By Alfred-Maurice de Zayas
The final section and the aftermath of global conflict II observed hundreds of thousands of refugees and displaced individuals wandering throughout jap Europe in a single of the main brutal and chaotic migrations in international history.The genocidal barbarism of the Nazi forces has been good documented. What hitherto has been little identified is the destiny of fifteen million German civilians who came upon themselves on the mercy of Soviet armies and at the mistaken aspect of recent postwar borders. in all places japanese Europe, the population of groups that have been confirmed for lots of centuries have been both expelled or killed. Over million Germans didn't survive.Many of those humans had supported Hitler, and for the Czechs, Poles, Ukrainians, and surviving Jews, their destiny should have appeared simply. in spite of the fact that, the good majority--East Prussian farmers, Silesian commercial staff, their other halves and children--were guiltless. Their destiny, sentenced simply via race, is still an appalling legacy of the period.Alfred de Zayas's e-book describes this terrible retribution. at the foundation of in depth learn in German and American documents, he outlines the lengthy background of those German groups, scattered from the Baltic to the Danude, and, such a lot movingly, reproduces the tales of surviors from the catastrophic exodus that marked the ultimate finish to Nazi fantasies of Lebensraum.
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6 Thus he died, preempting the execution of deportation. It was a disgrace that such a question was even asked; a question that astonishes for the very fact it had to be asked. M. It was his wish to be buried in the Wiesenstein Park beneath the crest of the Riesengebirge. But his body was instead transported to the Soviet Zone of Occupation where, on July 28, it was interred in the village of Kloster on Hiddensee Island near Stralsund. How could this have happened, how could an internationally celebrated writer have been driven from his home?
Lyricist par excellence, his verses make part of German literary history and not just parochial Silesian homeland literature. The poem "Moonlit Night" was set to music by Robert Schumann; it is one of the most often sung classical Lieder. Perhaps even more beautiful is Eichendorff's 1m Abendrot ("At Sunset"), chosen by composer Richard Strauss as the last of his exquisite cycle of Four Last Songr (1948): Hand in hand we've walked Through joy and sorrow. From our journeys now we pause And view our tranquil lands.
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