At the time and long afterwards, German sources insisted that East Prussia had been despoiled and its inhabitants violated by the invading Russian troops in the time period between the Russian invasion and the German victories at Tannenberg and the Masurian Lakes that drove the Russians back on their side of the border. Russia ( Russian: , Rossiya, [rsij] ), or the Russian Federation, [c] is a transcontinental country spanning Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. by xcalibur 15 Nov 2004, 00:59, Post . The boredom of war is clearly communicated by the fact that Putiakov prefaces each entry in his diary with the never changing note, On guard. Beyond recording the amount of rations he was given each day and noting when he was able to melt snow in order to wash himself, Putiakov devotes much of his diary (which in total encompasses four notebooks) to trying to make sense of the war between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. Similar was the fate of Swedish diplomat and OSS operative Raoul Wallenberg.  It is estimated that over 20,000 people died in Soviet prisons. Jacob Robinson. I say this because letters I have read tend to be far less laconic than diaries. From 1824-1878, East Prussia was combined with West Prussia to form the Province of Prussia, after which they were re-established as separate provinces. Prisoners were scalded with boiling water in Bobrka; in Przemyslany, people's noses, ears, and fingers were cut off and their eyes were also put out; in Czortkw, the breasts of female inmates were cut off; and in Drohobycz, victims were bound together with barbed wire. GANG RAPE IN NEMMERSDORF. They dies of starvation and from Gestapo bullets. But as we halted on the edge of town, just to the right of us a group of our infantry was already leaving the towns cheese factory. Almost all of them were partisans or unarmed civilians. A German military judge who was at the scene stated in an interview during the 1970s that he saw a female body with her legs spread-eagled and a broomstick rammed into her genitals. Others wondered whether these German protestations were little more than an attempt to divert attention from the atrocities they were accused of committing in Belgium and France at the same time. It lies between 53 degrees 8'30" and 55 degrees 53'40" North latitude and 36 degrees 59'6 and 40 degrees 33'12" East . Everyone was all mixed up together, someone groaned, someone threw up. Although the passage from Keegan quoted by WalterS certainly referred to 1914, there is nothing in the subsequent comments by WalterS himself that limit them to 1914. The Krlis Ulmanis government was removed, and new illegitimate elections were held on 21 June 1940 with only one party listed, "electing" a fake parliament which made resolution to join the Soviet Union, with the resolution having already been drawn up in Moscow prior the election. The division had received its first baptism. In one famous example, during the Gegenmiao massacre, Soviet soldiers, encouraged by the local Chinese population, raped and massacred over one thousand Japanese women and children. The exhibition was previously shown in Davos during the World Economic Forum in May 2022. , On several occasions during World War II, Soviet soldiers set fire to buildings, villages, or parts of cities, and they used deadly force against locals who attempted to put out the fires. It is estimated that Lithuania lost almost 780,000 citizens as a result of the Soviet occupation, of these around 440,000 were war refugees. On the road to the village we shot about eight spies. by WalterS 14 Nov 2004, 08:29, Post historical analysis, as Soviet and East German archives were opened and scholarly research encouraged. First, is there something particular to World War I about this soldiers mindset, or is it simply a permanent feature of war to have so little regard for individuals that things which strike us as atrocity are to this soldier nothing out of the ordinary? , The early Soviet leaders publicly denounced anti-Semitism, William Korey wrote: "Anti-Jewish discrimination had become an integral part of Soviet state policy ever since the late thirties." It feels as if there is almost a tiredness about it. Their mortality rate is estimated to have been about 40 percent. The scale and duration of civilian abuse in those regions was much greater than anything that happened in East Prussia. Why not wink at the comrades who courted two girls they grabbed off the road and dragged into the rye? As well as being the natural course for the Russian Empire to take upon the declaration of war on the German Empire, it was also an attempt to focus the Imperial German Army on the Eastern Front, as opposed to the Western Front. Transported in overcrowded cattle wagons, they ended up thousands of kilometres away in southern Russia or Siberia.  In one notable incident the Soviet Army committed mass killing of civilians in the summer of 1980. Whole families, women, children and old people were sent to labor camps in Siberia. The deportations were understandably brutal as the result of war crimes committed under the German occupation. , According to Norman Naimark, after the summer of 1945, Soviet soldiers caught raping civilians usually received punishments ranging from arrest to execution. The battle lasted all day and night on the first of August. time to avoid being overrun by the Red Army, if they issued orders at all. (1997). During the Kalmyk deportations of 1943, codenamed Operation Ulussy ( ""), the deportation of most people of the Kalmyk nationality in the Soviet Union (USSR), and Russian women married to Kalmyks, but excluding Kalmyk women married to men of other nationalities, around half of all (97-98,000) Kalmyk people deported to Siberia died before being allowed to return home in 1957. In the first frigid months of 1945, nearly 750,000 Germans fled East Prussia ahead of the advancing Red Army. The Nemmersdorf massacre was a civilian massacre perpetrated by Red Army soldiers in the late stages of World War II.Nemmersdorf (present-day Mayakovskoye, Kaliningrad Oblast) was one of the first prewar ethnic German settlements to fall to the advancing Red Army during the war. These remnants were preserved by local historians and ended up in a special room of the House of Trades in the town of Goritsy. , On August 10, 1945, Soviet forces carried out fierce naval bombardment and artillery strikes against civilians awaiting evacuation as well as Japanese installations in Maoka. .  The Rauzdi massacre and Padkhwab-e Shana massacre were also documented.  In the Kulchabat, Bala Karz and Mushkizi massacre on 12 October 1983 the Red Army gathered 360 people at the village square and shot them, including 20 girls and over a dozen older people. [pagesneeded][bettersourceneeded], Although mass executions of civilians by the Red Army were seldom publicly reported, there is a known incident in Treuenbrietzen, where at least 88 male inhabitants were rounded up and shot on 1 May 1945. " "? . full stop. Does the diary change in tone as the author moves through the war? I krajowe Warszawa 1990, Wyd. The War Crimes Bureau had five major sources of information: (1) captured enemy papers, especially orders, reports of operations, and propaganda leaflets; (2) intercepted radio and wireless messages; (3) testimony of Soviet prisoners of war; (4) testimony of captured Germans who had escaped; and (5) testimony of Germans who saw the corpses or mutilated bodies of executed prisoners of war. , Even embassy staff from neutral countries were captured and raped, as was documented when Soviet soldiers attacked the Swedish legation in Germany.. Erna Schneider, born 1936, escaped into the forest from a windowless cattle train transporting East Prussian children to Russia. by sylvieK4 11 Nov 2004, 03:29, Post Beevor has written that Red Army soldiers also raped Soviet and Polish women liberated from concentration camps, and he contends that this undermines the revenge explanation, they were often committed by rear echelon units. , The Soviet Union did not recognize Imperial Russia's signing of the Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907 as binding, and as a result, it refused to recognize them until 1955. Asmolov also claims that the Soviets, unlike the Germans and the Japanese, prosecuted their soldiers and officers for such acts. They were read there by Vladimir Burdin, who thought the story of the local boy off at the Great War merited publication. It is well known that in WW1 there were no large scale massacres or persecutions of civilians - from any of the main combatants. Slovak communist leader Vlado Clementis complained to Marshal Ivan Konev about the behavior of Soviet troops in Czechoslovakia.  Most victims were deported to the gulags in the Donetsk region. , The estimated death toll in Soviet prisons and camps between 1944 and 1953 was at least 14,000. Stalin is said to have angrily reacted: "I shall not tolerate anybody dragging the honour of the Red Army through the mud. , A study published by the German government in 1974 estimated the number of German civilian victims of crimes during expulsion of Germans after World War II between 1945 and 1948 to be over 600,000, with about 400,000 deaths in the areas east of Oder and Neisse (ca. Some had been shot in their hospital beds, others repeatedly bludgeoned to death, still others were found to have been thrown from hospital windows before being repeatedly drenched with freezing water until they died of hypothermia.. Deportations were predominantly to Siberia and Kazakhstan by means of railroad cattle cars, without prior announcement, while deported were given few night hours at best to pack their belongings and separated from their families, usually also sent to the east. They used booby traps, mines, and chemical substances throughout the country. Kolk and Kislyiy lodged a complaint at the European Court of Human Rights, alleging that the Criminal Code of 1946 of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (SFSR) was valid at the time, applicable also in Estonia, and that the said Code had not provided for punishment of crimes against humanity. , The explanation of "revenge" is disputed by Beevor, at least with regard to the mass rapes. Gottfried Schramm, Jan T. Gross, Manfred Zeidler et al. In one farmyard the women were stripped naked and nailed through their hands in cruciform position. Other evidence cemented the War Crimes Bureau's belief that Stalin had given secret orders about the massacre of POWs. 65 lat od obawy augustowskiej. that could not be taken away were frequently simply destroyed. All the perversion of this Soviet tactic lay in the fact that practically all of the accused had in reality been fighting against the forces of Nazi Germany since September 1939. Women and young girls were raped and left to die. Post They took away everything they wanted, especially food, clothing and valuables every apartment, shop, bank, etc. As the Red Army withdrew after the German attack of 1941 which is known as Operation Barbarossa, numerous reports of war crimes committed by Soviet armed forces against captured German Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe soldiers from the very beginning of hostilities were documented in thousands of files of the Wehrmacht War Crimes Bureau which was established by Nazi Germany in September 1939 to investigate violations of the Hague and Geneva conventions by Germany's enemies. " The UN commission received numerous reports of Soviet mortar and artillery fire into inhabited quarters in the Buda section of the city, despite no return fire, and of "haphazard shooting at defenseless passers-by. , On 9 August 1937, NKVD order 00485 was adopted to target "subversive activities of Polish intelligence" in the Soviet Union, but was later expanded to also include Latvians, Germans, Estonians, Finns, Greeks, Iranians and Chinese. , On 23 August 1939, the Soviet Union and Germany signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop non-aggression agreement. Only two were presentYuriy Mel, a former Soviet tank officer, and Gennady Ivanov, a former Soviet munitions officerwhile the other were sentenced in absentia and are hiding in Russia. Kurland had a mixed population of Latvians and Germans. The Soviet refusal to recognize the Hague Conventions also gave Nazi Germany the rationale for its inhuman treatment of captured Soviet military personnel. Some 300,000 Lithuanians were deported or sentenced to terms in prison camps on political grounds.  The main regions of Ingrian Finns forced settlement were the interior areas of Siberia, Central Russia, and Tajikistan. , Around 3,500 Finnish prisoners of war, of whom five were women, were captured by the Red Army. Deportations on a smaller scale continued after 1931. Nazi propaganda originally meant to stiffen civil resistance by describing in gory and embellished detail Red Army atrocities such as the Nemmersdorf massacre often backfired and created panic. Pictures show Nazi executions in Poland and Ukraine as well as atrocities by Japanese troops in China in 1937 . We quickly saddled our horses, and the news spread like lightning that German infantry was marching upon us. Latvia became part of the Soviet Union on 5 August, and on 25 August all people in Latvia became citizens of the Soviet Union. 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Cum au fost omori 3.000 de romni, la grania cu Romnia, pe 1 aprilie 1941, de Pate", "75 Years Since 'The Romanian Katyn' Massacre At Fntna Alb 3,000 Romanians Killed", "Commemoration of Fntna Alb massacre: tears, grief, gratitude", "Masacrul de la Fntna Alb. Between 1941 and 1944, Soviet partisan units conducted raids deep inside Finnish territory, attacking villages and other civilian targets. , The Soviet Union also committed war crimes in Romania or against Romanians from the beginning of the occupation of Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina in 1940 all the way to the German invasion in 1941, and later from the expulsion of the Germans in the region until 1958. I woke up early in the morning and set a table between two apple trees, red apples hung directly over the table. Martynas Jankus and the deportation of East Prussian civilians to Russia during World War I, . 30 July 1914. It is estimated that 3,450 Jews or 2.3 percent of the Jewish victims killed during the Russian Civil War were murdered by the Bolshevik armies. Many Russian soldiers, though amazed at the richness of Germany compared to their own country, senselessly destroyed captured cities. Mariusz Lesaw Krogulski, "Okupacja w imi sojuszu" Poland 2001. sfn error: no target: CITEREFMarshall2010 (, sfn error: no target: CITEREFVouitra2011 (, Vertreibung und Vertreibungsverbrechen 19451978. , During the winter of 194142, the Red Army captured approximately 10,000 German soldiers each month, but the death rate became so high that the absolute number of prisoners decreased (or was bureaucratically reduced). For the same reason, I dont really think that World War I brutalized warfare as such in any substantial way. . More Poles were settled in southern East Prussia, renamed the "Warminsko- Mazurskie Voivodship." The policy of communist Poland after the war dictated that German names be systematically removed, church yards and grave stones ploughed under, monuments demolished, and houses  The NKVD task forces followed the Red Army to remove 'hostile elements' from the conquered territories in what was known as the 'revolution by hanging'. A lot of guys were very drunk. The Germans retreated back. At four in the morning, Riazanov and Iurchuk arrived. The places were overrun by the Soviet 4th Guards Tank Corps on the night of 10 and 11 February 1943. Most Red Army atrocities took place only in what was regarded as hostile territory (see Przyszowice massacre). At 9 AM they roused the whole division and we marched to the Danilin farmstead. Res Publica i Wyd.  Deserters from the Soviet Army in 1984 claimed that they had heard of Afghan women being raped. A partisan war broke out in response to the atrocities of the destruction battalions, with tens of thousands of men forming the Forest Brothers to protect the local population from these battalions. The prosecution of these cases legally had to go through local . The scale of rape of Polish women in 1945 led to a pandemic of sexually transmitted diseases. When the Allied Powers of World War II founded the post-war International Military Tribunal to examine war crimes committed during the conflict by Nazi Germany, with officials from the Soviet Union taking an active part in the judicial processes, there was no examination of Allied Forces' actions and no charges were ever brought against its troops, because they were also an undefeated power which then held Europe under military occupation, marring the historical authority of the Tribunal's activity as being, in part, victor's justice. It was one of the occasions during the glasnost and perestroika era in which the USSR used force against dissidents. In the early 1970s I worked at a hotel in Washington, D.C. with an elderly East Prussian, who, if memory serves, was from the Tilsit area. 2000.  The local Chinese population sometimes even joined in these attacks against the Japanese population with the Soviet soldiers. The Germans were able to prevail and retook much of the ground captured by the Russians.  In Krakw, the Soviet entry into the city was accompanied by mass rapes of Polish women and girls, as well as the plunder of private property by Red Army soldiers. I don't believe that the Russian troops behaved substantially worse or better than the troops of other countries. (From the description of the book you linked, it is clear that this was a phenomenon among many of the wars combatants.). "Unheard-of Brutality": Russian Atrocities against Civilians in East Prussia, 1914-1915 * Alexander Watson; Alexander Watson. The division set out and at six oclock in the evening crossed the border near the Filippovskii customs post in the direction of the town of Marusken, which is a verst from the Russian border. Not that the NKVD had sadists in its ranks who had run amok; rather, this was a wide and systematic procedure. Many of the people were killed after torture. Indiscriminate killings of civilians attempting to flee the violence. . by sylvieK4 09 Nov 2004, 15:59, Post Dear Doverog - I appear to have a slightly different view of the so called History .  He is the only former Soviet partisan convicted of crimes against humanity. , Deportations, summary executions of political prisoners and the burning of foodstocks and villages took place when the Red Army retreated before the advancing Axis forces in 1941. East Prussia (Ostpreuen) was a province of the Kingdom of Prussia from 1773 to 1829 and again from 1878 to 1945. ( 1)", "Stadt ohne Mnner - Berlin - Tagesspiegel", 'They raped every German female from eight to 80', "Red Army troops raped even Russian women as they freed them from camps", "Remembering Rape: Divided Social Memory and the Red Army in Hungary 19441945", "Masacrul de la Fntna Alb, ngropat de KGB: peste 2000 de romni ucii de trupele sovietice", "Masacrul de la Fntna Alb. According to Soviet sources, 102,125 persons were "resettled" to the GDR in 1947 and 1948, but only 99,481 arrived (GDR authorities attributed this to "perhaps a Soviet calculation error.") In May 1951, another 3,000 East Prussian were shipped to the GDR. These were organized after victims had been arrested under false charges by the NKVD or other Soviet controlled security organisations such as the Ministry of Public Security. ", In a November 1941 report, the Wehrmacht War Crimes Bureau accused the Red Army of employing "a terror policy against defenseless German soldiers that have fallen into its hands and against members of the German medical corps. This kind of feeling would make sense later in the war, and particularly dug in on the western front where the lines of battle moved little, but Im surprised to see it so early on the eastern front. A particularly infamous example took place after the Crimean city of Feodosia was briefly recaptured by Soviet forces on December 29, 1942. On Page 234 of his . 29 July 1914. East Prussia. To the contrary, I think many shifts occur very quickly and at the very outset of the war. Soviet political repressions in Estonia were met by an armed resistance by the Forest Brothers, composed of former conscripts into the German military, Omakaitse militia and volunteers in the Finnish Infantry Regiment 200 who fought a guerrilla war, which was not completely suppressed until the late 1950s. Polska a Rosja 193942. Many soldiers and officers were buried over the course of those days. , After the retreat of the Wehrmacht from Crimea, the NKVD deported around 200,000 Crimean Tatars from the peninsula on 18 May 1944. Documents relating to the war in France, Italy, and North Africa contain some reports on the deliberate killing of German prisoners of war, but there can be no comparison with the events on the Eastern Front. On a related note, I would argue that its easy to exaggerate the process of brutalization or weariness as processes that unfold slowly during the war. Nazi behaviour in Russia during the war is also analysed along with the actions of . 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International Commission For the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania. We marched to the village of Albotvingen. East Prussia is a country, duchy and province. . At the time and long afterwards, German sources insisted that East Prussia had been despoiled and its inhabitants violated by the invading Russian troops in the time period between the Russian invasion and the German victories at Tannenberg and the Masurian Lakes that drove the Russians back on their side of the border. In August 1941, all residents of the village of Viru-Kabala were killed including a two-year-old child and a six-day-old infant. by michael mills 15 Nov 2004, 00:25, Post Estonians residing in Leningrad Oblast had already been subjected to deportation since 1935.  Units of the Red Army carried out campaigns against Polish partisans and civilians. Goldsmiths, University of London. 160 wounded soldiers had been left in military hospitals by the retreating Wehrmacht. According to data from Soviet archives, which were published in 1990, 1,803,392 people were sent to labor colonies and camps in 1930 and 1931, and 1,317,022 reached the destination.  However, Naimark contends that the rapes continued until the winter of 194748, when Soviet occupation authorities finally confined troops to strictly guarded posts and camps.  , According to historian Norman Naimark, statements in Soviet military newspapers and the orders of the Soviet high command were jointly responsible for the excesses of the Red Army. . , In order to separate the mujahideen from the local populations and eliminate their support, the Soviet army killed and drove off civilians, and used scorched earth tactics to prevent their return. The group of 17 Holocaust museums from the U.S., U.K., Canada and South Africa are supporting an international investigation into whether Russia committed war crimes and genocide in Ukraine. , According to historian James Mark, memories and opinions of the Red Army in Hungary are mixed. Many others, however, remained in the GULAG long after the surrender of Nazi Germany.  Naimark concluded that "The social psychology of women and men in the Soviet zone of occupation was marked by the crime of rape from the first days of occupation, through the founding of the GDR in the fall of 1949, until, one could argue, the present. I might add that I have studied the First World War in the East rather extensively and I don't believe that the Russian troops behaved substantially worse or better than the troops of other countries. document.getElementById( "ak_js_1" ).setAttribute( "value", ( new Date() ).getTime() ); This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. It is precisely the normality of his tone that is most shocking. They dealt a healthy blow to the fascists. Here is what British historian John Keegan has to say on the subject of the behavior of Russian troops in Eastern Prussia in 1914: "Tannenburg, as a result, became for the Germans their outstanding victory of the conflict. I have read academic blogs from time to time and I usually enjoy them. 1915 Persecution Of Six Million Jews Charged Against Russia CIVILIANS FOUND DEAD Telephones and Observations from Tower Said to Have Caused Death of . We broke open their cellars, took out harmonicas, brought some wine, and began a real party.  Only a small number of pogroms were attributed to the Red Army, with the vast majority of the 'collectively violent' acts in the period having been committed by anti-Communist and nationalist forces. Subbotin reports his own behavior and the behavior of his comrades just after they crossed the German border in 1914 without a hint of self-censorship. We traveled lightly, taking only our weapons, the rest we left behind, we were on field patrol. Following World War II and the subsequent suppression of the Lithuanian Forest Brothers, the Soviet authorities executed thousands of resistance fighters and civilians whom they accused of aiding them. "[pagesneeded], In the Soviet occupation zone, members of the SED reported to Stalin that looting and rape by Soviet soldiers could result in a negative reaction by the German population towards the Soviet Union and the future of socialism in East Germany. Read; View source; View history; Article; Talk; Tools. The Russian force in East Prussia was divided into the First Army under Paul von Rennenkampf and the Second Army under Alexander Samsonov. , Some German prisoners were released soon after the war. Some sources claim that as many as 1,000 civilians may have been executed during the incident. Its capital city was Knigsberg (presentday Kaliningrad). "The Russian soldiers were raping every German female from eight to eighty. , By 1939 the Ingrian Finnish population had decreased to about 50,000, which was about 43% of 1928 population figures, and the Ingrian Finn national district was abolished., Following the German invasion of the Soviet Union and the beginning of the Leningrad Blockade, in early 1942 all 20,000 Ingrian Finns remaining in Soviet-controlled territory were deported to Siberia.  This caused concern to the Yugoslav communist partisans, who feared that stories of crimes committed by their Soviet allies would weaken their standing among the population. by WalterS 09 Nov 2004, 17:22, Post Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, a more systematic, locally controlled discussion of these events has taken place.. 3 August. "[pagesneeded][pagesneeded], Accordingly, all evidence such as reports, photos and other documents of looting, rape, the burning down of farms and villages by the Red Army was deleted from all archives in the future GDR. These Japanese women mostly married Chinese men and became known as "stranded war wives" (zanryu fujin). David M. '70 and Linda Roth Professor of History Between 1940 and 1941, thousands of Lithuanians were arrested and hundreds of political prisoners were arbitrarily executed. An order issued by Stavka on 20 April 1945 said that there was a need to maintain good relations with German civilians in order to decrease resistance and bring a quicker end to hostilities. .  This behavior reached such a scale that even Polish Communists installed by the Soviet Union composed a letter of protest to Joseph Stalin himself, while church Masses were held in expectation of a Soviet withdrawal.. Founded in 1999. 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