Historians estimate that more than 1.000,000 children were born to German soldiers enforcing the four-year Nazi occupation of Europe, about 200,000 in France alone.
We have discussed extensively on the rape committed by Russian, American and French soldiers on German women during and after WW2. We largely believed that men of the Wehrmacht were not so amorous and brutal when dealing with women in lands they conquered. A silly illusion. These men were as immoral and boorish as the Russians and Japanese. In fact having sex was encouraged by their commanders as matter of policy. Amorous and lustful men made better fighters and killers, the thinking went.
French women were brought into Wehrmacht brothels (see Schmidt, Kitty “Madame Katharine”)and forced into prostitution. There is evidence that sexual violence was institutionalized in the German army.
Of the more than 17 million Wehrmacht soldiers until 1944 just 5349 were punished for “moral crimes”. Overall, however, military sentences were passed against some 1.5 million members of the Wehrmacht for desertion or self-mutilation.
The small number of sanctioned sexual offenses provides little information about the actual extent. Rather, rape was either not displayed, or they only played a “minor role” in the eyes of the military judge.
There were rapes as this led the commander of the 14th Army in September 1939, to urge his commanders after the invasion of Poland to take action against the “mistreatment of defenseless” and to “rape”. In September 1941, when the Wehrmacht was in the Soviet Union, Field Marshal Günther von Kluge in a command ordered to maintain the “discipline” after the increase of rape.
A major factor in the low number of convictions is that enemy people were considered outlaws on the orders of Hitler which prevailed since May 13, 1941, which forbade persecution of German soldiers for “actions committed by members of the Armed Forces against enemy civilians”.
German historians say that at least 400,000 children were fathered by troops of the four allied powers that occupied Germany after World War Two. They resulted from widespread rapes as well as love affairs.
In the decade after World War II, more than 100,000 babies were born to unwed German mothers and Allied soldier fathers. Most of the men left Europe without ever meeting their children. Now, many “occupation babies” are scrambling to find their fathers before it’s too late.
French ans Dutch female collaborator punished by having her head shaved to publicly mark her, 1944