SOURCE: Author Renata Reinhart

Author Renata Reinhart

May 30, 2012 11:20 ET

'In the Course of My Life' Details Little-Known 1945 Slaughter of German Women, Children

TAMPA, FL--(Marketwire - May 30, 2012) - In her new book, "In the Course of My Life," (, author Renata Reinhart recounts the little-known Soviet genocide of 2 million Eastern Germans in 1945, committed with the tacit approval of England and the United States.

In the case of the 1945 ethnic cleansing of Eastern Germany, Russian soldiers were given license to launch a "Revenge without Mercy" on the civilian populations of East Prussia, Silesia, Pomerania and other parts of Eastern Europe, Reinhart says.

"It's documented; it's just been ignored, concealed and forgotten," she says, noting Nobel Prize-winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, a captain in the Red Army who witnessed the atrocities and recounted them in his poem, "Prussian Nights." A survivor of the slaughter, Margot Serowy, tells her story in paintings at

In Reinhart's "memoir," only the central characters -- including the young East German narrator -- are fictionalized. The slaughter and the historical elements, including English and U.S. policies and actions that facilitated it, are well-documented, Reinhart says.

"It's in the records," she says. "It's not well known because the Allies were happy to keep it buried."

Anticipating Germany's defeat in World War II, Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin considered the territories he would eventually claim and decided they should be cleared of all Germans, Reinhart says. Soldiers in the Red Army were urged to burn, loot, pillage, rape and kill to drive the Germans out of those areas beginning in January 1945.

"England's prime minister, Winston Churchill, was informed of the plan and referred to it -- approvingly -- in 1944 as 'these population transferences,'" Reinhart says. "Churchill personally ordered the massive bombing of East Prussia's capital Konigsberg for no justifiable strategic reason and leveled Dresden, killing 30,000 to 40,000 civilians. These attacks helped pave the way for Stalin's genocide."

The "revenge" soldiers, she added, were supplied with food, trucks, Jeeps and other vehicles by the United States.

"Because the victims were German, it was all right to rape children and murder women," Rein hart says. "No one tried to stop it."

About Renata Reinhart

Renata Reinhart is the pen name of the author, a scholar of World War II history who spent years researching the Red Army's march across Eastern Europe in 1945. While the book is fictionalized as a memoir, the historical elements are accurate and based on numerous documented sources.

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