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Author: Robert R. Dykstra

Title: Evident Bias in Thomas J. Kehoe and E. James Kehoe, “Crimes Committed by U.S. Soldiers in Europe, 1945–1946”

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Journal: The Journal of Interdisciplinary History

Volume: 47

Issue: 3

Year: Winter 2017 (Published online: November 3, 2016)

Pages: 381-384

ISSN: 0022-1953 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1530-9169 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | American History: U.S. History; European History: German History | Types: Wartime Sexual Violence / U.S. War Crimes during the Second World War



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Author: Robert R. Dykstra, Department of History, State University of New York at Albany

Abstract: »The horrifying record of rape by Soviet troops in postwar Germany has long been a matter of record. What is new is the argument that the behavior of American GIs in the European Theater of Operations was little better than that of the Russians. Inspired by a new study alleging that some 190,000 German girls and women were raped by U.S. servicemen, the Kehoes maintain that official military statistics from 1945–46 confirm such high levels of sexual predation. It can now be said with confidence, they assert, that “U.S. soldiers raped and assaulted civilians with frightening abandon.” Yet this generalization and others like it are not supported by the authors’ own data, which instead repeatedly display low rape figures. The Kehoes’ reliance on theorizing to overcome this deficiency is clearly unconvincing.« (Source: The Journal of Interdisciplinary History)


Kehoe, Thomas J., et al. »Crimes Committed by U.S. Soldiers in Europe, 1945-1946.« Journal of Interdisciplinary History 47 (2016): 53-84. – Bibliographic Entry: Info

Kehoe, Thomas J., et al. »A Reply to Dykstra’s “Evident Bias in ‘Crimes Committed by U.S. Soldiers in Europe, 1945–1946’”.« Journal of Interdisciplinary History 47 (2017): 385-396. – Bibliographic Entry: Info

Wikipedia: History of Europe: History of Germany / Allied-occupied Germany | History of the Americas: History of the United States / History of the United States (1945–64) | Sex and the law: Wartime sexual violence | War: World War II / Rape during the occupation of Germany, United States war crimes