These men before you today, the Defendants, are retired Russian soldiers, who are accused of committing “war crimes”, upon victims of World War II; inexcusable acts…. that require the harshest of punishments. There is not evidence available imaginable, including the testimony of the Defendant’s, that could be compelling enough to render a verdict other than “guilty”. The Prosecution will present evidence, including testimony from a female victim, formerly a citizen of Berlin, who we will call, “Anonymous”.
The victim will sit before you today and be forced to relive those long, tragic, days and nights during the war, in which they she was fortunate enough to have survived. As she recounts her story, I ask that you listen to each word very carefully, and imagine that you are there with her. I ask that you consider the witness’ testimony in culmination with other evidence I will present, in order to prove to you, beyond a shadow of a doubt that the defendants are guilty as charged.
The Defendants, who stand before you today should be made to suffer the harshest consequences bestowed upon them. The Defendants committed atrocities in Germany during and after World War II, are here finally on trial, and I come before you, on behalf of those wronged, to plead for retribution. Although many of the activities that the Russian soldiers participated in was not a specific order from Moscow, the acts will still be considered “war crimes”, based on Current International Law; thereby, making the defendant’s “war criminals” and will face punishment accordingly.
Current International Law dictates that, “Any person, whether a civilian or a member of a states armed forces, who commits an act that violates a rule of the international law governing armed conflicts is responsible for his act and is liable to punishment as a war criminal. ” (VonGlahn, Gerhard, 1986) That what these men have done to their neighbor, should be done unto them; however, I will illustrate that our court system has more compassion generally, than any of these men so have collectively.
Participation in atrocities such as raping the women in Germany, burning German cities, and participating in bombing primarily civilian towns were done recklessly, knowingly and willingly, which renders these Defendants culpable in the highest regard. I pray upon the Court that each man, a former Russian soldier who participated in these unforgivable acts will be subjected to no less than the punishment of death. Activities they participated in during wartime would shock the human conscience during peacetime.
One only needs to imagine for one moment the torment and agony a soul was forced to withstand during that time to agree with my proposed punishment. “Anonymous, were you ever raped during the Russian occupation of Berlin? ” I ask. “Yes. ” She replies, and continues, “I was raped almost daily for a time, by soldiers. Some of the soldiers were familiar to me. After awhile, I didn’t think of it as rape. ” “Can you please elaborate? ” “In the beginning, I figured out that I needed certain things, necessities, and thought of providing sexual favors as a means to an end.
” “Can you explain to the Judge what you mean by that statement? ” “Most of the time, I traded my body for things I needed at the time. I traded my body for food and spent a lot of my time with one soldier in order to gain protection from guards who were not familiar to me. ” She looked down. “It was a necessity those days, you know. I knew that my body was the only thing that I had to give, in order to get the things I needed for my survival. I knew that I could get food and obtaining food gave me a certain feeling of freedom.
” “There were times,” she continued, “that I knew about group rapes and violent rapes. I won’t deny it. But, I try to think of that time differently than it might have been. I think of it as a time for survival. ” (Eighbborn, 2002). “Where did you live during this time that these guards came to you and committed the charged war crimes we are discussing today? ” “I lived in a garrett. It was not my home, but it had my things…for awhile at least. ” Anonymous testified.
(Eighbborn, 2002). “In Berlin. ” I asked, “Did you keep a record of your experience, while you and others were being liberated by the Russians? ” Anonymous continued, “Yes. I wrote most of my thoughts and ideas on scraps of paper. It was a kind of therapy for me to get ‘all this confusion out of my head and heart. ” (Kanon, 2005). “In fact, in some ways, I felt sorry for the soldiers. I don’t think that they had a lot of choice in their behaviors.
After all, our men were gone from Germany, and the Russians had to leave their wives, girlfriends, and daughters. It was difficult for me and the other women, losing our men, so I can only imagine…. ” (Eighbborn, 2002). “I understand that there may have been as many as 100,000 women who were raped by Russian soldiers. Did you have a boyfriend who fought on behalf of the German army? ” “My fiancee. Yes, he did come back, but I had changed. I had changed as a result of my relations with the Russian soldiers. “ (Eighbborn, 2002).