A German woman commits suicide during the Battle of Berlin. With the continuation of the war, the imminent defeat of Germany, and fear of Red Army reprisals, suicide rates in Germany skyrocketed to an astronomical scale towards the end of the war. April 1945. [835 x 1187]
How do you know it was suicide, and not just a fatality from shelling?
To add to what the OP wrote in their header, suicides rates increased also after the war had officially ended, when the raping still continued. Although the Nazis were horrible and committed many atrocities, the Soviets were barbaric towards the women of Berlin.
A bit disrespectful posting this under “History porn”
Is there any historical record of the suicide rates in Berlin at this time?
Looks like she was living on that bench. I even see a pillow under there. She must’ve taken a long, last look around, feeling beaten and said fuck it, I’m out. Can’t say I wouldntve done the same.
Shouldn’t have supported a genocidal war of aggression, huh? ?
Wow this is really close to where I live. The subway line in the background is the U1 that goes through the district of Kreuzberg. This River is the Landwehrkanal this must be close to the station “Prinzenstraße” or “Hallisches Tor” I think it is between these station and where the buildings are destroyed on this picture, nowadays there is a huge old fashioned building, that is housing the “Bundeskartellamt”. U can see, that there was a Harbour back then that was completely dried up after the war and later was used to build houses on. Really interesting picture, it is so fascinating to see, how the city has changed over the years.
As the Russians were raping everything from 5 to 75, suicide was probably not a bad idea.
Lately I’ve developed a real fascination for the Battle of Berlin. A desperate, brutal battle which had already been decided years ago. Can you imagine what it would be like to be a civilian in Berlin? A soldier? A general?
It’d be an apocalypse. Have to wonder what the psychology of the everyday human would be like.
Why didnt more Germans flee to the West as the Soviets approached? Or maybe they did and we just read the anecdotal stories of those that stayed?
I encourage everyone to read the book “A Woman in Berlin”. First-hand account of the soviet occupation of the city from the perspective of a german woman. Holy shit, what a book.
To fully understand the brutality of the Soviets you need to read the book ‘Hellstorm’ by Thomas Goodrich….it’s all about the acts of the Soviet soldiers after ww2….and it does not spare the details!!!
Looks like she lost a scratch off ticket and couldn’t handle her gambling addiction anymore