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5.0 out of 5 stars An important book on a neglected subject, 2 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Orderly and Humane: The Expulsion of the Germans After the Second World War (Paperback)
It is surprising how little has been written about the expulsion of millions of ethnic Germans from their ancestral homelands in central and eastern Europe in the years 1944-6. There have been some memoirs of former residents of East Prussia and Pomerania but nothing I know of in the way of a systematic and reasonably comprehensive treatment. The western victors in what I would regard as a morally justified war lost a lot of moral capital at the end in their dreadful treatment of Russian prisoners and, in the case of the Cossacks, their wives and children and we now have another catalogue of injustice and cruelty. If anyone thinks that forced population transfer is an acceptable answer to any problems faced by ethnically heterogeneous countries, they should read this. Millions were expelled from Czechoslovakia, Poland, Yugoslavia and points east and transported, or forced marched, in conditions reminiscent of those faced by the victims of the Nazis into an utterly devastated Germany. Douglas documents all this in a thorough, balanced and readable manner, making appropriate efforts to understand the reasoning behind the actions of the victors and the authorities in the newly-liberated lands but, equally appropriately, not hiding his revulsion. In the overwhelmingly vast literature on World War II, these events have been given far too little attention and this book fills an important gap. Thoroughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unknown Tragedy, 30 Nov 2013
This review is from: Orderly and Humane: The Expulsion of the Germans After the Second World War (Paperback)
A work of excellent scholarship on a long kept tragic secret of post war Europe. A fair account of a shocking truth.
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