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Latest hand-picked WWII news. See also: War Brides, Women in World War II, Women, War and Horror, Comfort Women, WW2 Female Pilots.

Nazi bride schools trained girls to be perfect wives for SS men in the Third Reich
A set of rules for would-be wives of Nazis in the Third Reich has been discovered. Regulations dictated that young women would be taught ‘washing, cooking, childcare and home design` before they could walk up the aisle with the men who would rule conquered lands with an iron fist. They were also instructed in social niceties and how to bring up their children worshipping Hitler. "This is participation in the resurrection path of our people," said Gertrud Scholtz-Klink, chief of the Nazi bride schools. Along with the rulebook found in the Federal Archive were certificates adorned with the Germanic ‘Tree of Life` which were presented to young girls who passed the 6-week course to marry their sweethearts in the SS.
(dailymail.co.uk)

Conflict-Series: A highly rated strategy game series for Android
If you love classic PC war games and legendary strategy board games make sure to check out the highly rated Conflict-series for Android. Some of the WWII Campaigns include D-Day 1944, Operation Barbarossa, Invasion of Poland 1939, France 1940, Kursk 1943, Market Garden, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Rommel's North African campaign, the Battle of Bulge, and the Battle of Berlin 1945. In addition there are American Civil War, First World War and American Revolutionary War scenarios available.
(available on Google Play & Amazon App Store)

What Soldiers Do: Sex and the American GI in World War II France
Americans often think of WWII as the "good war," but historian Mary Louise Roberts says her new book might make our understanding of that conflict "more truthful and more complex." The book, "What Soldiers Do: Sex and the American GI in World War II France", tells the story of relations between American men and French women in Normandy and elsewhere. The Americans were liberators; the French were liberated. But sex created tensions and resentments that were serious, yet were utterly absent from contemporary accounts for American audiences back home. Roberts suggests that the tensions weren`t entirely accidental: "Sex was fundamental to how the U.S. military framed, fought and won the war in Europe."
(wamc.org)

Woman finds sweetheart`s Wartime Diary, 70 years later
Before Cpl. Thomas "Cotton" Jones was killed by a Japanese sniper in the South Pacific in 1944, he wrote what he called his "last life request" to anyone who might find his diary: Please give it to Laura Mae Davis, the girl he loved. Davis did get to read the diary, but not until nearly 70 years later, when she saw it in a display case at the National World War II Museum. "I didn`t have any idea there was a diary in there," said the 90-year-old Mooresville, Ind., woman. She said it brought tears to her eyes.
(foxnews.com)

Beloved Criminal recounts how author Gisela Heidenreich mother fell in love with a Nazi criminal
The life of Horst Wagner, a man with the blood of at least 350,000 Jews on his hands, is explored in a personal way in "Beloved Criminal: A Diplomat In The Service Of The Final Solution". Wagner was the link-man between the foreign office and the SS In this role, he aided in the extermination of Jews. This first major work on him by Gisela Heidenreich is also a personal one for the author: her own mother Edith met and fell in love with him during the war. During his years in exile Wagner remained in contact with Edith by post, letters which her daughter uses in her work chronicling the escape routes and mini-Reich that the fugitives built in Argentina.
(dailymail.co.uk)

A new book shows previously unpublished photos of French women frolicking with Nazis (new source w photos)
Erotic Years, as the coffee-table volume is provocatively entitled, shocks France - a country still struggling to come to terms with its Nazi collaboration. The photographs, many of which were taken by German soldiers and acquired in car-boot sales and flea markets in Germany, show French women making eyes at the enemy as enthusiastically as they welcomed the allies who liberated them. Such images - collected by historian Patrick Buisson - are at odds with the collective French memory of hunger, fear and resistance. Up to 200,000 children were born to Franco-German couples during the Second World War.
(dailymail.co.uk)

Research connects WWII babies from South Pacific to their GI fathers - US laws prevented marrying anyone from Asia
New research from Otago University is shedding light on the 2000 illegitimate children fathered by American soldiers in the South Pacific during the Second World War. Many of the children grew up not knowing their fathers because the American GIs were not allowed to marry or take their children home. "The Americans in those days classified Pacific Island people as Asiatics and there were so many laws in the US and each of the states forbidding marriage between Asian people and Americans," explains Judy Bennett.
(tvnz.co.nz)

15-year-old daughter of a WWII brigadier became the mistress of a Nazi SS officer in Paris and betrayed the French Resistance
Antonia Lyon-Smith`s feats in her teenage years are both highlighted and mysteriously vague in the MI5 notes in the British National Archive. She became engaged to four men and married none of them, moved among some of the war`s leading Resistance figures and was saved from the Gestapo`s clutches when one of her interrogators fell in love with her. The daughter of Major Tristram Lyon-Smith she was on holiday in Brittany shortly before the country was invaded by the Nazis. Trapped in the country by the speed of the German advance, Miss Lyon-Smith enrolled herself at a convent school. However, in 1940, she was sent to an internment camp in Besancon, only for her to persuade the authorities to release her due to her age.
(telegraph.co.uk)

Project Borghild: Nazis made sex dolls so soldiers wouldn`t catch syphilis from French prostitutes
The Nazis developed synthetic sex dolls made from silicone to prevent the troops being ravaged by disease after sleeping with French girls. Smaller than life-size, the so-called "gynoids" were to be targeted at the men most at temptation from French prostitutes. Author Graeme Donald uncovered the "Borghild Project" while researching the history of the Barbie doll - which was based on a post-war German sex doll toy. The WWII project began in 1940 after SS chief Henrich Himmler wrote: "The greatest danger in Paris is the widespread and uncontrolled presence of whores, picking up clients in bars... It is our duty to prevent soldiers from risking their health just for the sake of a quick adventure."
(dailymail.co.uk)

Nazi Occupation: I’ve never had so much fun in my life. Those nights were fantastic
An unusual WW2 book focuses on French women who slept with the enemy during the Nazi occupation. Patrick Buisson depicts the Nazi-era as the "golden age" of the French brothel. The book, 1940-1945, Erotic Years attacks the myth that life under the Nazi boot was all resistance and suffering. Handsome Nazi officers with good manners won admirers in a country whose natives were rude with prostitutes. Fabienne Jamet recalls: "I`ve never had so much fun in my life. Those nights of the occupation were fantastic." There were about 100,000 French women seeking favours from the Nazis just in Paris - crushed when the Germans left.
(timesonline.co.uk)

After 60 years Red Army soldier tracks down, marry his WW2 German sweetheart
After 60 years apart a Red Army soldier tracked down his wartime German sweetheart. In the months after the end of World War II in 1945, Ivan Byvshykh was a Red Army commandant of a small town in Turingia, and Liza Waldhelm was the daughter of wealthy parents. They fell in love at first sight, in spite of disapproval from both sides. Unavoidably, Ivan was ordered to return to Siberia. They wrote for years, until the KGB ordered Ivan to stop. Both got married to different partners, but they were never really happy. After years of seeking, Ivan tracked Liza down in 2005, and in 2008 Liza moved from Luxemburg to Krasnoyarsk.
(russiatoday.com)

Warsaw uprising leader Marek Edelman writes about love in ghettos   (Article no longer available from the original source)
The last leader of the 1943 Warsaw Jewish ghetto uprising against the Nazis, Marek Edelman, has turned his focus from the battles to a little-known side of life in the zone of terror: love. "No one has ever talked about love in the ghetto. It was love, precisely, which enabled people to survive in that hell," Edelman explained the launch of his book "I byla milosc w getcie" (And There Was Love in the Ghetto). In 150 pages, Edelman explores ghetto memories which differ from the mass deportations, massacres, starvation and doomed revolt. He has published several books about the 1943 uprising, stretching back to The Ghetto Fights (1946).
(suntimes.com)

World War II SOE agents failed the honey trap test at their training centre
Trainee secret agents were tested for their resilience to the `honey trap` at a Surrey manor house, reveals an analysis of the role Britain`s country properties played during the war. But few managed to keep their secrets to themselves. Tests of Special Operations Executive (SOE) spies only proved how unreliable most of them were. Historian Marcus Binney wrote: "Elizabethan Wanborough Manor ... was one of the houses where trainee agents were plied with drink to see if they would talk when light-headed. The glamorous girls employed to extract details... were so successful that the tests were abandoned as ever more brave, painstakingly trained young men succumbed."
(telegraph.co.uk)

The Valkyrie lovers: How a bond between two relatives of the plotters saved them
Fey von Hassell was one of WWII`s untouchables. Pampered by wealth on her aristocratic husband`s Venetian estate, horrors of the war were a world away. But, on Sept. 8, 1944, that changed as Fey answered a knock on the door. Two Gestapo men who told her that her father, a former German diplomat, had been killed for treason in the aftermath of the Von Stauffenberg assassination attempt on Hitler. For the `crime` of being a relative of a conspirator, she was arrested and her kids were taken to an orphanage. she owes her survival and sanity to a fellow prisoner - Alex von Stauffenberg, brother of the July plot`s leader, Claus.
(dailymail.co.uk)

A Scottish girl and a member of the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend
They faced the wrath of their families, just by falling in love. At first SS Stormtrooper Rudi Franzel and Betty Young kept their friendship a secret. But the relationship between the PoW and the local farm girl bloomed and recently they had their diamond wedding anniversary. Rudi, born in the Nazi occupied Sudetenland, served in the 12th Panzer Division Hitlerjugend (Hitler Youth) of the Waffen SS and was captured on April 23, 1945. "I can still picture Betty that first time I saw her, struggling with the baskets of potatoes. I went to help her and we hit it off. I realised this was the girl for me."
(scotsman.com)

Book review: Stranger In The House by Julie Summers - The return of WWII troops
Maureen Cleaver was 7yo in 1939 when her father John was mobilized - and she didn`t see him again for 6 years. But she remembers the night he came home: there was a knock at the door and Maureen to answer it. "There stood Dad, but he didn`t recognise the 13yo girl standing there as his daughter. In his mind, I was still a little girl," Maureen recalls. "Oh, I`m sorry, I`ve come to the wrong house," he said, and turned round to leave. --- Maureen`s experience is only one of the tragic stories of the women left behind to keep the family going during WWII. Boys who came back were not the boys who marched away. They were men, with different ideas.
(dailymail.co.uk)

Nazi occupation of France advanced the sexual liberation of women
A book which suggests that the Nazi occupation promoted the sexual liberation of French women has outraged a country failing to come to terms with its collaboration with the Nazis. "The reality is that people adapted to occupation," said Patrick Buisson, author of 1940-1945 Années Erotiques (erotic years). With their husbands in prison camps, many women slept not only with German soldiers (the young "blond barbarians" were irresistible to French women) but also had affairs with anyone else who could help them through hard times: "In times of rationing, the body is the only renewable, inexhaustible currency."
(timesonline)

English woman and German WWII PoW celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary
An English woman and a German PoW who risked the anger of their friends by falling in love at the end of the WWII are marking their diamond wedding anniversary. Margaret Stratton faced huge controversy when she started going out with captured German soldier Peter Roth, a PoW who was 6 years her junior. The couple met in January 1945 as World War II was still going on, defying public opinion and official resistance to marry. "There is no doubt that the Nazis and the SS committed many atrocities. But I didn`t fight for Hitler, I fought for Germany, my homeland, which had been so badly treated after WW1."
(dailymail)

Former WWII pinup girl Aline Osborn honored for morale work
A former U.S. Navy pinup girl whose curvy picture decorated the sides of American bombers during the Second World War has been honored for her role boosting soldiers` morale. At the height of the war, Aline Osborn`s seductive photos were on the walls of thousands of GIs` bunks and her image was painted on the sides of WWII bombers by love-struck soldiers. Osborn said she sometimes got 120 letters a day from soldiers who had her sexy pinups and wrote to her asking for a date. "All through the war I entertained the servicemen and when I couldn`t do it, I got my friends to do it for me."
(southbendtribune)

Russian couple reunited after 60 years apart because of Stalin`s purges
When Anna Kozlov caught sight of the elderly man struggling out of a car in Borovlyanka, she stopped dead in her tracks. There, in front of her, was Boris, the man she had fallen in love with and married 60 years earlier. The last time she had seen him was 3 days after their wedding, when she kissed him goodbye and sent him off to rejoin his Red Army unit. By the time he travelled back, Anna was gone, consigned by Stalin’s purges to exile in Siberia with her family as an enemy of the people. Without leaving forwarding address. Now they were reunited, an extraordinary coincidence resulting them both to travel back to their home village on the very same day.
(telegraph.co.uk)

Jack and Ina Polak found love in Bergen-Belsen and Westerbork
Jack and Ina Polak found love in a concentration camp, even though Jack was married to another woman. They have been married for 61 years now, and their tale is being told in film "Steal a Pencil for Me". Jack Polak’s wife knew about his girlfriend, and his girlfriend knew about his wife - the two slept on beds close enough to see each other. The problem was that the 3 were in Barracks 64 at transit camp Westerbork. Mr. Polak recalled being in love with Ina Soep: the person who would become his girlfriend. In the 15 months the two spent in Westerbork and Bergen-Belsen, they not only shared many moments together but they also wrote love letters to each other.
(nytimes.com)

Adolf Hitler`s correspondence revealed: Love letters to Nazi dictator
Adolf Hitler received more fan letters than Mick Jagger, Madonna and the Beatles combined. Many were from women wanting to marry him, others from men wanting to be like him. What Adolf Hitler thought of this mass hysteria died with him in Berlin in 1945. But thousands of the letters survived and have been compiled into a book "Letters to Hitler: A People Writes to its Fuehrer." The letters were found by the Russian at Reich chancellery, at the Berghof and in in Munich. One woman wrote: "I would like to make you my little puppy my dear, my eternal, my lovely Adolf." Karl Leiff wrote: "If only all Germans could be as pure of heart and as noble of purpose as you."
(dailymail.co.uk)

Wedding as a WWII tribute - with uniforms, helmets and replica guns
Jo and Tony Cox turned their wedding service into a World War II tribute. Friends came dressed in military uniforms complete with helmets and replica guns while Tony sported a smart American airforce officer`s uniform. Jo, who wore a 1940`s style white wedding gown that she fashioned herself, turned up to the registry in a US Army staff car to the sound of Lancaster Bombers. Her husband-to-be had already arrived in a weapons carrier. The sounds of Luftwaffe bombs and the Blitz played out before an all-clear siren signalled the start of the ceremony. Camouflage-style netting and gas masks hung from the ceiling.
(dailymail)

Paris exhibit looks at relationships and sex in wartime   (Article no longer available from the original source)
Everybody knows the photo of the sailor sweeping a nurse into his arms in Times Square - maybe the most emblematic image of love and war. But what about the private mementoes, tucked into pockets and treasured in the trenches and battlefields? Soldiers, both German and French, sculpted engagement rings out of melted shrapnel. Some French WW1 soldiers inscribed declarations of love onto autumn leaves. Exhibit "Love, War and Sexuality" at Les Invalides in Paris examines the impact of the two world wars on relationships and sexuality. In one gallery, there are soldiers` sexy pinups, and a life-size painting of a topless blond that decorated a Nazi bunker.
(summitdaily.com)

First british `traitor` bride and her German PoW mark diamond wedding
Some young lovers have to overcome parental disapproval. June Tull and Heinz Fellbrich had a different hurdle: World War II. 60 years on, the first British girl to marry a German POW admits it has left its battle scars. Fellbrich recalled the first moment she spotted the man who would become her husband over the fence of a PoW camp. "I thought he was absolutely gorgeous... The PoWs were allowed out until dusk after work each day and he agreed to meet me. And that was it." The couple married on August 14, 1947. The Govt had just made it legal for German PoWs to marry British women and the wedding, the first of its kind, made headlines around the world.
(dailymail.co.uk)

Female Nazi guard`s untold love story - Ravensbrück dog handler
Elfriede Rinkel was a loving Jewish wife. She was also a concentration camp dog handler when women and their children were savaged to death by alsatians for sport. Now a widow living peacefully, how has she evaded justice for 60 years? --- Rinkel had worked as a camp guard and dog handler at Ravensbrück for the last 9 months of the war, when the worst atrocities were committed. Ravensbrück was guarded by women - and these women often committed the worst atrocities. 3,500 German women, mostly under 30, passed through Ravensbrück as guards. Elfriede Rinkel was just 22 when she took up her post as "Hundeführerin", dog handler, on June 15, 1944.
(timesonline)

Russian intelligence officer, german girl to marry after 60 years apart
Soon after Russian intelligence officer Ivan Byvshikh fell in love with the daughter of a German man that he was sent to interrogate at the end of world war 2, the relationship was brought to an abrupt end. The Soviet authorities sent him home and although they exchanged letters for 10 years, party officials told him he would be sent to the gulag if he continued the correspondence. Byvshikh was allowed to send one last letter to Elisabeth Valdhelm explaining he was getting married, something he regretted as a "betrayal." Now after 60 years of separation, the couple announced they would get married. Their story began in July 1945...
(guardian)

Stalin and his lover aged 13 - Brutal dictator`s affair with an under-age
The story of the dictator`s affair with an under-age schoolgirl called Lidia... It was claimed that before he became leader, Stalin had violated or seduced, even fathered a child with, a girl who was 13yo - and had been indicted for the under-age seduction by the police. The tale had long been dismissed as just another piece of anti-Stalin propaganda. After Stalin`s death, Nikita Khrushchev decided he had to investigate the rumour about the monster`s depravity, so he commissioned KGB boss General Ivan Serov to investigate. Resulting document, dated 1956, spelt out the results of General Serov`s investigation: the entire story was true.
(dailymail.co.uk)

The Lost Life of Eva Braun - Biography of Frau Hitler
When Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his Berlin bunker on April 29, 1945, he wasn’t alone. Joining the Fuhrer in death was Eva Braun, his mistress of 13 years, whom he married just 36 hours before. Who was Eva Braun, a woman whose name remains recognizable 62 years after her death? Angela Lambert has penned a biography, only the second about Eva Braun to be written in English. Eva Braun made herself indispensable to Adolf Hitler, making him laugh and relax. "I’ve always said that I shan’t go on living if anything happens to you. You know that my whole life is loving you," she wrote him in 1944, after an assassination attempt left Hitler wounded.
(independent.co.uk)

A woman hopelessly devoted to Adolf Hitler - Winifred Wagner
To British-born Winifred Wagner the fuehrer was the "nice uncle" who couldn`t possibly do those things. Grotesque as it may sound now, in the Third Reich thousands of women lusted after Adolf Hitler with a fever equal to that of today`s groupies for stars. Nor was this limited to German women. The beautiful young English noblewoman Unity Mitford, besotted with Hitler and National Socialism, put a bullet through her brain out of despair. One of Unity`s sisters, Diana, wife of the English fascist leader Oswald Mosley, also was attracted to Hitler. But the most interesting case is that of Winifred Wagner, the daughter-in-law of composer Richard Wagner.
(sptimes)

Children of the Enemy - German mothers and Allied soldier fathers
In the decade after World War 2, more than 100,000 babies were born to unwed German mothers and Allied soldier fathers. Most of the men left without ever meeting their children. Now, many "occupation babies" are scrambling to find their fathers before it`s too late. According to the Federal Statistics Office, at least 66,700 children were born to Allied soldiers and West German women in the decade after WWII. In the former East Germany, at least that number are thought to have been fathered by Red Army soldiers. The true figures are probably much greater. Faced with illegitimacy and "fraternizing with the enemy," many hid their children`s paternity.
(spiegel)

Thanks for the Memories: Love, Sex, and World War II
Thanks for the Memories goes beyond what you might have learned from textbooks. Jane Mersky Leder has collected some stories you might not know about -- like prostitution in Army camps, venereal disease, and the man hours it cost the war effort, wretched living conditions, hasty marriages or the stories of lesbians and gays who enlisted and fought for America. Leder goes on to discuss female roles during WW2 and how this change laid the foundation for Women`s Liberation in the 1960s.
(blogcritics)

The Young Hitler I Knew by August Kubizek - Reveals Hitler`s Girl?
Much of Adolf Hitler’s early life — his years in the Austrian cities of Linz and Vienna — remains shrouded in obscurity. For decades, biographers have relied on the memoirs of Hitler’s best — only — friend during 1904-1908, August Kubizek. Now his book "The Young Hitler I Knew" has been published in English in full. And while there have been earlier versions — notably the heavily edited version used by the Nazi party as an official biography — his uncensored account throws a fascinating light on the mind of the future Fuhrer. For it contains, for the first time, the full story of Hitler’s obsession with a pretty girl called Stefanie Isak.
(dailymail)

The Forgotten WWII Children of German-Occupied France
Some 200,000 children of French mothers and occupying German soldiers are still a taboo topic. Josiane Kruger has broken the silence with her new book. While growing up Josiane Kruger always felt a bit different. Finally she was told the truth: her father had been a German soldier. He was transferred from France to the Russian front and had not been heard from since. After the war ended, anger grew in France over the occupation. Collaborators became targets of revenge, including those French women who had had relationships with Germans. They were bullied, their hair was shorn, they were driven naked through villages and forced to turn their children over to orphanages.
(dw-world)

Ukrainian man find out his father was Wehrmacht soldier   (Article no longer available from the original source)
In spite of what the records said, Ivan Leonenko was not yet 60 years old! He was, in fact, two years younger. He knew this because as his mother neared death, she confessed to him that his father was a young, blond German Wehrmacht soldier. That she, a very young girl, had fallen in love with him during the German occupation of Kyiv. She had even told him the soldier`s name: Paul Schuster. As Ivan strolled along the Oleny Teligy Street, he noticed elderly man speaking Russian with a very pronounced German accent, he addressed questions to passers-by, and he soon discovered he was a few hundred meters from the Babiy Yar Memorial. It was the same Paul Schuster.
(ukraine-observer)

Young Jewish woman who fell in love with a Nazi Officer
As a young Jewish woman on the run from the Gestapo Mrs Hahn Beer survived by assuming an Aryan identity. She also fell in love with a Nazi official. In 1942 she was convinced that she had signed her own death warrant when she confessed all to Werner Vetter. Instead of turning her in, Vetter was determined to marry her. "He loved me. I trusted him," recalled Mrs Hahn Beer. The extraordinary tale of their courtship and marriage is the subject of a film to be coproduced by David Parfett. The film’s working title is The Nazi Officer’s Wife.
(timesonline)

Germany`s war children scramble to find their American GI fathers
They were offspring of the occupation era, born to German women who had flings with American GIs -- sometimes for love, sometimes for a moment`s passion, and sometimes, in the hardest days immediately after WWII, for a few packs of cigarettes or a pair of nylon stockings. Johnny went marching home, often leaving no forwarding address or even a full name. Perhaps unaware of the pregnancy. His lover was left to face disapproving parents and neighbors. Or a German soldier-husband returning from the front.
(boston)

Green Nazi silk robe with a gold eagle and a swastika   (Article no longer available from the original source)
Someone donated a strange silk robe to the American Military Museum. The robe is green with nazi signs: a gold eagle and a swastika on the right breast. It is undoubtedly cut for a woman. Mystery was solved as a German tourist who was making his way through the Military Museum recognized it - it was, he said, a robe from a Nazi state-sponsored brothel. By 1939 the Nazi had opened several brothels for the troops` morale. Given the naval eagle on this robe, it would seem every branch of the military had its own home port.
(charleston)

The hell of loving Hitler - Eva Braun
She was Hitler’s lover for 14 years. But few know the truth about Eva Braun. Now, private diaries reveal a woman in her sexual prime tortured by her passion for the Führer. Erich Kempka, Hitler’s personal chauffeur, called Eva Braun "the unhappiest woman in Europe". Albert Speer said: "Eva Braun will be a great disappointment to historians." Chroniclers of the Third Reich have followed like sheep. There has been little research into her life and until now she has been dismissed as a lightweight who was not worth investigating. As a result, Eva Braun has never been given credit for the skill with which she managed her role at the heart of Hitler’s private life.
(timesonline)

Female racing ace hoarded pictures of Hitler
The celebrated female racing driver Fay Taylour hoarded a cache of pictures of Adolf Hitler during a 3-year prison spell in the WW2, British Security Service files have revealed. In a letter to a friend, the Irish-born driver said: "I love Nazi Germany and the German people and their leader and this war seems terribly unfair." A memo from the detention camp authorities, revealed the extent of her devotion to the Nazi cause. It said: "She is in the habit of hoarding pictures of Hitler and had in her possession a hymn in which his name was substituted for God`s."
(independent.co.uk)

Beast of Belsen and his lover in Nuremberg exhibit
The faces of two lovers who did terrible things to others in a terrible place were shown to a mass online audience for the first time. The couple, Josef Kramer, nicknamed the Beast of Belsen, and Irma Grese, 25, in charge of death cells at the Nazi concentration camp, were seen in photographs digitised by the Imperial War Museum. They were hanged after being convicted of mass atrocities at the Nuremberg trials. Kramer was camp commandant. Grese was so steeped in blood that a legend persists of her ghost haunting a building on the site of Belsen in the former east Germany.
(Guardian)

Post-war years exhibition: German women and American soldiers
The exhibition at Berlin`s Allied Museum offers a fascinating insight into life in the German capital when it lay in ruins, and Allied soldiers were banned from fraternizing with local women. An order of this kind never gets obeyed for long. Berlin was teeming at the time with lonely war widows and pretty young women, some of whom were in desperate need of food and shelter after their homes had been bombed and their loved ones killed.
(taipeitimes)

How West End "good-time girls" put Allied war effort at risk
Secret documents published November at the National Archives in Kew, west London, show that senior British officials and American officers became concerned in 1942 that the streets of London had become a hunting ground for women seeking to seduce, swindle or simply enjoy an influx of US troops. ... "They congregate around Piccadilly Circus and Coventry Street, many of them the worse for drink and quarrelsome, until the early hours of the morning. They are easy prey for the innumerable prostitutes that frequent the neighbourhood."
(independent.co.uk)

Norway finally forgives women who slept with Nazi soldiers
Norwegian women who slept with German soldiers during the WW2 and have been denied a special pension ever since as punishment are finally to be forgiven. Known as "tysketöser", German whores, they have until now been excluded from the war pension paid to all who remained true to "good national principles" during the occupation. Now Norway`s government has quietly reversed its policy of discrimination against the women and will start paying the money to the few dozen still left. "These women are no longer to be punished for the love stories of their youth that took place 60 years ago."
(telegraph.co.uk)

Love Letters to Hitler
Of all the books about the Third Reich that have flooded Germany as it marks the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, few are as bizarre and provacative as one called Love Letter to Adolf Hitler. "Sweetest love, favorite of my heart, my one and only, my dearest, my truest and hottest beloved," one of the letters begins. "I could kiss you a thousand times and still not be satisfied. My love for you is endless, so tender, so hot and so complete." All the letters are genuine. They were discovered strewn about the destroyed Chancellery from which Hitler had directed his campaign of war.
(New York Times)

Rumors: Hitler had a son with his niece Geli Raubal?
According to a Czech journalist W Faltinek, the son of Adolf Hitler, born on February 23, 1929, in Berlin, of Geli Raubal as mother, is living Indianapolis, and is willing to undergo DNA analysis to prove his origin. His name is still being kept secret. -- Hitler`s infatuation with his niece Geli Raubal may in theory have led to a child in 1929 (she committed suicide in his apartment early in September 1931); but people like Goebbels, who was for a time interested in Geli himself, would surely have commented on her pregnancy in his diary, and her brother Leo, whom was interviewed in the early 1970s, would have told about it also.
(fpp)


See also:
War Brides
Women in World War II
Women, War and Horror
Comfort Women
WW2 Female Pilots.