Ordeals of German women 1944-1949

Such incidents went on and on. I have been an eyewitness, as a woman from Puppen was accosted on the road between Puppen and Sysdräu from a group of Russians, about 100 men. The woman had two small children with her. As the woman was raped, the children began to cry. So the children were torn literally into pieces and the woman was raped until she lay dead, and after the woman was dead, they still used her.


Leidenswege deutscher Frauen

Gert O. E. Sattler

Leidensweg deutscher Frauen 1944-1949

Poems – Documents – Reports


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Sattler, Gert O. E .:

Ordeal of German women 1944-1949: Poems – Documents – Reports. – Kiel Arndt, 1996

ISBN 3-88741-180-3

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“To be credible, we must also be willing to condemn all crimes, even if the victims were German or are. For me as Este, it is difficult to understand why the Germans taboo their own history so that it is enormously difficult to publicize the injustice against the Germans or to discuss it, without being looked down upon, but not by Estonians or Finns, but by the Germans themselves.”

[*germanvictims: Because the Jews run Germany and Germany is occupied by Allied forces, under the U.S., and the Germans have been gagged to hide the crimes of the Allies!]

Lennart Meri, Estonian President


If it is true that German women were crucified onto wagons, barn doors and in churches,

if it is true that German women were tied together and dragged behind tanks,

if it is true that German women have been hanged on one leg and butchered,

if it is true that German women were together with their children tarred and lit on fire,

if it is true that German women and their daughters often were raped beyond death,

if it is true that German women at night were shot before bomb craters

if it is true that German women were humiliated in the first half of the century and humiliated, punished and tortured, strangled, raped, drowned, mutilated, hung and trampled to death,

then one wonders why the suffering of these women is a taboo and hushed up? [germanvictims: It’s because Germany is occupied by the abusers as of this day, 2015]

Reconciliation and understanding between peoples, a flourishing life together in a better future is not reached by taboos and repression processes, not with half truths. With all your heart you have to make a clean sweep: a clean sweep.

Every nation has the right, even if it has done wrong to talk about its own suffering, especially if innocent people were affected. Any other people would do this and remember their innocent victims. Germans are an exception to all eternity?

Gert O. E. Sattler

Trauma – Poem

Fifty years of banishment from home, from home, where you were once born, are and remain genocide’s and will remain so in the future: love can not be driven out.

Fifty years of expulsion from ancestral land where you once found the childhood pictures and happiness of youth, are trauma, without question every year and every day.

Fifty years of the expulsion of a people from its nest are a hard lot in life; because it rubs the soul sore: Everything you can rob people, but not the native faith! – Bruns – The threat from the Steppe (1943)

Russian killing babiesThe East Block countries’ military men or civilians, took German babies in the presence of the mother and beat them against each other or against a wall or truck or tank until they were dead. Even Communist women did this.

Deadly stomach wound – “The German men had to when Russians came in, quickly jump up and stand at attention (civilians, old men). Because it once did not go fast enough, Mr. Winkler also the old gentleman Münchow who lived with his family away in a house was shot. Was later joined by robbers, Poles, who threw him over the beds and lifeless lying there in a corner. Baron von K. was shot by the Russians, also his old, eighty year old mother when she walked in the Castle Park …

By Russians with typhus infected about 20 women who died in the village …

As a young girl wanted to defend the robbery of their single cow, she got a fatal shot in the stomach. End of 1946, then hit our liberation hour. Property and honor had already been taken away from us, now they robbed us even our Pomeranian homeland. “

Handwritten report of LF from Stettin, undated, pages 2.5, BArch, East Doc. 2/151, pp 197-199 (The author asks for concealment of her name), in: expulsion, S. 234th

Disaster – Poem

Suffering through hunger and escape, is a heavy burden of time, but worse is the trauma of homelessness.

This fate was allotted relentlessly; because they chased women and children in need recklessly into the night.

People were driven out of the ancestral lands, many in hatred, murdered, their number is unknown.

But no monument, no panel shows the victims name: wars are the death of the earth and are humanity’s curse.

Misery among refugees

“It began to snow and then a heavy snowstorm. The streets gradually became clogged completely, plus the snow on the heights  [hills in the triangle of Preußisch Eylau, Zinten and Heilsberg, bordered by the Passarge of all, the Frisching and the pasmar, highest elevation of the Schlossberg in Wildenhof with 216 meters]. Partially it was necessary to relax and to submit to get the heavy car forward. On the night of 31 (January 1945), we first stood in a snowstorm in the street until my husband then took us to a small farm, where we found all some space in the crowded animal stall. On the  31st  we arrived with much difficulty because the roads were covered with snow and a lot of cars stuck fixed on locations, on Lichtenfeld in the evening after Müngen, 2 km behind Lichtenfeld … The misery among refugees, especially the people from the cities who arrived on foot with small handcarts or sledges was appalling.Junges Maedchen

After snowfall thaw had occurred and clothes and footwear wet through and through and often broken, so that the people on stockings walked…

About three clock at night on Dec 2 we moved slowly on the meadows in front of the lagoon. It was snowing in dense flocks … “

Typewritten report of Mrs Lisa Macketanz from Donau, district Bartenstein, (with signed declaration) from 03.14.1953, 7.5 pages BArch, East Doc. 2/4, pp 204-211, in: Expulsion, S. 151f.

Born in the snow – Poem

When Joseph to Jerusalem went to get help, Maria already received the Child Jesus in Bethlehem.

The fish sign on the heavens came up, a miracle, far and near: Saturn and Mars and Jupiter merged star by star.

So many woman in deep pain screamed and cried softly, when they came down in the snow during the trek through frost and ice.

There were many on the run, they were praying in groups to the man who was once born two thousand years’ earlier.

The corpse of an old womanAeltere Frau

“In the evening we came to Neidenburg. Fires lit up the city. Caravans were on fire. Our homes they had set on fire. However, many houses had been spared. Large trees lined the road. In a side street was at the decorative hedge of a house which was separated from the sidewalk by a high grid, the corpse of an old woman: Her dress was torn, between her skinny legs was a telephone, the handset was, as best as could, pushed into the vagina.  Around leisurely roamed soldiers, from house to house, some had bundles or suitcases when one of them told talkatively: the German there was a spy;. they had caught her on the phone and did not give her much of a chance to scream.”

Observations of the then Soviet major and later civil rights activist Lev Kopelew in: Kopelew, S. 99th


Much will today be hushed, what happened at the end ‘of the war with the girls, mothers, women and the children who saw everything.

Only a pin head from the image of the massacre in the country, is on record and known on planet Earth.

Raping, robbing, burning, killing was allowed, as if  legal, relentless was the dying, many died under torture.

Germans were  eradicated; but the subject is taboo: people are silent, files are silent, and the world is silent too.

 Young WomanThen everything around me went dark

“In Liebstadt we were overtaken by the Russians, and our ordeal began. I think it was around midnight when the first Russians invaded the Inn, where there were about 60 people …

They pushed me with fists and rifle butts outside, and finally I ended up in a stable. When I tried to defend myself, I received a violent blow on the chest, so that I collapsed. Then it all turned dark around me. It may well have been several hours, when I came to my senses. I was in a goose pen, my clothing was completely torn and soiled. When I came to my family again, I was told that all the young women and girls were also taken out … When we came to Hohenstein, it was getting light. We were there attacked by a horde of wounded Russians. Mother and I were dragged by eight of them from the car, brought in a barn, and there we were at the mercy of these beasts …

One morning we were loaded onto trucks and transported  into the prison of Bartenstein. “

Typewritten report of Mrs Marga Gunia of   Grünfließ by Neidenburg from 28.05.1951 (with handwritten signature), 2.5 pages BArch, East Doc. 2/28, S. 15-17, in: expulsion, S. 203f.

Suffering – PoemMutterund Maedchen

The  first time they took them into a geese stable at Liebstadt, middle of the night, first it was three of them, then all.

The second time they hunted them through ditches and fences into the field at Hohenstein then in a barn.

The third time they were thrown into the prison cellar. What was worth a human life? Not a red cent!

In the labor camp they beat her bare skin into shreds. What has this woman done? Who can understand their lot?

Then I was bought by a Serbian farmer

“My compatriot Elisabeth Stadlmann born Fuderer who had hidden some valuables with her, was completely stripped naked and severely beaten by partisans that the was black and blue. Then she had to stand for two hours in the corner.

On the first night a Russian soldier came to our camp and dragged out the 18 year old Rosina Pimpi from Apatin. The girl screamed for help and we women all also. The girl managed to free herself and hid among the women. The soldier returned and ordered to turn on immediately light, gave off three shots and kicked Anna Burg born Sayer, mother of seven children, so that her teeth broke out and her body was blue. He ordered that it should be given to him at once a girl voluntarily, otherwise he would shoot us all. My compatriot Anna Manz put herself to his disposal …Kartoffelschaelerin

My country fellow Maria Getto had taken her hidden prayer book and a rosary. Cursing threw a Partisan these to the ground and trampled it. I was then locked two days without food and water in the basement and was not even allowed to go out for the toilet.

Then I was bought by a Serbian farmer for three days to do fieldwork. Because it was common practice that workers were sold to companies or individuals, men for 70, – and the women for 50, – Dinars, to perform work outside the camp. This money was paid to the camp managers, we never received any of it. “

Typewritten report of Mrs. Barbara Beiler from Apatin (Batschka, Yugoslavia) from 01.28.1947 (with handwritten signature), 5.25 pages BArch, East Doc. 2/401, S.l-6, in: expulsion, S. 307f.

Slavery – PoemJunge Frau

When defeat came, the last protection was lost: Helpless, German women were driven into slavery.

In prison they suffered in their soul, and the fear and torments of hell: scoundrels they had slaved for during the day and by night they had to be ‘willing’. In the morning they were sold, the evening locked up safely and dragged in the night by guards greedily from the straw.

Many died, tortured to death without an echo in the world, without a track of their grave.

The children were literally ripped apart

“I became an eyewitness, as a woman with two daughters in a home was raped behind Johannishoehe bei about 100 Russians, the youngest daughter was eight years and the oldest twelve years of age. The poor ones were long raped until all were lying unconscious .. . A young woman, also from our village, was sick with typhus and was laying there with her two young children, and in spite of the disease she was raped by twelve Russians.

Such incidents cite on and on. I have been an eyewitness, as a woman from Puppen from a group of Russians, about 100 men, was accosted on the road between Puppen and Sysdräu. The woman had two small children with her. As the woman was raped, the children began to cry. So the children were torn literally into pieces and the woman was raped until she lay dead, and after the woman was dead, they still abused her.

Typewritten report of Robert Killisch from Kurwien, Kreis Johannisburg, a page, BArch, East Doc. 2/19, page 74, in: Ahrens, p.69.

Necrophilia – PoemSchlesische Baeuerin

God enacted laws and prohibitions, that man breaks in War and Peace: How much misery has seen the night, how much cruelty daylight?

People are often worse than volcanoes and crustier than lava rock – what drives them to crime, to murder, causing hell fire pain?

Dead women were raped, hatred and revenge gave no rest. Did the souls of the tortured women saw the abuse of their corpses?

Men standing in the queue in front of the victims were man touching man. Dead eyes, with big pupil looked frozen in terror  at the perpetrators.

Stripped naked in the snow

“On 01/31/1947 I arrived in Gakovo and remained here until 02/27/1947.
I was with two gravediggers of the camp, Josef Geis and Anton Buschbacher, both from Sonta, in a room. They told me that the dead were piled in mass graves each with 600 to 700 bodies piled on top each other. The bodies were laid side by side, filled the gaps between the adults with children’s bodies … The camp people were severely beaten by extremely crude Guardsmen and severely punished for trifles. I saw how a 27-year old woman named Catherine Jary who had been caught begging food, was stripped naked in the camp in the snow. She was spat upon and beaten bloody. A Partisan stabbed her with a rod in the genitals. Her only fault was that the woman had, begging food for her father, who was helplessly abandoned to starvation. The old man had been driven in winter to wood cutting without footwear, which he had frozen and amputated both feet. The woman’s child was starved to death already. After this woman had been so mistreated, she was brought to the top of a cellar, with her back to the opening, and then pushed down. This ‘throwing in the basement’ was one of the most common punishments. “

Typewritten report Signed Hans Brandt from Sonta, district Sombor, Yugoslavia, 4 pages, BArch, Ost-Dok. 2/401, pages 156-159, in: Ahrens, S. 314f.

Bildnis Frau AExcesses – Poem

Women had to endure after the war torment, hardshipsuffering, because they were German women

Unimaginable the methods and the way that they thought up,
on how to use and torture the German women

In Winner’s hunger camps they were tortured, beaten, had to endure until death delivered to these henchmen.

Never has on seen so many  women in morning light, cut open and raped to death: that was new in history.

Raped countless times

“On the morning of February 8, 1945 we came under Russian rule …
Even on the day the Russians would not let us in peace. I was raped countless times, even my 75 year old mother-in-law was not spared.

On February 19, they wanted to take me with my four children aged two to eight years to a forced labor camp. Even my old and infirm mother should go. We had to make our way to the labor camp on foot. After we had gone about four km, saved us a happy coincidence from the labor camp. Suddenly a car stopped on the road and took us to the next town, after Heilsberg. The rider, who was to take us to the labor camp, had to leave without having achieved anything. Heilsberg from the next day we had the opportunity to go back to our homeland. Once there, I learned about further atrocities that had happened to my family. They had my 72 year old father and a 84-year farmer known to me, who had taken refuge there, shot … Through all the many hardships and mistreatment I was physically and emotionally so far run down that my mother did not recognize me. Only gradually she could believe that I was her daughter. “

Report of Marie G., asks for their name  in concealment,  from an undisclosed village in the district Heilsberg / Eastern Prussia, 3 pages, BArch, Ost-Dok. 2/15, S. 94-96, in: Ahrens, S. 70f.

Genocide – Poem

The conscience of the world is silent, what once happened after great battle, the women were crucified naked, killed on barn doors.

They tied the girl behind tanks with animal robe, leg to leg, they dragged them, raped many times, in winter over hill and rocks.

German mothers had to hold the torch, when they took their daughters shamefully, and if they died in  shame and pain, the mother‘s turn came.

There will be many more killings because peace often does not last long;
but genocide, even if on Germans, in the history is not barred by time.

They drank the blood

“Many arrested German had meanwhile been brought in and detained in various rooms in the school building.

On October 16, at ten clock in the evening brought out of the rooms 130 of them. They were beaten terribly by the partisans in the aisles. Many were given broken bones and broken legs and remained covered in blood lying on the ground. Those who could still walk were undressed at night, tied up and completely naked walked out to the Schinderanger, where they were executed. But those who were unable to walk, were tied up and and thrown on a car…

From the series of bloody deeds, who were committed bei the partisans, the following example should be mentioned. In the second half of October 1944, the partisans cut off the heads of two sisters named Schmidt, the daughters of the miller Schmidt from Banaviste. This misdeed they completed in a new building at the airfield in Kovin. 70 partisans under the leadership of their commander Trintscha, a gypsy from Gaja in the district of Kovin, drank the blood of the beheaded sisters Schmidt. Their bloodlust drove these murderers to the brink of insanity. “

Typewritten report of the baker Johann Fischer from Kubin (Kovin, Banat, Yugoslavia) dated July 19, 1947 (Signed by) 8.25 pages BArch, Ost-Dok. 2/392, pp 5-13, in: expulsion, S. 300f.Rote Kreuz Schwester

Blood Frenzy

As Germany’s Wehrmacht went down, women and children experienced
the massacre of genocide by thugs and sexual abusers. 

Two sisters have been rigorously no matter of petitions and begging,
cut off their heads with butcher knives.

They drank the fresh blood of the girl, and then began a hunt
of all Germans, young and old, and beat them to death.

It suffered during the massacre, women, children, old people: They were tortured to death in gruesome ways.

14 days meant certain death

“The most feared punishment was the penalty column line. Isidor Kujawski was the leader.
Kujawski was tireless in devising new tortures and harassments. Here 14 days meant certain death. Mostly it got elderly women. They were accused of rejecting work, whereupon they came in the penalty column. As a welcome here you got 50 strokes on the buttocks, after which people are no longer in their right mind. This Kujawski also reached everything was agreeable to him.
Some women he forced to cover their head with cow dung, to eat frogs, during which time they had to constantly sing and dance.
If he had an eye on particular women particularly in mind, so they had to clean out the outdoor toilets (defecation falls into a hole), where they had to fish out the condoms that were floating around in their mouth and had to blow on them. He picked out military men and women, forced her to undress in front of him. Before his eyes, these people had to perform sexual intercourse. On knees women were pulling carts with boards, he walked after them and beat them on the soles of their feet. “

Typewritten report of Ruth Rasche from Bromberg (with Signed), 11 pages, BArch, East Doc, pp 143- 153 in. Ahrens, S 129

Punishment  column – Poem

Kujawski was the commander, who most tormented women,
who took from them strength and dignity and and counted all his beatings.

To debut he hit her fifty times on the buttocks,
it tore her pride, and every cry broke the self-confidence.

He sneered: Lubricate yourself with cow dung on the spot
and sing and dance and laugh, otherwise you will go to hell!

And in the evening they had to wear the black and blue stripes for the tormentors to see and to be mocked.

A bullet in the head

“In Krusevlje, a neighboring village, who had also been converted into a camp, two women were taken capitve; they were led before the municipal office, and there they were shot in front of their children and after they were loaded onto a wheelbarrow and brought to the cemetary while their children went alongside. One of these women was not dead yet, and  she came to herself, her children walked beside her and she told her children: ‘Your mother must die because she loved you so much. Be good ‘. ” (The Mother’s crime was that she had sneaked out of the camp to beg bread for her children.)
There walked up a partisan and shot her a bullet in the head. Later, her children came to the orphanage Gakovo. When I asked one of the children there, a girl of about two years: “Rosi, where is your mother,” she said, “shut”

Typewritten report of the chaplin Paul Pfuhl from Filipovo District Hodschag in Backa, Yugoslavia, of 19 October 1956 56 pages, BArch, Ost-Dok. V / 59, p 431, in: Documentation Bd.V, S.431.

Immensity – Poem

There’s never been in such immensity in this world by a people of defeat,
the desecration and humiliation of the women
by night and by day.

The ordeal and death pathway
was filled with grief and horror, they beat the youngest children dead
and took the girls, mothers, and women.

What had they done to the world that they were impaled or hanged and shot, stabbed, beaten to death, burned, choked and drowned?

Why is this fact even in their own country and in the whole world
hushed up by all the powers?

Executed with a Meat CleaverFruehlingslied

“A girl from Franzfeld, Banat, Elisabeth Schessler wanted to commit suicide in desperation. She jumped out of the window from the hall into a 20 meter deep well. There was not was a lot of water, and the girl could therefore be rescued alive again. She was brought back into the hall and later tied up in another room with a wire, pulled over a door and hung with her left foot upwards. With a meat cleaver her body was then split in half. Her body was brought to the cemetery of criminals. The partisans slaughtered in a similar manner several women and girls.

We had to undress, the better garments they took from us. We were tied up and beaten. During undressing, since it was likely to slowly a hit with the rifle on my foot, so that all five middle bones and three toes were broken.

Karl Fesz was tied to a bench and beaten with wire whips that on the end had hooks so that the flesh came off his body. His remains were brought to the Schinderhof cemetery. “

Typewritten report of the baker Johann Fischer from Kubin (Kovin, Banat, Yugoslavia) on June 19, 1947 (Signed by) 8.25 pages BArch, Ost-Dok. 2/392, pp 5-13, in: expulsion, S. 5-13, in Expulsion, S. 301

This so far is about 1/4 of the book.

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