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Orderly and Humane: The Expulsion of the Germans After the Second World War

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Publisher Comments:

Immediately after the Second World War, the victorious Allies authorized and helped to carry out the forced relocation of German speakers from their homes across central and southern Europe to Germany. The numbers were almost unimaginable—between 12,000,000 and 14,000,000 civilians, most of them women and children—and the losses horrifying—at least 500,000 people, and perhaps many more, died while detained in former concentration camps, while locked in trains en route, or after arriving in Germany exhausted, malnourished, and homeless. This book is the first in any language to tell the full story of this immense man-made catastrophe.

Based mainly on archival records of the countries that carried out the forced migrations and of the international humanitarian organizations that tried but failed to prevent the disastrous results, Orderly and Humane: The Expulsion of the Germans after the Second World War is an authoritative and objective account. It examines an aspect of European history that few have wished to confront, exploring how the expulsions were conceived, planned, and executed and how their legacy reverberates throughout central Europe today. The book is an important study of the largest recorded episode of what we now call "ethnic cleansing," and it may also be the most significant untold story of the Second World War.

Synopsis:

More than 12 million German-speaking civilians in Europe were driven from their homes in the wake of WWII, yet barely anyone noticed or remembers

About the Author

R. M. Douglas is associate professor of history, Colgate University. He is the author of four previous books, including most recently Architects of the Resurrection: Ailtiri na hAiséirghe and the Fascist "New Order" in Ireland. He lives in Hamilton, NY.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300166606
Subtitle:
The Expulsion of the Germans after the Second World War
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Author:
Douglas, R. M.
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Immigration
Subject:
World History-Germany
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20130723
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 b/w illus. + 1 map
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Immigration
History and Social Science » Europe » Germany » Modern Germany
History and Social Science » Military » World War II » General
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » Germany » General

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