By Alfred-Maurice de Zayas
The ultimate part and the aftermath of worldwide struggle II observed thousands of refugees and displaced people wandering throughout japanese Europe in a single of the main brutal and chaotic migrations in global history.The genocidal barbarism of the Nazi forces has been good documented. What hitherto has been little recognized is the destiny of fifteen million German civilians who came upon themselves on the mercy of Soviet armies and at the mistaken facet of recent postwar borders. in every single place japanese Europe, the population of groups that have been proven for plenty of centuries have been both expelled or killed. Over million Germans didn't survive.Many of those humans had supported Hitler, and for the Czechs, Poles, Ukrainians, and surviving Jews, their destiny should have appeared simply. even if, the nice majority--East Prussian farmers, Silesian business employees, their other halves and children--were guiltless. Their destiny, sentenced in basic terms by way of race, is still an appalling legacy of the period.Alfred de Zayas's e-book describes this terrible retribution. at the foundation of in depth learn in German and American records, he outlines the lengthy background of those German groups, scattered from the Baltic to the Danude, and, such a lot movingly, reproduces the stories of surviors from the catastrophic exodus that marked the ultimate finish to Nazi fantasies of Lebensraum.
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He was actively writing until shortly before his death. His despair for wartorn Germany was reflected in the four dramas of theAtrides Tetralogy, completed in 1945, when Germany had sunk into murder and chaos. , 1946, handed Hauptmann at his home in Agnetendorf. Silesia, the deportation order drafted by the Polish government. At first, the Supreme Commander of the Soviet Forces, Marshal Georgi K. Zhukov, had offered the writer an opportunity to resettle in Dresden or Berlin, but Hauptmann refused, an act that created a sensation in Poland and in the West.
Ethnic Germans from the Danube basin, known as Donauschwaben. The Donauschwaben suffered (he greatest losses in (he flight and expulsion (Swiss Red Cross). III ustratio ns 21. Donauschwaben at a refugee camp in Bavaria (Swiss Red Cross). XXXIX xl A TERRIBLE REVENGE . : :-'" .. - ,. -'. . -".. :'~\ ;. ~ ~ , 23. German refugees crossing the barbed wire between the Russian and British zones Red Cross). xl ii A TERRIBLE REVENGE 24. A Silesian expellee facing an uncertain future, 1948 (Swiss Red Cross) .
But Goebbels' propaganda exaggerated the situation. The Poles were aware of what had happened to the Czechs a few months earlier. They hesitated to negotiate over Danzig for they had seen through Hitler. They had no desire to become his next victim. This was not a question of Danzig or self-determination; it was a question of survival for the Polish state. As early as March 31, 1939, two weeks after the German occupation of Bohemia and Moravia, the Poles had secured a guarantee from England and France.
A Terrible Revenge: The Ethnic Cleansing of the East European Germans, 1944 - 1950 by Alfred-Maurice de Zayas