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September 23, 2013 by rafikorn
In defense of Ilya Ehrenburg
I went through many websites, English, Russianilya-ehrenburg_1-t and German. I have read many articles and leaflets of comrade Ehrenburg. It is true that in his violent piece “Kill!” he called the Soviet soldiers to kill Germans, but he did it in the summer 1942 when Wehrmacht stood deep in the Soviet territory. Then and later, he did all he could to make the Soviet soldiers hate and kill. But it seems he never instigated them to kill children or women. There are many quotes in which he actually says, that children are to be protected: “We’re not going to exterminate all Germans: we are not cannibals. We will only eliminate the criminals who killed our children, hanged, rampaged and burned. The rest will be able to atone for their complicity in serious crimes with hard, honest work. Children have the right to enter into a new world: they are not responsible for the sins of their parents” (20 November 1944, “Liberator”)
The oft quoted: ”Use force and break the racial pride of these German women. Take them as your lawful booty“ does not seem to come from an original Russian source at all!!!
1. In 1961 the Bavarian State Library issued a proclamation where it declared that the text of the leaflet (with the discussed quote) has never been published in “Pravda” newspaper.
2. In 1996 the München Institute of Modern History issued expert conclusion that:
“Even though Ehrenburg was heavily involved in propaganda warfare, we have to inform that there has not been found any proof that Ehrenburg has been author of the leaflet with a call to taking German women as legal spoils of war.
We also know nothing of existence of such leaflet in Russian.”
The last 2 facts should be described in the two following articles:
1.„Die Vereinfachungen des Genossen Ehrenburg“ by Carola Tischler.
2.„Ubej!“ by Bernhard Fisch.
Ehrenburg himself immediately responded to uproar in Germany over his call for rape in this article in the Army newspaper “Red Star” from 25 November 1944:
A blond witch
The commander of the German Army Group “Nord” addressed his Fritzes with the following order: “Ilya Ehrenburg calls the Asians “drink the blood of German women.” Ilya Ehrenburg demands that Asians enjoy our women, “Take the blond women – it’s your booty.” Ilya Ehrenburg wakes the basest instincts of the steppe. Anyone who will retreat now is a scoundrel, for German soldiers are protecting their own wives now.”
Sometime ago the Germans forged documents of state importance. Now they sunk to the point that they are faking my articles. The quotes that the German general attributes to me expose the author: only a German would be able to compose such a dirty thing.
Fritzes are professional rapists, fornicators with solid experience, hereditary baboons. They have polluted the whole of Europe. In vain the General is insisting that we go to Germany after German females. We are not attracted to Gretchens, only to those Fritzes who abused our women, and we say bluntly that for these Germans there will be no mercy. As for the German women, they evoke in us only one feeling: disgust. We despise the German women for what they are – mothers, wives and sisters of the executioners. We despise the German women for what they wrote to their sons, husbands and brothers, “Send your honey a pretty fur coat.” We despise the German women for what they are: thieves and prostitutes.
We do not need blond hyenas. We’re going to Germany for something else: for Germany itself. And this blond witch is not going to escape from us. (Red Star, 25 November 1944)
After the horrible war crimes and mass rapes in East Prussia became known, Ehrenburg made a trip there. Back in Moscow, he appeared at the Frunze Military Academy and blamed officers for poor political and moral preparation of soldiers and for the lack of stringent measures against rapists and looters. For this, he reportedly had problems with the Party.
Rostock, East Germany
And there is also this as well.
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September 22, 2013 by rafikorn
“Kill” – full text by Ilya Ehrenburg (1942)
This leaflet for Soviet soldiers was written in July 1942, at the time of German summer offensive deep into the Ukraine and Russia. The communists were scared to death, no less than in 1941 when the Wehrmacht stood at the outskirts of Moscow. Comrade Ehrenburg did not know at the time, if or when the Red army would reach Germany. He was trying to save the skins of his criminal friends in the Kremlin. However, later, when the Soviets were entering Germany, he repeated the words, which had genocidal consequences.
Here are excerpts from three letters found on dead Germans.
Manager Reinhardt writes to Lieutenant Otto von Schirach:
“The French have been taken away to a factory. I have selected six Russians from the Minsk district. They are much tougher than the French. Only one of them died, the others continue to work in the fields and on the farm. Their upkeep does not cost anything, and we do not have to be sorry that these animals, whose children may be killing our soldiers, are eating German bread. Yesterday I had to flog two Russian beasts that secretly devoured skim milk that was destined for sows … “
Mathias Ziemlich writes to his brother, Corporal Heinrich Ziemlich:
“In Leiden there is a camp for Russian, where we can watch them. They are not afraid of weapons, so we talk to them a good lash … “
One Otto Essmann writes to Lieutenant Helmut Weygand:
“We’ve got Russian POWs. These types eat earthworms on the airfield, they rummage in garbage cans. I’ve seen them eat weeds. To think that these are human beings!! .. “
Slave owners, they want to turn our people into slaves. They kidnap to the Russians, brutalize them, bring them to madness with hunger, so that, dying, people are eating grass and worms; and a filthy German with a rotten cigar in his mouth philosophizes: “Is this humans? ..”
We know everything. We remember everything. We understand: the Germans are not human beings. From now on, the word “German” is for us the worst curse. From now on, the word “German” discharges the gun. We shall not discuss. We shall not get excited. We shall kill. If you have not killed at least one German in the day, your day is wasted. If you think that your neighbor will kill a German for you, you do not understand the threat. If you do not kill a German, the German will kill you. He will take your loved ones away and will torment them in their accursed Germany. If you can not kill a German with a bullet, kill him with bayonet. If there is calm in your sector, if you are waiting for a battle, kill the German before the battle. If you leave the German alive, he will hang a Russian man and violate a Russian woman. If you have killed one German, kill another – nothing is more joyful for us than German corpses. Do not count days. Do not count miles. Count one thing only: the Germans killed by you. Kill the Germans! – begs your old mother. Kill the Germans! – begs you child. Kill the Germans! – screams your native soil. Do not miss. Do not miss the aim. Kill!
(Red Star, 24 July 1942)
the original leaflet
If the translation is accurate and the photoraph below is in fact the original Russian article, then it seems to me somone was competing with Ehrenburg in the realm of propaganda when they expounded upon his documented hatred and put a few extra words into his mouth that were not there after all.