Rape, in particular, was high on the invading army's menu. Mom was East Prussian and worked in the Luftwaffe communications bunker in the city.Alexander Solzhenitsyn, then a young captain in the Red Army, described the entry of his regiment into East Prussia in January 1945 as follows: “For three weeks the war had been going on inside Germany, and all of us knew very well that if the girls were German they could be raped and then shot. Regarding the events at Nemmersdorf (and Metgethen) - without questioning the fact that attrocities were committed - there continues to be some controversie about the details and scale of the event, as initially reported by German Army officiers, and the fact that the Goebbles propaganda machine used the occasion to exhort the German population to defend the Fatherland against the Red hordes to their dying breath if they wanted to avoid a similar fate. She specifically mentions having to move bodies after the attack. The Society "Jews in Eastprussia" [Juden in Ostpreussen e.V.] is preparing an exhibition about "The Jews of Königsberg at the turn of the 20th Century“.
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I am in no way anti-Russian, but they ought to disavow and abhor their Soviet past just as Germans do their Nazi past. we do not have any historical background of his family.
Admin: There is no question the Soviet Red Army committed many attrocities during their drive across East Prussia. is there any means to get something about his history back? I'm editing my mother's memoirs, and I'm looking for public domain photos of Konigsberg after it was firebombed.
Bob Geldof first met David Bowie when he hitchhiked from Dublin to Brussels to see him on tour and played him a Boomtown Rats demo. Not even in the bottom of the starter class with a handicap. Back row, from left: Johnnie Fingers, Garry Roberts, Tony Hadley, John Taylor, Simon le Bon, Martin Kemp, George Michael, Gary Kemp, Simon Crowe, Steve Norman, Aled Jones.
Still in awe 30 years on, he recalls how The Thin White Duke's kind gesture brought home the meaning of Live Aid David Bowie on stage at Live Aid in 1985. Seated, from left, Midge Ure, John Keeble, Paula Yates, Bob Geldof and David Bowie Every single new release took your breath away with its daring. She didn't know what happened to her grandparents at the end of the was, after the Russians invaded.Is there any source for death certificates, or were records either not kept or destroyed?Now, in preparation for the exhibition in November 2017, all names and positions have been recorded in an Excel sheet.A lot of interesting details can be told about who claimed a representative place, which groups of occupations were grouped together etc. And then you were left floundering as he dashed off elsewhere. I went to a soccer game in New York with Iggy and David. He was frustrated as he’d done the gig on the understanding that ordinary Russians could get in, but it was full of politicians and their wives.