A Terrible Revenge

Author: Alfred M. De Zayas
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 0312121598
Release Date: 1994
Genre: History

The closing phase and the aftermath of World War II saw millions of refugees and displaced persons wandering across Easter Europe in one of the most brutal and chaotic migrations in world history. The genocidal barbarism of the Nazi forces has been well documented. What hitherto has been little known is the fate of fifteen million German civillians who found themselves at the mercy of Soviet armies and on the wrong side of new postwar borders. All over Eastern Europe, the inhabitants of communities that had been established for many centuries were either expelled or killed. Over two million Germans did not survive. Many of these people had supported Hitler, and for the Czechs, Poles, Ukrainians, and surviving Jews, their fate must have seemed just. However, the great majority--East Prussian farmers, Silesian industrial workers, their wives and children--were guiltless. Their fate, sentenced purely by race, remains an appalling legacy of the period. Alfred de Zayas's book describes this horrible retribution. On the basis of extensive research in German and American archives, he outlines the long history of these German communities, scattered from the Baltic to the Danude, and, most movingly, reproduces the testimonies of surviors from the catastrophic exodus that marked the final end to Nazi fantasies of Lebensraum.

A Terrible Revenge

Author: Alfred-Maurice de Zayas
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Trade
ISBN: 1403973083
Release Date: 2006-05-28
Genre: History

The genocidal barbarism of the Nazi forces has been well documented. What is little known is the fate of fifteen million German civilians who found themselves on the wrong side of new postwar borders. All over Eastern Europe, the inhabitants of communities that had been established for many centuries were either expelled or killed. Over two million Germans did not survive. Some of these people had supported Hitler, but the great majority were guiltless. In A Terrible Revenge, de Zayas describes this horrible retribution. This new edition includes an updated foreword, epilogue and additional information from recent interviews with the children of the displaced.

Germany and Eastern Europe

Author: Keith Bullivant
Publisher: Rodopi
ISBN: 9042006781
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Social Science

The opening up, and subsequent tearing down, of the Berlin Wall in 1989 effectively ended a historically unique period for Europe that had drastically changed its face over a period of fifty years and redefined, in all sorts of ways, what was meant by East and West. For Germany in particular this radical change meant much more than unification of the divided country, although initially this process seemed to consume all of the country's energies and emotions. While the period of the Cold War saw the emergence of a Federal Republic distinctly Western in orientation, the coming down of the Iron Curtain meant that Germany's relationship with its traditional neighbours to the East and the South-East, which had been essentially frozen or redefined in different ways for the two German states by the Cold War, had to be rediscovered. This volume, which brings together scholars in German Studies from the United States, Germany and other European countries, examines the history of the relationship between Germany and Eastern Europe and the opportunities presented by the changes of the 1990's, drawing particular attention to the interaction between the willingness of German and its Eastern neighbours to work for political and economic inte-gration, on the one hand, and the cultural and social problems that stem from old prejudices and unresolved disputes left over from the Second World War, on the other.

Kalte Heimat

Author: Andreas Kossert
Publisher: Siedler Verlag
ISBN: 9783894804602
Release Date: 2008-09-30
Genre: History

Nicht willkommen. Die Vertriebenen nach 1945 in Deutschland Mit diesem Buch bricht Andreas Kossert ein Tabu: Er erschüttert den Mythos der rundum geglückten Integration der Vertriebenen nach 1945. Erstmals erhalten wir ein wirklichkeitsgetreues Bild von den schwierigen Lebensumständen der Menschen im »Wirtschaftswunderland«.

Talking Conflict The Loaded Language of Genocide Political Violence Terrorism and Warfare

Author: Anna M. Wittmann
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9781440834257
Release Date: 2016-12-05
Genre: Political Science

In today's information era, the use of specific words and language can serve as powerful tools that incite violence—or sanitize and conceal the ugliness of war. This book examines the complex, "twisted" language of conflict. • Provides readers with an in-depth awareness of how language is often used to sanitize and obfuscate understanding of reality, thereby offering insight into past and ongoing human conflicts from 1900 onward • Elucidates important terms that in our current "information age" are being used loosely, often without clear definition • Promotes a critical analysis of how words are used, particularly as propaganda • Supports Common Core educational standards by enabling students to learn key critical thinking skills and learning strategies and apply them when reading and interpreting texts

Ethnic Cleansing and the European Union

Author: L. Tesser
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137308771
Release Date: 2013-05-14
Genre: Political Science

This book offers the first multi-case analysis of the politics of ethnic remixing in an expanding EU, including studies on Central Europe, the Balkans and Cyprus. Tesser explains the politics of minority return in a post-national Europe, with particular attention to the long-term aftermath of minority removal as a conflict resolution policy.

How to Accept German Reparations

Author: Susan Slyomovics
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812209655
Release Date: 2014-06-10
Genre: Social Science

In a landmark process that transformed global reparations after the Holocaust, Germany created the largest sustained redress program in history, amounting to more than $60 billion. When human rights violations are presented primarily in material terms, acknowledging an indemnity claim becomes one way for a victim to be recognized. At the same time, indemnifications provoke a number of difficult questions about how suffering and loss can be measured: How much is an individual life worth? How much or what kind of violence merits compensation? What is "financial pain," and what does it mean to monetize "concentration camp survivor syndrome"? Susan Slyomovics explores this and other compensation programs, both those past and those that might exist in the future, through the lens of anthropological and human rights discourse. How to account for variation in German reparations and French restitution directed solely at Algerian Jewry for Vichy-era losses? Do crimes of colonialism merit reparations? How might reparations models apply to the modern-day conflict in Israel and Palestine? The author points to the examples of her grandmother and mother, Czechoslovakian Jews who survived the Auschwitz, Plaszow, and Markkleeberg camps together but disagreed about applying for the post-World War II Wiedergutmachung ("to make good again") reparation programs. Slyomovics maintains that we can use the legacies of German reparations to reconsider approaches to reparations in the future, and the result is an investigation of practical implications, complicated by the difficult legal, ethnographic, and personal questions that reparations inevitably prompt.

German Chicago Revisited

Author: Raymond Lohne
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9781439613146
Release Date: 2001-05-09
Genre: Social Science

German Chicago Revisited follows the photographic study which began in German Chicago: The Danube Swabians and the American Aid Societies. With this latest title in the Images of America series, historian and photographer Raymond Lohne crafts another volume about a group of American citizens who preserve their rich heritage with unwavering effort. This book will give readers a glimpse into the life of a close-knit and highly active community, revealing groups like the Kerneir Pleasure Club, the American Aid Society, and the Society of the Danube Swabians. The German musical life of the city is featured, as is the Karneval season and other year-round festivities and celebrations of the Deutsch-Americans of Chicago and its suburbs.

International Humanitarian Law Origins Challenges Prospects 3 Vols

Author: John Carey
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9781571052674
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Law

In three distinct volumes the editors bring together a distinguished group of contributors whose essays chart the history, practice, and future of international humanitarian law. At a time when the war crimes of recent decades are being examined in the International Criminal Tribunals for Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda and a new International Criminal Court is being created as a permanent venue to try such crimes, the role of international humanitarian law is seminal to the functioning of such attempts to establish a just world order.The events of September 2001 and the worldwide threat of terrorist attacks, bring into sharper focus questions about the ramifications of unconventional warfare and how prisoners taken in armed conflict short of declared war should be treated. Here again international humanitarian law can provide the guideposts needed to find a just course through difficult times. The intent of these volumes is to help to inform where humanitarian law had its origins, how it has been shaped by world events, and why it can be employed to serve the future.

Die gro e Flucht

Author: Guido Knopp
Publisher: Edel:Books
ISBN: 9783955302696
Release Date: 2013-11-29
Genre: History

Am Ende des 2. Weltkrieges werden durch den Einmarsch der Roten Armee Millionen Zivilisten aus den ehemaligen deutschen Ostgebieten vertrieben. Von ihrem Überlebenskampf, ihrem Leid, erzählt dieses Buch zur großen Serie des ZDF. Sie hatten ausgehalten bis zur letzten Minute im Zeichen von Hitlers Durchhaltewahn. Dann war es für eine sichere Rettung zu spät. Im Januar 1945 rückte die Rote Armee unaufhaltsam vor. Auf Unrecht folgte Unrecht. Hunderttausende begaben sich überstürzt auf die Flucht, die über zwei Millionen von ihnen nicht überleben sollten. Guido Knopp und sein Team erhielten für diese Dokumentation Einblick in russische Archive: Bislang unbekanntes Material ermöglichte es, Hintergründe und Zusammenhänge zu den damaligen Geschehnissen so eindringlich wie nie zuvor darzustellen.