The primary defendant, a 22-year-old from Syria, is accused of being a prolific offender who was the subject of unenforced arrest warrants for other crimes at the time of the alleged rape.
With the lack of manpower to clear the rubble, women were left to rebuild Germany in the post-war period.
They were there, on the scene, and the local men either were not dead, in prison camps, in hiding or were greatly diminished in status.
Ellen Goetz, a Jewish friend of Magda's, was also raped.
Details of these, and other atrocities, are contained in the Eastern Documentation Section of the German Federal Archives in Berlin The orgy of rape by Soviet troops was far greater than at first believed.
The local police verified 1,198 cases of rape.
Other Russian officers agreed with him and those who dared to report excesses of violence against civilians met a similar fate.