Buried within The New Yorker’s review of Anne Applebaum’s new book on life behind the Iron Curtain, there’s this gem:
Except in Bulgaria, which has cultural ties to Russia, Soviet soldiers not only looted but raped, almost systematically, in the countries they passed through. In eastern Germany alone, up to two million women are believed to have been raped by Soviet soldiers.
Wait, wait, wait. Two million women raped in one country alone?!? That is a mind-blowing number. Just think about it: that would mean that each Soviet solder raped multitudes of women. How did this systematic (there doesn’t seem to be anything “almost” systematic about it) rape happen? Why do we not talk about rape when we learn about wars? Why does this New Yorker author just drop this massive number and not elaborate?