NEMMERSDORF (ABOVE), IN EAST PRUSSIA, fell to the Red Army for only 48 hours in October 1944, and was then recaptured by the German Army. All villagers had been murdered in the most brutal manner. Women and children were gang raped and then killed. Some had been nailed, naked and in cruciform position to bam doors.
The American historian and diplomat George Kennan wrote: “The disaster that befell this area with the entry of the Soviet forces has no parallel in modem European experience. There were considerable sections where, to judge by all existing evidence, scarcely a man, woman or child of the indigenous population was left alive after the initial passage of Soviet forces… The Russians swept the native population clean in a manner that has no parallel since the days of the Asiatic hordes.”