This is a very interesting topic... I think first of all its the Cold War that made the Russkis look bad. American Anti-Communistic stance in that time left a mark in the heads of Americans. Even Americans who dont know much about ww2 would rather sympathize with the Germans than the Russians, I know that from personal experience. I now that there were POW mass murders on every side and that Stalin was as crazy as Hitler, but you ahve to see it that way: Stalin killed people becuse he was an extremely paranoid person. He fequently changed his military staff, becuase he mistrusted them. He did not focus his hatred n one "race". I think i dont have to explain the Nazi ideology here, so I'll say it straight. The Germans felt like they were treating the Russians right because they were Aryans and superior to the Slavic Untermensch. I recently read a Hastings Book in which a former Red Army Soldier was talking about the mass rapes of womes and killings in German Cities. They just felt like this was the appropriate revenge for what Germany did to thei country and their people during the Invasion. When they came to Geramny and saw in which living standard, comfort and "luxury" the Germans were living they started asking questions. "If the Germans live that good, why did theyy attack us, why did they kill us, why do they treat us that bad" and they got angry.