A Terrible Revenge: The Ethnic Cleansing of the East by Alfred-Maurice de Zayas


By Alfred-Maurice de Zayas

The final part and the aftermath of global warfare II observed hundreds of thousands of refugees and displaced people wandering throughout jap 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 identified is the destiny of fifteen million German civilians who discovered themselves on the mercy of Soviet armies and at the mistaken part of recent postwar borders. far and wide japanese Europe, the population of groups that were validated 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 though, the nice majority--East Prussian farmers, Silesian commercial employees, their other halves and children--were guiltless. Their destiny, sentenced simply 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 intensive study in German and American information, he outlines the lengthy historical past of those German groups, scattered from the Baltic to the Danude, and, such a lot movingly, reproduces the tales of surviors from the catastrophic exodus that marked the ultimate finish to Nazi fantasies of Lebensraum.

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However, the expulsion made no exceptions. Whether elderly or even Nobel Prize winner, the all-encompassing fate would not spare him. ''This time I come on official business," said Sokolov, who had already visited Hauptmann on several occasions. "I hereby convey to you the final offer of the Soviet Military Administtation. The Germans in the county of Hirschberg will be completely evacuated. The Polish government is insistent. "5 "Well," said Hauptmann, "we shall have to go .... " He spoke in such a subdued monotone that the colonel could not understand him until Margarete Hauptmann repeated her husband's words.

Among the younger generations. many children of expellees have distinguished themselves. Since they are as German as any Bavarian or Westfalian. few would guess that they are of eastern German ancestry. Consider. for example. Boris Becker. German tennis champion and three-time Wimbledon winner. His mother Elvira. nee Pisch. is a Moravian German from Kunewald. Neutitschein County. not far from Olmiitz and Moravian Ostrau. Consider too the many eastern Germans who have come to the United States. For example.

2 The Expulsion Prehistory: Interbellum Years and World War II T he expulsion of entire populations at the end of armed conflicts was not in the European tradition. With the exception of the Greek-Turkish exchange of 1923 to 1926, European statesmen did not contemplate or carry out resettlement schemes prior to World War II. Of course, such schemes were not drawn up in a vacuum but were engendered by the so-called minorities problem, which had been exacerbated by the reordering of European states in 1919-20 as a consequence of World War I.

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