World War II Nazis and Soviet occupation: more on the gender angle

On October 6, Barbara Stelzl-Marx gave a talk at Harvard University regarding her book on the Soviet occupation of Austria after World War II. She explained how under Stalin some Austrian spies including females ended up executed.

Nazi propaganda included a photo of a man with East Asian features standing with a machine-gun on German ruins. The idea was that Soviet troops would inevitably draw from the East and thus Germany was in a racial war for survival, in case there were any Nazis with no disdain for Slavic peoples.

She also pointed out that the Austrians and Soviet troops accused each other of spreading venereal disease.

No, I don’t know if Barbara Stelzl-Marx is related to Karl Marx.

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