By Alfred-Maurice de Zayas
The last section and the aftermath of worldwide battle II observed thousands of refugees and displaced individuals wandering throughout japanese Europe in a single of the main brutal and chaotic migrations in international 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 stumbled on themselves on the mercy of Soviet armies and at the unsuitable part of recent postwar borders. far and wide japanese Europe, the population of groups that were demonstrated for lots 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. in spite of the fact that, the nice majority--East Prussian farmers, Silesian commercial employees, their other halves and children--were guiltless. Their destiny, sentenced in simple terms by way of race, continues to be an appalling legacy of the period.Alfred de Zayas's booklet describes this terrible retribution. at the foundation of intensive examine in German and American information, he outlines the lengthy historical past of those German groups, scattered from the Baltic to the Danude, and, so much movingly, reproduces the stories of surviors from the catastrophic exodus that marked the ultimate finish to Nazi fantasies of Lebensraum.
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Consider too the many eastern Germans who have come to the United States. For example. Kurt Masur. born in Brieg. Silesia in 1919 and expelled to the German Democratic Republic at the age of 17. became a legendary conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and is now music director of the New York Philharmonic. Surely not many Americans know how many prominent Hollywood actors and actresses were actually ethnic Germans from Eastern Europe. Gloria Swanson. born Franziska Pfeffer in Franztal. Serbia-a town now merged with the city of Belgrade-emigrated to St.
These are historical facts, but it is also true that the Ostrogoths and Visigoths cannot be regarded as direct forebears of modern Germans. While the eastern Germanic tribes had been settled for several hundred years in regions that comprise modern Poland, they nevertheless abandoned these settlements for the most part, yielding the lands to later influxes of Slavic tribes that setded as far west as the Oder and even the Elbe rivers. Around the year 960 the Kingdom of Poland came into existence under Mieszko I.
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