Woman Opens Up In New Book About Soviet Rapes
February 28, 2010
Gabriele Koepp’s book, “Why Did I Have To Be A Girl” is the first book written by a victim of the brutal rapes that is published under her actual name, breaking a long established silence on what was considered by her generation to be a taboo.
“I was hardly more than a child. Writing this has not been easy, but I had no choice: who else would do it?” the 80-year-old woman said of her work.
Koepp is one of an estimated two million German females to be raped by the Red Army, after Josef Stalin encouraged his troops to use rape as punishment for Hitler’s invasion that left millions dead.
She was raped for two weeks by various soldiers until she was hidden on a farm.
She was eventually reunited with her mother, but the woman refused to listen to her daughter’s ordeal, treating her coldly.
It was a treatment the girls and women raped by soldiers often experienced, and so they held their pain and shame in silence.
“Why Did I Have To Be A Girl” will be published in an English edition this summer.