German victim is first to break silence on Red Army rapists after 65 years





A German woman has become the first of an estimated 2 million victims of rape by Soviet soldiers in the Second World War to break the taboo on talking publicly about the crimes.

Gabriele Koepp's book Why Did I Have To Be A Girl, about the rapes carried out by the Red Army as they marched on Berlin, is the first to be published under a victim's real name.

The soldiers were encouraged by their leader Josef Stalin to regard the crime as a spoil of war after Hitler's invasion had left 26 million Russians dead.

The Russian establishment continues to deny the events.

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