Garraio 2013 Rapists

Title Information

Author: Júlia Garraio – Translator: João Paulo Moreira

Title: Hordes of Rapists

Subtitle: The Instrumentalization of Sexual Violence in German Cold War Anti-Communist Discourses

Journal: RCCS Annual Review: A selection from the Portuguese journal Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais

Volume: -

Issue: 5

Year: October 2013

Pages: 43-63

ISSN: 1647-3175 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | German History

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Author: Júlia Garraio, Centro de Estudos Sociais, Universidade de Coimbra

Abstract: »In German Cold War anti-communist discourses, the image of the Red Army as a "horde of rapists" worked as a strategy of exclusion in the construction of a national identity based on "Western values." This paper analyzes the ideological dimension of the stereotypes of raped women and constructions of masculinity in two emblematic texts about the flight and expulsion of Germans from Eastern and Central Europe, and an anti-communist American propaganda novel. The mass rapes of German women in the context of World War II were signified as the result of "Asian barbarism" and communism. The instrumentalization of wartime rapes, by demonizing the Soviet Union, fostered the two pillars of foreign policy in the Federal Republic: European integration and the transatlantic alliance.« [Source: RCCS Annual Review]


  Martyrs of Bolshevism (p. 51)
  An Asian avalance (p. 54)
  Germany as a female body for the taking (p. 57)
  Final considerations (p. 61)
  References (p. 62)

Added: December 7, 2013 | Last updated: December 7, 2013