Precisely because the war was won by the forces of hate and evil, only one half of the story has ever been told and that, of course, is the side the winners chose to tell us. They were deposited among the ruins of Allied-occupied Germany to fend for themselves as best they could. Reprinted with permission from the. And wow, this book was a revelation. It ought to be in every serious American library and should be required reading for scholars interested in the history of the end of the Second World War and the years thereafter in Europe. They would soon add the half-million ethnic Germans of Hungary to the list. I do not pretend to believe that, had Britain and the United States secured some concessions from Stalin at Tehran, Stalin would have stuck to his word once hostilities ended raising again the question of why the west would ally with such an actor.
For example, while leaders in the Labour Party expressed understanding of the necessity for the forced expulsions, the journal Socialist Commentary called attention to… …the incongruity of trying to preserve in aspic the often artificially defined European frontiers of 1939, the product of centuries of dynastic squabbling and historical accident, for all time…. I thought Douglas's decision not to focus on personal stories was good other books have done this already. In fact Churchill — who was treated insultingly by Stalin at the beginning of Tehran, and therefore perhaps looking to get back in his good graces — is the one who brought the matchsticks! Once the war began, the position of Central-European Germans outside of Germany was tenuous at best. Nonetheless, the expulsions have cast a long and baleful shadow over central and southeastern Europe, even to the present day. Send me Karen an email- GermanGirlinAmerica gmail. Slowly, slowly, after nearly 70 years, the details from what it looked like down there in the grave where the losers lay are beginning to surface. .
Would he say those statements were also deeply offensive and historically illiterate? But after only a short spin through the book, I discovered that I could not. Governments in surrounding nations were afraid that German Nationalism would take root among their German Minorities. The rest of the world seemed to agree. It examines an aspect of European history that few have wished to confront, exploring how the expulsions were conceived, planned, and executed and how their legacy reverberates throughout central Europe today. They were forced to migrate West.
It examines an aspect of European history that few have wished to confront, exploring how the expulsions were conceived, planned, and executed and how their legacy reverberates throughout central Europe today. Their demographic, economic, cultural and political effects continue to cast a long and baleful shadow across the European continent. Asks and answers lots of thought-provoking questions on guilt, morality, revenge, cynicism, and international law that are still relevant today. This book is not only a very interesting although harrowing read, but somehow compensates a bit for the long silence. The result is an authoritative analysis of an episode that, contrary to McCormick's prediction, has utterly failed to penetrate the popular historical memory. It is certainly an efficient way to finalize the issue. These are words that justify the coming actions using Hitler as the yardstick of acceptable behavior.
And so at the , the Allied powers came together and created plans for the forced migration. That black and white version paints the losers as all-evil, all-vicious, all-enslaving, all-everything bad and it paints the winners as all-good, all-suffering, all-liberating, all-noble, all-virtuous. But I was interested in the story of the German expulsions- there is a lot of discussion about it in my birth country at the moment. The time evolved and they had 6 children. War is a very, very blunt instrument A thorough panorama of the biggest example of ethnic cleansing in history, when the ethnic German population in Poland and Czechoslovakia was understandably? There were interesting minor points, too.
I remember being in a World History class at the University, and talking about it. No one had heard it before, and they thought I was making it up to excuse the Holocaust. As often in politics, nobody behaved well. To support Beneu0161 and the Czechoslovak government in exile would mean expulsion after the war, and to support Hitler and the Nazis would also mean expulsion after the war. The line was so thin that it need not have existed. This is not to condone in any way the brutality of how the separation was effected. Many books of this nature are threaded through with American exceptionalism, not worth finishing.
Douglas From the introduction: Immediately after the Second World War, the victorious Allies carried out the largest forced population transfer — and perhaps the greatest single movement of peoples — in human history. He expressed his anxiety about his wife Gertrud, still in Poland. By no means are all of these concerns unworthy ones. As if everybody felt that it served the Germans right after those undoubtedly worse atrocities of the war and the Holocaust. Or would be better to have Asians and Africans in their countries? The numbers were almost unimaginable--between 12,000,000 and 14,000,000 civilians, most of them women and children--and the losses horrifying--at least 500,000 people, and perhaps many more, died while detained in former concentration camps, while locked in trains en route, or after arriving in Germany exhausted, malnourished, and homeless.
But I feel that revenge is not a good thing. By extraordinary good fortune, the Allies avoided reaping the harvest of their own recklessness. Poles and Czechs would never ask Germans to return. Douglas has written a fair-minded, deeply researched and courageous book that carefully demystifies the claims and accusations surrounding the awful history of the expulsion of the ethnic Germans from Eastern Europe. Germany was divided into four sectors after the war, overseen by Britain, France, America and the Soviet Union, and each of these countries would oversee the intake of Volksdeutsche into their area. In fairness to Douglas, he does go where few have gone before. They hungered in the filthy train car, which stopped occasionally long enough to risk jumping off to hand wash themselves at town fountains at train stations.
They just wanted to move on. The numbers were almost unimaginablebetween 12,000,000 and 14,000,000 civilians, most of them women and childrenand the losses horrifyingat least 500,000 people, and perhaps many more, died while detained in former concentration camps, while locked in trains en route, or after arriving in Germany exhausted, malnourished, and homeless. This is a readable but depressing book on the expulsion of German speaking citizens from Poland and Czechoslovakia just after the the Second World War. I wanted to praise both his bravery and honesty as well as his careful scholarship. While only a few chapters into the book, I feel that I have to come to the defense of the author.
Very minimal wear and tear. In addition to suffering some of the most sadistic and sickening tortures the mind can conjure, hundreds of thousands of these Germans were simply beaten to death, drowned, or buried alive. People who grovel deserve to be denigrated. What I find particularly good is author Douglas' impartial rendering of the facts, which don't support revisionist equating of the ethnic Germans' suffering with that of the Nazis' victims. At one point, Oma's niece was so hungry she ate a bird's nest.