Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Post-WWII Ethnic Cleansing of the East European Germans, 1944-1950; Estimated 2 Million Ethnic Germans Die in Expulsions








Topic of German expulsion still taboo

March 21, 2010

By Brent Davis, Record staff

WATERLOO — It’s a dark chapter in world history that many know nothing about, that others refuse to acknowledge.

It concerns the expulsion of millions of Germans living in Eastern Europe after the Second World War, from such places as Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Yugoslavia and eastern areas of Germany.

It’s estimated that as many as 15 million people may have been forced from their homes, a move in part condoned by the Allied leaders in the Potsdam Agreement, which authorized the return of Germans in Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary to Germany.

Those transfers were to be conducted in “an orderly and humane manner,” according to the agreement signed by British, American and Soviet leaders. It would prove to be anything but.

While casualty estimates vary, many historians — including Alfred de Zayas, whose books Nemesis at Potsdam and A Terrible Revenge were among the first English works to chronicle the tragedy — believe that two million Germans died as a result.

De Zayas, a lawyer and human rights expert who spent 25 years with the United Nations, says it deserves to be recognized alongside such failures of humanity as the Armenian genocide and ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia.

“We would be ashamed of ourselves if we realized the magnitude of the crimes,” said de Zayas, who will speak tonight at the University of Waterloo.

“The subject matter belongs in the schools,” he said in an interview. “It should be taught in genocide courses, courses that deal with crimes against humanity.”

And although the Cuban-born de Zayas — now a professor at the Geneva School of Diplomacy & International Relations — said he “broke the taboo” by writing about the expulsion, it’s a topic that still remains off-limits to many.

“They’ve got a problem with the concept of Germans as victims,” he said. “I don’t have a problem … I came to it because I thought it was an important subject.”

He says he’s been asked whether he’s anti-Semitic or a Holocaust denier, and he quickly dismisses those assertions.

“If I only deal with one category of victims, and deliberately ignore the experience of other victims, I am essentially taking away the human dignity of the other,” he said. “I’m essentially saying my corpses are prettier than your corpses.”

De Zayas will speak tonight at 7:30 p.m. at UW’s Arts Lecture Hall. Tickets are $12, and $10 for students and seniors.

bdavis@therecord.com

http://news.therecord.com/news/article/687051



Recommended Reading:
A Terrible Revenge: The Ethnic Cleansing of the East European Germans, 1944-1950 by Alfred-Maurice de Zayas [1]
[more]


Other Reading:
wikipedia: "Expulsion of Germans after World War II"



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- Unspeakable Atrocities - New German film on the greatest mass rape in history - 2 million German women raped by the Judeo-Bolsheviks from 1945-49
- "Crimes and Mercies" by James Bacque: the genocide of 9 to 14 million ethnic Germans under Allied occupation from 1944-1950
- The post-war genocide of at least three million Germans by the Western Allies - Eisenhower's Death Camps
- Dresden - A True Holocaust And Act Of Heinous Terrorism
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10 comments:

FugaziQuo said...

"The subject matter belongs in the schools," he said in an interview. "It should be taught in genocide courses, courses that deal with crimes against humanity."

No, no, no...we can't have the truth being taught in our schools. Our children might then begin to question the validity of "the holocaust".

Lone Wolf said...

Our children might then begin to question the validity of "the holocaust".

They might also realize that the deliberate genocide of some 8 million Germans in the years following the end of the war was the REAL "holocaust" of WW2.

FugaziQuo said...

"They might also realize that the deliberate genocide of some 8 million Germans in the years following the end of the war was the REAL "holocaust" of WW2."

They might even find-out about the tens of millions of Christians who were slaughtered by Joseph Stalin during the USSR/Marxist Anti-Christian Holocaust.

Lone Wolf said...

They might even find-out about the tens of millions of Christians who were slaughtered by Joseph Stalin during the USSR/Marxist Anti-Christian Holocaust.

Oy vey zve can't have that. That would be antisemitic.

FugaziQuo said...

Sieg heil ):

Mark said...

I have a collection of materials on my genealogy site they may be viewed at:

http://many-roads.com/photo-galleries/flucht/

http://many-roads.com/libraries/prussia-histories/deutsche-vertriebenen-german-expulsions-history/

http://many-roads.com/key-topics/vertriebenen/

...mark

Lone Wolf said...

^thanks Mark

Andreas said...

I am sorry, but most of this article is completely belittling this gigantic crime.


1)

I quote:

"from such places as Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Yugoslavia and eastern areas of Germany".

This sounds as if those Germans were epxelled from foreign countries to Germany. No, the majority of them were expelled FROM GERMANY, not from Poland. The "innocent" Allies simply cut off a huge part of Germany, and called it "Poland". Look at the map after and before!


2)
Quote: "It’s estimated that as many as 15 million people may have been forced from their homes".

They "may" not have been forced, but they WERE forced. I really wonder why someone is trying to belittle this monstrous Allied crime against humanity. And they were not simply forced from their own homes, but many were mistreated, robbed, child-abused,gang-raped , tortured and MURDERED. And the Allies called it "Democracy". I call it GENOCIDE.

3)
Quote: "a move in part condoned by the Allied leaders in the Potsdam Agreement"

The Allied warcriminals Roosevelt and Churchill did not just "condone" it. They are guilty of this genocide because they were the ones who had planned it, arranged it, and signed it. Churchill even promoted this gigantic crime a year before in the British House of Commons.


4)


Quote: "which authorized the return of Germans in Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary to Germany".

Complete hogwash again. The main part of these 15 Million never lived in Poland or Czechia, but in GERMANY. They were driven from their own homeland, and this part of Germany (East of the Oder-Neisse line) simply declared "Polish state" territory, but i was German land.

Also they were not "authorized to return", the opposite is true: They were FORBIDDEN to return to their own German houses in German homeland. They were Ethnically cleansed, means, forced from their own East german homes into a west german land, far away and alien to them.

The intention of the article may be good, but its written in a completely misunderstandable manner. Anybody not knowing this crime will be lead to believe that some Germans simply were "deported back to Germany" were they came from. THIS IS NOT THE CASE. They lived on German land, since the middle ages, and this land was German for a much longer time than many other countries. These millions of Germans lived in their homeland already at a time, when the USA even did not exist yet.

Andreas said...

(sorry, i have to split my posting because otherwise to large)


3)
Quote: "a move in part condoned by the Allied leaders in the Potsdam Agreement"

The Allied warcriminals Roosevelt and Churchill did not just "condone" it. They are guilty of this genocide because they were the ones who had planned it, arranged it, and signed it. Churchill even promoted this gigantic crime a year before in the British House of Commons.


4)


Quote: "which authorized the return of Germans in Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary to Germany".

Complete hogwash again. The main part of these 15 Million never lived in Poland or Czechia, but in GERMANY. They were driven from their own homeland, and this part of Germany (East of the Oder-Neisse line) simply declared "Polish state" territory, but i was German land.

Also they were not "authorized to return", the opposite is true: They were FORBIDDEN to return to their own German houses in German homeland. They were Ethnically cleansed, means, forced from their own East german homes into a west german land, far away and alien to them.

The intention of the article may be good, but its written in a completely misunderstandable manner. Anybody not knowing this crime will be lead to believe that some Germans simply were "deported back to Germany" were they came from. THIS IS NOT THE CASE. They lived on German land, since the middle ages, and this land was German for a much longer time than many other countries. These millions of Germans lived in their homeland already at a time, when the USA even did not exist yet.


The Americans and the British should stop covering up their responsibility for this hidden Holocaust. Otherwise, it is an insult to the graves of the millions of women and children who perished.

Lone Wolf said...

^ I agree with you 100% Andreas.

Thanks for the comments.