By Alfred-Maurice de Zayas
The last section and the aftermath of global conflict II observed hundreds of 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 identified is the destiny of fifteen million German civilians who came across themselves on the mercy of Soviet armies and at the incorrect aspect of latest postwar borders. all over the place japanese Europe, the population of groups that have been verified 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 better halves and children--were guiltless. Their destiny, sentenced in basic terms through 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 files, he outlines the lengthy heritage of those German groups, scattered from the Baltic to the Danude, and, so much movingly, reproduces the tales of surviors from the catastrophic exodus that marked the ultimate finish to Nazi fantasies of Lebensraum.
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Extra info for A Terrible Revenge: The Ethnic Cleansing of the East European Germans, 1944 - 1950
Based on the report submitted by Lord Runciman, on September 19, 1938, the British and French governments urgently advised the Czechs to cede the Sudetenland to the German Reich against a guarantee of new borders. On September 21 the Czechoslovak government accepted the Anglo-French proposal. In spite of this, the second meeting between Hider and Chamberlain, held at Bad Godesberg from September 22 to 24, was a failure due to additional demands made by Hitler. The moment was now ripe for General Beck's coup.
French Prime Minister Edouard Daladier, Chamberlain, Mussolini and Hitler were present. The Czechs were not represented. The Munich Agreement regulated only the conditions and the modalities of the occupation of the Sudentenland by the Reich, not the Czech cession of the region, which in any case the Czech government had already stipulated to Britain and France on September 21. On the morning of September 30,1938, the Czechoslovak foreign minister, Kamil Krofta, told the French, English and Italian ambassadors that his government would accept the decision reached in Munich.
They founded cities, introduced German law, built the Hanseatic League, cultivated the land, developed industries and mines; they composed music, wrote poetry and prose, and philosophized. The lands east of the Oder-Neisse were bountiful and beautiful, more sparsely settled than in the west, colder in winter, warmer in summer. This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks, Bearded with moss, and in garments green, indistinct in the twilight, Stand like Druids of eld, with voices sad and prophetic, Stand like harpers hoar, with beards that rest on their bosoms.