- Contributed by
- People in story:
- Irene Lambert (Inge Keller)
- Location of story:
- Berlin and the near area
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- Contributed on:
- 16 September 2004
I felt it important to place on record the account of what happened to four young girls who had just matriculated from their school and who were caught up in the final horrors of the war end.
The horror of the Russian occupation of their homes by troops deliberately brought in from the depths of eastern Russia where they had no concept of modern western civilisation and whose actions recalled those of the Barbarians in the sacking of Rome!
"Two of the soldiers (Russian) were playing football. ... everytime it (the ball) flew through the air there were two streamers sticking out of it and flapping about. She saw a little girl's head, neatly severed at the neck, covered in blood, the face quite unrecognisable as human. The streamers she had seen flapping about, were two plaits that might once have been blonde but were now caked with blood and dirt. One Russian picked it up by the plaits and threw it to his comrade who continued the game."
"A Russian soldier came walking out the door, buttoning his trousers. She saw her friend....she was lying almost naked from the waist down, her tracksuit trousers in tatters on the floor. Where her eyes used to be, were two blood encrusted holes, where he had driven his knife in. Her throat had been cut and there was a large pool of blood where her head had almost been severed."
Irene Lambert endured Russian savagery to survive and go on to work for the British before marrying an Englishman.
I have no connection with Irene, but was so moved by her account that I beleive it important to record that often the ordinary citizen who has no control of events around them suffers at the hands of those who make wars.
It seems that the account of the horror of Russian occupation is often put to one side - even justified as two wrongs are seen to possibly make a right.
I sincerely recommend that anyone interested in the suffering of civilians should endevour to read Irene's account.
It's entilled "The Other Side of the Coin" and published by "Vanguard Press" of Cambridge.
It would be pointless of me to make any more quotes but sufice to say the she physically survived men who had no conscience and no scruples..
I hope we can all learn lessons!
(The quotes above have been made with the kind permission of Irene Lambert.)
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