Russia has banned a book about the rape of German women by Soviet soldiers

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Ministry of Justice contributed in the register of extremist materials is an autobiographical book by German journalist Martha Hillers “Woman in Berlin” (Eine Frau in Berlin), which tells about the mass rape of German women by Soviet soldiers. The Abakan City Court of the Republic of Khakassia recognized the book as extremist.

The Hillers Diary covers the period from April 20 to June 22, 1945. It describes the violence she experienced and the survival strategies that German women had to turn to. This is, for example, the search for “protection” from soldiers from Soviet officers: women had to have regular sexual relations with them in order not to be subjected to disorderly rape.

Hillers published the book anonymously in 1954 – it was published in English in the United States and caused a stir. It was soon translated into Dutch, Italian, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Spanish and Japanese. The book was published in Germany in 1959 – it was either ignored or scolded for tarnishing the honor of German women. In 2003, Hillers’ authorship was revealed by German investigative journalists after the woman’s death in 2001. The Russian translation of “Women in Berlin” was published in 2019 by the Belgorod independent publishing house “Tottenburg”.

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In 2008, the book was screened. The role of the Soviet officer – the lover of the main character – in the German film “Nameless” was played by Russian actor Yevgeny Sidikhin. The picture is not mentioned in the list of extremist materials.

Hillers was born in 1911 in Krefeld. She traveled a lot in Europe, visited the USSR, worked in Moscow, in “Soyuzfoto”, knew Russian well. In the mid-1930s, she began working as a journalist in Berlin and supported the National Socialists. Hillers joined the Imperial Union of German Writers and began writing for the NSDAP propaganda newspaper Angrif, founded by Josef Goebbels. After the war she moved to Switzerland.

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