Not that the Nazis have a monopoly on bizarrely creepy wartime horror or anything. Hell, not all of the perpetrators are members of any army at all -- for instance, here is a story about some nice Hungarian women on the home front who secretly and systematically poisoned 300 fucking people.
Thus, rape can be prosecuted as a war crime as a grave breach under Article 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, as a violation of Common Article 3, and as a violation of the laws or customs of war. Rape has successfully been prosecuted as rape, as a form of torture, a means of persecution, and indicia of enslavement, among other crimes. It is now indisputably regarded as a serious crime of war, crime against humanity, and instrument of genocide.
As long as everyone conserved their ammo and manned their posts, the only real danger posed to the building came from flamethrowers. Fortunately, with legendary snipers like 19-year-old Anatoly Chekhov on the top floor, this usually resulted in a Viking funeral for the Nazis.
KP: In your recent piece for the Times , you talk about the policy that Abraham Lincoln put in place to deter soldiers from raping. You write that Lincoln’s order, the Lieber Code of 1863 , “codified the precepts of modern war on the protection of women against rape”— that it “set the stage” for the types of humanitarian laws we still use today.