A Terrible Revenge

The Ethnic Cleansing of the East European Germans

Author: Alfred-Maurice de Zayas

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Trade

ISBN: 9781403973085

Category: History

Page: 224

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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.

Die deutschen Vertriebenen

Keine Täter - sondern Opfer

Author: Alfred M de Zayas

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 390273292X

Category: History

Page: 247

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Wer aus den Fehlern der Vergangenheit nicht lernen will, ist verdammt, sie zu wiederholen. Bosnien, Ruanda und Dafur belegen diese alte Weisheit. Der Autor, ein Schweizer Völkerrechtler und Historiker, hat in seinem nun in 5. Auflage vorliegenden Buch "Anmerkungen zur Vertreibung" ein einführendes Werk geschaffen, das nicht bei der bloßen Beschreibung der oft schrecklichen Geschehnisse haften bleibt, sondern darüber hinaus den Vorgang historisch korrekt einbettet. Die Vorgeschichte der Vertreibung der Deutschen aus dem Osten, der Versailler Vertrag, die Lage der Deutschen in Polen und der Tschechoslowakei in der Zwischenkriegszeit, die antideutschen Pogrome in Polen nach Kriegsbeginn 1939, aber auch Hitlers "Lebensraum-Ideen" werden ausführlich behandelt, wobei deutlich wird, daß letztere nicht als Ursache oder Entschuldigung der Vertreibung herangezogen werden können. Einen großen Teil des Buches nimmt die Beschreibung der Vertreibung selbst ein, wobei die Berichte von Zeitzeugen, Dokumente, Zahlen und Abbildungen dabei helfen, das schreckliche Geschehen nachvollziehbar zu machen. 12 Millionen Menschen wurden dabei nach Westen vertrieben, mehr als zwei Millionen kamen um oder wurden direkt getötet. Sind die Verbrechen Hitlers tatsächlich der Grund für die Massenverteibungen oder spielten andere Planungen im Osten wie bei den Westalliierten eine bedeutende Rolle? Auch dieser Frage geht der Autor nach, um abschließend die Eingliederung der Heimatvertriebenen in der Bundesrepublik zu schildern. Neu veröffentlichte Fotos aus dem Fundus des Roten Kreuzes in Genf machen das Buch in besonderer Weise unverzichtbar. "Eine erschütternde Mahnung" Die Welt.

The German Myth of the East

1800 to the Present

Author: Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199605165

Category: History

Page: 312

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An examination of the various different expressions of the distinctive German 'myth of the East' that has been such a marked feature of German culture over the last two centuries, influencing German attitudes both to Eastern Europe itself and also to Germans' own sense of identity.

Ethnic Cleansing and the European Union

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Security, Memory and Ethnography

Author: L. Tesser

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 113730877X

Category: Political Science

Page: 268

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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.

Forgotten Voices

The Expulsion of the Germans from Eastern Europe after World War II

Author: Ulrich Merten

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 1412852587

Category: History

Page: 336

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The news agency Reuters reported in 2009 that a mass grave containing 1,800 bodies was found in Malbork, Poland. Polish authorities suspected that they were German civilians that were killed by advancing Soviet forces. A Polish archeologist supervising the exhumation, said, "We are dealing with a mass grave of civilians, probably of German origin. The presence of children . . . suggests they were civilians." During World War II, the German Nazi regime committed great crimes against innocent civilian victims: Jews, Poles, Russians, Serbs, and other people of Central and Eastern Europe. At war's end, however, innocent German civilians in turn became victims of crimes against humanity. Forgotten Voices lets these victims of ethnic cleansing tell their story in their own words, so that they and what they endured are not forgotten. This volume is an important supplement to the voices of victims of totalitarianism and has been written in order to keep the historical record clear. The root cause of this tragedy was ultimately the Nazi German regime. As a leading German historian, Hans-Ulrich Wehler has noted, "Germany should avoid creating a cult of victimization, and thus forgetting Auschwitz and the mass killing of Russians." Ulrich Merten argues that applying collective punishment to an entire people is a crime against humanity. He concludes that this should also be recognized as a European catastrophe, not only a German one, because of its magnitude and the broad violation of human rights that occurred on European soil. Supplementary maps and pictures are available online at http://www.forgottenvoices.net

How to Accept German Reparations

Author: Susan Slyomovics

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812209656

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

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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.

International Humanitarian Law: Origins, Challenges, Prospects (3 Vols)

Author: John Carey,William V. Dunlap,R. John Pritchard

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 1571052674

Category: Law

Page: 3

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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 Wehrmacht-Untersuchungsstelle

deutsche Ermittlungen über alliierte Völkerrechtsverletzungen im Zweiten Weltkrieg

Author: Alfred M. De Zayas,Walter Rabus

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783800410514

Category: Druga svetovna vojna - Zločini - Zavezniki - Žrtve - Evropa - 1939-1945

Page: 477

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Routledge International Handbook of Diversity Studies

Author: Steven Vertovec

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131760069X

Category: Social Science

Page: 404

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In recent years the concept of ‘diversity’ has gained a leading place in academic thought, business practice and public policy worldwide. Although variously used, ‘diversity’ tends to refer to patterns of social difference in terms of certain key categories. Today the foremost categories shaping discourses and policies of diversity include race, ethnicity, religion, gender, disability, sexuality and age; further important notions include class, language, locality, lifestyle and legal status. The Routledge Handbook of Diversity Studies will examine a range of such concepts along with historical and contemporary cases concerning social and political dynamics surrounding them. With contributions by experts spanning Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, History and Geography, the Handbook will be a key resource for students, social scientists and professionals. It will represent a landmark volume within a field that has become, and will continue to be, one of the most significant global topics of concern throughout the twenty-first century.

German Chicago Revisited

Author: Raymond Lohne

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1439613141

Category: Social Science

Page: 128

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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.

The Blue Suitcase

Author: Marianne Wheelaghan

Publisher: Pilrig Press

ISBN: 0956614418

Category: Fiction

Page: 292

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It is 1932, Silesia, Germany, and the eve of Antonia's 12th birthday. Hitler's Brownshirts and Red Front Marxists are fighting each other in the streets. Antonia doesn't care about the political unrest but it's all her family argue about. Then Hitler is made Chancellor and order is restored across the country, but not in Antonia's family. The longer the National Socialists stay in power, the more divided the family becomes with devastating consequences. Unpleasant truths are revealed and terrible lies uncovered. Antonia thinks life can't get much worse - and then it does. Partly based on a true-life story, Antonia's gripping diary takes the reader inside the head of an ordinary teenage girl growing up. Her journey into adulthood, however, is anything but ordinary.

Memory and Migration

Multidisciplinary Approaches to Memory Studies

Author: Julia Creet,Andreas Kitzmann

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 144262048X

Category: Social Science

Page: 346

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Memory plays an integral part in how individuals and societies construct their identity. While memory is usually considered in the context of a stable, unchanging environment, this collection of essays explores the effects of immigration, forced expulsions, exile, banishment, and war on individual and collective memory. The ways in which memory affects cultural representation and historical understanding across generations is examined through case studies and theoretical approaches that underscore its mutability. Memory and Migration is a truly interdisciplinary book featuring the work of leading scholars from a variety of fields across the globe. The essays are collaborative, successfully responding to the central theme and expanding upon the findings of individual authors. A groundbreaking contribution to an emerging field of study, Memory and Migration provides valuable insight into the connections between memory, place, and displacement.

From Nuremberg to Nineveh

Author: Mark Turley

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 095598100X

Category: History

Page: 187

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The early 21st century is a time of uncertainty. The American led global order, which rose from the ashes of World War Two, is beginning to crumble. With Russia, China and the European Union all threatening American domination, upheaval, in some form, is certain. Conflict is inevitable. In 'From Nuremberg to Nineveh', Mark Turley goes back to the launch-pad of the American era, the Nuremberg Trial, in which the great evil of Nazism was defeated, the ideals of Liberal democracy were championed and political correctness was born. Stripping away the layers of propaganda, this thorough analysis provides a fresh interpretation of what the trial really meant and the purposes it served. Utilising standard sources, as well as those purposely ignored by mainstream history, conclusions are reached that are both controversial and significant. The result is not only a rethink of the Nazi epoch, but an up-to-date expose of the motivations behind current world affairs.

Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit

Author: Yuval Noah Harari

Publisher: DVA

ISBN: 364110498X

Category: History

Page: 528

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Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.

Germany and Poland

from war to peaceful relations

Author: Władysław Wszebór Kulski

Publisher: Syracuse Univ Pr

ISBN: 9780815601180

Category: Political Science

Page: 336

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Ethnic Cleansing in Twentieth-century Europe

Author: Steven Béla Várdy,T. Hunt Tooley,Agnes Huszar Vardy

Publisher: East European Monographs

ISBN: N.A

Category: Armenian massacres, 1915-1923

Page: 860

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This volume is the result of the conference on Ethnic Cleansing in Twentieth-Century Europe held a Duquesne University in 2000. It encompasses an array of case studies, behaviours, origins and patterns, such topics as ethnic cleansing in World War II and its aftermath.