Rape Was Always a Possibility from “Suppressed I Rise”
“I was sleeping on the couch one afternoon when suddenly I sensed that someone was leaning over me. When I opened my eyes I saw the burly farmer standing there, unbuttoning his pants. Instinctively, I knew what he was up to! Hans wouldn’t be as easy to dissuade as the sturdy young man who had guided me up the mountain. With no time to think I let fly with my foot, kicking him in the groin. The force from the kick caused him to inadvertently fall forward, hitting a small end table with his mouth. When this happened he bit his lip and broke his dentures.”
During and after the war, life became dangerous for women as police protection vanished along with civility. Of course most people were still guided by their moral upbringing however, others took advantage of the diminished presence of civilian authority. Looting became common place and the rape of women who were left behind when their husbands and lovers went to war, became a distinct reality. After the war American GIs in postwar Germany were for the greatest part well-liked and well-behaved. However, a book By Klaus Wiegrefe, claims that US soldiers raped up to 190,000 women. German historian Miriam Gebhardt, published a book in 2015, Als die Sodaten kamen (When the Soldiers Came), casting a definite doubt on American behavior regarding women in Germany’s postwar history.
Captain Hank Bracker, author of the multi-award winning book, “The Exciting Story of Cuba” has now written “Suppressed I Rise.” This book is for anyone interested in a very personal, human view of the history of World War II. A mother’s attempt to protect and raise her two young daughters in hostile NAZI Germany challenges her sensibilities and resourcefulness. Both books are available at Amazon.com, Barnes&Nobel.com, BooksAMillion.com and Independent Book Shops.