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In his own analysis of these sources, he calculated the total postwar expulsion deaths to be 1,, In , German historian Martin Broszat former head of the Institute of Contemporary History in Munich described Nawratil's writings as "polemics with a nationalist-rightist point of view and exaggerates in an absurd manner the scale of 'expulsion crimes'.

Fischer calls the book "problematic". Those who arrived were in bad condition—particularly during the harsh winter of —46, when arriving trains carried "the dead and dying in each carriage other dead had been thrown from the train along the way ". Once they arrived, they found themselves in a country devastated by war. Housing shortages lasted until the s, which along with other shortages led to conflicts with the local population.

France did not participate in the Potsdam Conference , so it felt free to approve some of the Potsdam Agreements and dismiss others. France maintained the position that it had not approved the expulsions and therefore was not responsible for accommodating and nourishing the destitute expellees in its zone of occupation.

While the French military government provided for the few refugees who arrived before July in the area that became the French zone, it succeeded in preventing entrance by later-arriving ethnic Germans deported from the East.

Britain and the US protested against the actions of the French military government but had no means to force France to bear the consequences of the expulsion policy agreed upon by American, British and Soviet leaders in Potsdam. France persevered with its argument to clearly differentiate between war-related refugees and post-war expellees.

In December it absorbed into its zone German refugees from Denmark, [] where , Germans had traveled by sea between February and May to take refuge from the Soviets. These were refugees from the eastern parts of Germany, not expellees; Danes of German ethnicity remained untouched and Denmark did not expel them.

With this humanitarian act the French saved many lives, due to the high death toll German refugees faced in Denmark. Until mid, the Allies had not reached an agreement on how to deal with the expellees. France suggested immigration to South America and Australia and the settlement of 'productive elements' in France, while the Soviets' SMAD suggested a resettlement of millions of expellees in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

The Soviets, who encouraged and partly carried out the expulsions, offered little cooperation with humanitarian efforts, thereby requiring the Americans and British to absorb the expellees in their zones of occupation.

In contradiction with the Potsdam Agreements, the Soviets neglected their obligation to provide supplies for the expellees. The Western deliveries started in , but this turned out to be a one-way street.

The Soviet deliveries—desperately needed to provide the expellees with food, warmth, and basic necessities and to increase agricultural production in the remaining cultivation area—did not materialize. Consequently, the US stopped all deliveries on 3 May , [] while the expellees from the areas under Soviet rule were deported to the West until the end of In the British and US zones the supply situation worsened considerably, especially in the British zone.

Due to its location on the Baltic , the British zone already harbored a great number of refugees who had come by sea, and the already modest rations had to be further shortened by a third in March In Hamburg , for instance, the average living space per capita, reduced by air raids from The US and Britain had to import food into their zones, even as Britain was financially exhausted and dependent on food imports having fought Nazi Germany for the entire war, including as the sole opponent from June to June the period when Poland and France were defeated, the Soviet Union supported Nazi Germany, and the United States had not yet entered the war.

Consequently, Britain had to incur additional debt to the US, and the US had to spend more for the survival of its zone, while the Soviets gained applause among Eastern Europeans — many of whom were impoverished by the war and German occupation — who plundered the belongings of expellees, often before they were actually expelled. With ever more expellees sweeping into post-war Germany, the Allies moved towards a policy of assimilation , which was believed to be the best way to stabilise Germany and ensure peace in Europe by preventing the creation of a marginalised population.

When the Federal Republic of Germany was founded, a law was drafted on 24 August that was primarily intended to ease the financial situation of the expellees. The law, termed the Lastenausgleichsgesetz, granted partial compensation and easy credit to the expellees; the loss of their civilian property had been estimated at In countries occupied by Nazi Germany during the war, sexual relations between Wehrmacht soldiers and local women resulted in the birth of significant numbers of children.

Relationships between German soldiers and local women were particularly common in countries whose population was not dubbed "inferior" Untermensch by the Nazis. After the Wehrmacht's withdrawal, these women and their children of German descent were often ill-treated. For many war children, the situation would ease only decades after the war. With at least [] 12 million [93] [] [] Germans directly involved, possibly 14 million [] [] or more, [] it was the largest movement or transfer of any single ethnic population in European history [] [] [] and the largest among the post-war expulsions in Central and Eastern Europe which displaced 20 to 31 million people in total.

The exact number of Germans expelled after the war is still unknown, because most recent research provides a combined estimate which includes those who were evacuated by the German authorities, fled or were killed during the war. It is estimated that between 12 and 14 million German citizens and foreign ethnic Germans and their descendants were displaced from their homes. The exact number of casualties is still unknown and is difficult to establish due to the chaotic nature of the last months of the war.

Census figures placed the total number of ethnic Germans still living in Eastern Europe in , after the major expulsions were complete, at approximately 2. The events have been usually classified as population transfer [] [] or as ethnic cleansing. Rummel has classified these events as democide , [] and a few scholars go as far as calling it a genocide. The expulsions created major social disruptions in the receiving territories, which were tasked with providing housing and employment for millions of refugees.

West Germany established a ministry dedicated to the problem, and several laws created a legal framework. The expellees established several organisations, some demanding compensation. Their grievances, while remaining controversial, were incorporated into public discourse. International law on population transfer underwent considerable evolution during the 20th century.

Before World War II, several major population transfers were the result of bilateral treaties and had the support of international bodies such as the League of Nations. The tide started to turn when the charter of the Nuremberg trials of German Nazi leaders declared forced deportation of civilian populations to be both a war crime and a crime against humanity, and this opinion was progressively adopted and extended through the remainder of the century. Underlying the change was the trend to assign rights to individuals, thereby limiting the rights of nation-states to impose fiats which could adversely affect such individuals.

There is now general consensus about the legal status of involuntary population transfers: Although the signatories to the Potsdam Agreements and the expelling countries may have considered the expulsions to be legal under international law at the time, there are historians and scholars in international law and human rights who argue that the expulsions of Germans from Central and Eastern Europe should now be considered as episodes of ethnic cleansing , and thus a violation of human rights.

For example, Timothy V. In the s and s a Harvard -trained lawyer and historian, Alfred de Zayas , published Nemesis at Potsdam and A Terrible Revenge , both of which became bestsellers in Germany. In November , a major conference on ethnic cleansing in the 20th century was held at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh , along with the publication of a book containing participants' conclusions.

A Centre Against Expulsions was to be set up in Berlin by the German government based on an initiative and with active participation of the German Federation of Expellees. The Centre's creation has been criticized in Poland. Former Polish prime minister Donald Tusk restricted his comments to a recommendation that Germany pursue a neutral approach at the museum. German historian Andreas Hillgruber called the expulsions a "national catastrophe" and said in that they were as tragic as the Holocaust.

British historian Richard J. Evans wrote that although the expulsions of ethnic Germans from Eastern Europe was done in an extremely brutal manner that could not be defended, the basic aim of expelling the ethnic German population of Poland and Czechoslovakia was justified by the subversive role played by the German minorities before World War II. Historian Gerhard Weinberg wrote that the expulsions of the Sudeten Germans was justified as the Germans themselves had scrapped the Munich Agreement.

In June , German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that there had been "no moral or political justification" for the post-war expulsion of ethnic Germans. Nazi propaganda pictures produced during the Heim ins Reich and pictures of expelled Poles are sometimes published to show the flight and expulsion of Germans. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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