- 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 ]
- 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. more... [ Comment ]
- 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. more...
- 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...
- 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. more... [ Comment ]
- 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. more...
- 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. more... [ Comment ]
- 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. more...
- 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...
- 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...