape of 2 million German women, but the Americans and British were also to blame for these war crimes, though to a lesser degree. (And so was France).
Surely you are not saying that no Red Army soldier ever raped and tortured a German woman to death? I am aware that there were many noble Russian officers who deplored these crimes and punished the soldiers responsible. Most of the Soviet rapists, I strongly believe, belonged to the Jewish regiments in the Red Army and they were encouraged to rape and pillage by the Russian Jew Ilya Ehrenberg.
This is not my point. I would like modern day Germans to forget this evil passage of history and make friends with the modern Russians. If Russia and Germany united, I think the United States would be in deep trouble. Its power would wane and wither. But Germany, as you know, is an occupied nation. It is occupied by American troops. Even if Germany wished for a rapprochement with Russia, the Americans would stop it.
Things are more complex than you think, Alexander. I sympathize deeply with BOTH the Russians and the Germans. A Russo-German confederation, I would be in favor of that absolutely.
As for America, I think it would benefit by not living in a unipolar word of Zio-American world domination. Balance of power is essential for world peace. America needs a strong equal as a counterpoise to keep it from getting too arrogant and bellicose. So a strong Russia is actually good for America and for world peace.
Alexander replied politely as usual, pointing out that that he had no time for Ilya Ehrenberg and that the great Stalin had no time for this Jewish psychopath either. (Here is a picture of Ilya Ehrenberg with a selection of psychopathic quotes). Alexander disagreed with my suggestion that Russia and Germany should form a “confederation”. That was pushing it too far. Russia and Germany, he suggested more prudently, should form a political alliance. He objected to my sentence, “Most of the Soviet rapists, I strongly believe, belonged to the Jewish regiments in the Red Army.” Alexander had never heard of any such regiments made up exclusively or largely of Jews. “Could you please name me even a single one among such regiments?” he asked.
I was unable to do so.
This was my email to Alexander, sent to him this morning, in which I attempted to get to grips with this ticklish problem: who exactly is to blame for the post-war atrocities in Germany? Can Stalin be let off the hook? When all is said and done, can we blame the Jews for it all?
Very complex questions indeed. I’m sorry if I don’t have all the answers.
LASHA DARKMOON TO ALEXANDER M
I cannot do this presently [name the Jewish regiments in the Red Army] because I am writing from memory of what I have read somewhere. Hence my words: “I strongly BELIEVE.” What I believe is this, based on my reading: a huge number of the Red Army rapists were Bolshevik JEWS who were motivated to rape by Stalin’s Jewish propagandist Ilya Ehrenberg who advised the Red Army in millions of pamphlets dropped over Germany by airplanes to rape German women and claim them as their “lawful booty”.
I understand that there were as many as 200,000 Jews in the Red Army and that there were regiments consisting almost exclusively of Jews led by Jewish commanders. What are their names? I don’t know. Not offhand. But 200,000 Russian Jews in the Red Army, all driven by the need for “revenge sex” against the Germans, that makes 200,000 potential rapists. Yes or no?
I emphasise again: This is not an attack on Russia or white Russians, most of whom were not rapists. I am not a Russophobe, because right now I am a strong supporter of Putin and would back Russia in any war initiated by the United States and its NATO puppets.
Apart from the Jews in the Red Army, whom I would identify as the main rapists, there is the Jewish Brigade. This has nothing to do with the Soviet Union or Stalin. The Jewish Brigade was an exclusively Jewish regiment nominally under British control. The Jews in this regiment, the Jewish Brigade, were a law unto themselves who took orders only from American Jewry and Jewish leaders in Palestine. In fact, many soldiers in the Jewish Brigade were Jews from Palestine. All these Jews had one thing in common: a thirst for revenge. These were the Jews who featured in the infamous Hollywood movie “Inglorious Basterds.” Revenge against the Germans was their only motivating force and there are records of them stating clearly that they were going into Germany with the specific aim of raping as many German women as possible.
I won’t elaborate further because I am pressed for time, but here is a long block quote from my article “Hellstorm: The Devil’s Cauldron” which will fill you in on the details:
These acts of sexual violence against German women, described by Beevor as “the greatest phenomenon of mass rape in history,” took place mostly in 1944-1945 as the Western Allies and the Red Army fought their way into the Third Reich. They began in October 1944 and reached their climax in 1945, continuing until the winter of 1947-1948.
Of the 2 million German women who were raped, an estimated 240,000 died in the process after sustaining multiple wounds and being gang-raped several times—sometimes as many as 100 times in a single day. A large number of these women are said to have committed suicide.
Stalin knew that these rapes were going on and that the reputation of the Red Army and the Soviet Union was suffering as a consequence. There was a notable difference between the official Soviet attitude to these rapes—one of severe disapproval and condemnation—and Stalin’s own laissez-faire attitude which reflected the view of many around him, especially the Jews in his entourage who hated the Germans with an unquenchable hatred.
Remember that it was Ilya Ehrenberg, Stalin’s Jewish Red Army propagandist, who had authored and signed several leaflets urging Soviet troops to kill the Germans without mercy and to take German women as their “lawful booty.”
In January 1945 Stalin signed an order criminalizing Red Army misconduct. It stated that civilians “should not be subjected to violence. The perpetrators will be punished. In liberated territories, sexual relations with females are not allowed. Perpetrators of violence will be shot.”
These regulations however were seldom applied with any degree of stringency. Leniency, laissez-faire and connivance were the rule rather than the exception—exactly as in Israel today where the IDF and Jewish settlers break Israeli law with impunity and are seldom punished for their crimes of violence against the Palestinians.
Nothing changes in this respect. The law says, Thou Shalt Not. But the state-backed criminal does what he pleases.
Stalin’s easygoing attitude to the mass rape and murder of German women was revealed in an unofficial, off-the-cuff comment he made to Yugoslav politician Milovan Djilas who had complained to him about Red Army rapes in Yugoslavia.
“Understand it ,” Stalin is reported to have said cynically, “that if a soldier who has crossed thousands of kilometres through blood and fire and death has fun with a woman or takes some trifle.” On another occasion, when told that Red Army soldiers had sexually maltreated some German women, he said dismissively: “We lecture our soldiers too much; let them have their initiative.”
Boys will be boys. Let the lads have their fun.
According to Oleg Rzheshevsky, a professor and President of the Russian Association of World War II Historians, 4,148 Red Army officers and soldiers had been convicted of atrocities. He explained that plunder and rapine were an inevitable part of war and that other Allied forces committed such crimes too, not just the Soviets. On the whole, he believed Soviet servicemen had been well-behaved and treated the German enemy in a humane and civilized manner.
The German woman who had been raped sixty times in a single day clearly would not have agreed with this rosy picture of Russian civility.
This claim of exemplary behavior by “most” Soviets soldiers later became the refrain among Soviet commentators, too traumatized with guilt and shame to be able to admit what their own people had done. Russian soldiers were credited with “feeding the German population, rescuing children, and helping to restore normal life in the country.” In many cases this was true. Not all Russians were brutes. Many were indeed kind and decent, noble and self-restrained, deeply impregnated with the Christian values of the great race that had given the world Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky.
Indeed one Russian official, Makhmut Gareev, said that “he had not even heard about any sexual violence.” (See here)
Alexander’s response to me, a usual, was polite. But I detected in his language a new note of agitation and impatience. He was clearly disappointed with me and accused me of lack of compassion.
ALEXANDER M TO LASHA DARKMOON
I read this book by Djilas couple of times, and I know that funny quote by Stalin about women as a war-time booty. Taking aside Djilas` paranoid anti-Stalinism – again, that`s Stalin ORDER, not blahblahblah with some Titoists:
Jan. 19, 1945: Офицеры и красноармейцы! Мы идем в страну противника. Каждой должен хранить самообладание, каждый должен быть храбрым…Оставшееся население на завоеванных областях, независимо от того немец ли, чех ли, поляк ли, не должно подвергаться насилию. Виновные будут наказаны по законам военного времени. На завоеванной территории не позволяется половые связи с женским полом. За насилие и изнасилования будут виновные расстреляны.
“No sex is permitted on the occupied territories — execution for any rape of any women and girls.”
Can you imagine someone would break Stalin` Order???
. . . Ehrenburg-Ehrenburg :-))))))))))) I am sick and tired to REPEAT: forget about that Kike! Are you serious to think some of his shitty essays in 1942 are EQUAL TO STALIN` ORDER of Jan. 45?????
Besides, what these Krauts were doing in my Land in 1941-45, since June 22, 1941? Liberated us from Stalinism?? :-))) Ah, yeah, “better dead than Red”, as you Yanks used to say – I mean – what about 20 millions of the White Russian civilians [my relatives incl.], dead as the result of the Hitlerite aggression against us? Have you any compassion?