Expellees

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Flight, Expulsion and Reconciliation

After World War II roughly 7 million Germans were expelled from areas east of Germany's post-war borders and nearly 500,000 were killed. A planned museum in Berlin has stirred up charges of historical revisionism and upset Germany's neighbors.

Annual Payments: Berlin Helps Ethnic Germans in Eastern Europe

Annual Payments: Berlin Helps Ethnic Germans in Eastern Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 18, 2013

The German government spends more than 20 million euros per year on helping ethnic Germans living in Eastern Europe, SPIEGEL has learned. The payments are "an expression of special historical responsibility" for their suffering after World War II, Berlin says. more... Comment ]

Where's Adolf? Tackling Germany's Nazi Past in a Children's Book

Where's Adolf? Tackling Germany's Nazi Past in a Children's Book

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 23, 2011

A new German children's book tells the history of the last 100 years by showing how one street and its inhabitants changed over the decades. But depicting the Nazi era and the war without shocking children proved to be a challenge for the authors. By David Gordon Smith more... Comment ]


Controversial Chapters: Can a Jointly Written History Erase Centuries of German-Polish Strife?

Controversial Chapters: Can a Jointly Written History Erase Centuries of German-Polish Strife?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 20, 2011

The history of German-Polish relations is full of suffering and mutual recriminations. Experts from both countries have been developing a history textbook meant to teach high-school students on both sides of the border a common narrative. But critics view the effort as destined to fail. By Jan Friedmann more...

Expellee 'Provocation': Prague Refuses Apology to Sudeten Germans

Expellee 'Provocation': Prague Refuses Apology to Sudeten Germans

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 14, 2011

An annual meeting of post-World War II expellees was marred this weekend by bad blood with Prague. The Czech president was outraged after an expellee leader suggested that an apology for their expulsion was in order. The row threatens the fragile process of reconciliation between the two sides. more...


A Time of Retribution: Paying with Life and Limb for the Crimes of Nazi Germany

A Time of Retribution: Paying with Life and Limb for the Crimes of Nazi Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 27, 2011

After Hitler's war had been lost, millions of ethnic Germans in regions that are today part of Eastern Europe were expelled -- often under horrendous circumstances. It has been proven that at least 473,000 people died as they fled or were expelled. The Nazis' crimes had been far worse, but the suffering of ethnic Germans was immense. By Christian Habbe more... Comment ]

Economic Boom: Poland Is Europe's New High-Flyer

Economic Boom: Poland Is Europe's New High-Flyer

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 21, 2011

Poland, once a backward agricultural country, is quickly becoming an economic powerhouse in Central Europe. The Poles are strongly pro-European, and even their relationship with the Germans is no longer as tense as it was just a few years ago. Nowhere is the transformation easier to see than in Wroclaw. By Jan Puhl more...


Krzysztof Ruchniewicz on Polish-German Ties: Relations 'Shouldn't Be a One-Way Street'

Krzysztof Ruchniewicz on Polish-German Ties: Relations 'Shouldn't Be a One-Way Street'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 18, 2011

More than 65 years after the end of World War II, tensions can still flare up between Germany and Poland. In a SPIEGEL interview, Polish historian Krzysztof Ruchniewicz discusses the postwar "resettlement" of ethnic Germans, improving relations between Germans and Poles and changing attitudes toward the German past of many Polish towns and cities. By Uwe Klußmann more... Comment ]

Germany and Its World War II Victims: Historians Condemn Commemoration Day Proposal

Germany and Its World War II Victims: Historians Condemn Commemoration Day Proposal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 15, 2011

A new parliamentary proposal to establish a commemoration day in honor of those Germans expelled from Eastern Europe following World War II has revived an ongoing debate about Germany's 20th century history. Dozens of accomplished academics have blasted the idea in an open letter. By Charles Hawley more...


'A Bad Character': Expellee Leader Steinbach Insults Veteran Polish Politician

'A Bad Character': Expellee Leader Steinbach Insults Veteran Polish Politician

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 16, 2010

Politician Erika Steinbach, who represents Germans expelled from Eastern Europe after the war, has insulted former Polish Foreign Minister Wladyslaw Bartoszewski. In a interview, she said the Auschwitz survivor, who is also Poland's commissioner for German-Polish relations, has a "bad character." more...

The World from Berlin: How Far to the Right Can Germany's Conservatives Go?

The World from Berlin: How Far to the Right Can Germany's Conservatives Go?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 10, 2010

Erika Steinbach, the head of a group that represents Germans expelled from Eastern Europe after World War II, has said she will leave her conservative party's leadership. Her decision comes after criticism of comments she made about Poland's role in starting the war. German commentators ask if she is becoming a Sarrazin for Angela Merkel's party. more...