During war, soldiers become something outside of themselves. The case being that the brutality of war crimes morphs into a kind of nihilistic retribution. This long form piece by the BBC tasks about the Battle of Berlin and the actions of the Soviet Army. Many know about the Rape of Nanjing and the Japanese refusal to acknowledge the event; however, the events surrounding the end of the war in Europe still get overlooked because they were our collective families.
The rape of Berlin http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32529679