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Authors: Thomas J. Kehoe and E. James Kehoe

Title: A Reply to Dykstra’s “Evident Bias in ‘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: 385-396

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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E. James Kehoe, School of Psychology, University of New South WalesResearchGate

– Thomas J. Kehoe:

Abstract: »Contrary to Robert Dykstra’s contention, we do not attempt to equate Soviet and U.S. crimes. Instead, we present new quantitative evidence that indicates a higher rate of U.S.-perpetrated crime than previously thought. The result should be a re-appraisal of U.S. soldiers’ behavior that penetrates further than the popular narrative that contrasts a peaceful West with a disorderly East. Dykstra’s mistaken critique of our statistical results appears to derive from his failure to appreciate the full relationship between crime reports and crime charges and from his lack of familiarity with the complications surrounding the calculation of the “dark number.”« (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

Dykstra, Robert R. »Evident Bias in Thomas J. Kehoe and E. James Kehoe, “Crimes Committed by U.S. Soldiers in Europe, 1945–1946”.« Journal of Interdisciplinary History 47 (2017): 381-384. – Bibliogrpaphic 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