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Author Douglas, R. M., 1963- author.

Title Orderly and humane : the expulsion of the Germans after the Second World War / R.M. Douglas.

Publication Info. New Haven [Connecticut] : Yale University Press, [2012]


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 Farmington, Main Library - Adult Department  940.53 DOU    Check Shelf
Description xii, 486 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The planner -- The Volksdeutsche in wartime -- The scheme -- The "wild expulsions" -- The camps -- The "organized expulsion" -- The numbers game -- The children -- The wild west -- The international reaction -- The resettlement -- The law -- Meaning and memory.
Summary "Immediately after the Second World War, the victorious Allies authorized and helped to carry out the forced relocation of German speakers from their homes across central and southern Europe to Germany. The numbers were almost unimaginable--between 12,000,000 and 14,000,000 civilians, most of them women and children--and the losses horrifying--at least 500,000 people, and perhaps many more, died while detained in former concentration camps, while locked in trains en route, or after arriving in Germany exhausted, malnourished, and homeless. This book is the first in any language to tell the full story of this immense manmade catastrophe. Based mainly on archival records of the countries that carried out the forced migrations and of the international humanitarian organizations that tried but failed to prevent the disastrous results, Orderly and Humane : The Expulsion of the Germans after the Second World War is an authoritative and objective account. It examines an aspect of European history that few have wished to confront, exploring how the expulsions were conceived, planned, and executed and how their legacy reverberates throughout central Europe today. The book is an important study of the largest recorded episode of what we now call "ethnic cleansing," and of what to this day remains, outside Germany, a virtually unknown chapter of the Second World War."--Jacket.
Subject Population transfers -- Germans -- History -- 20th century.
Forced migration -- Czech Republic -- History -- 20th century.
Germans -- Czech Republic -- Sudetenland -- History -- 20th century.
Czechoslovakia -- Politics and government -- 1945-1992.
Czechoslovakia -- Ethnic relations -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Forced repatriation.
Ethnic relations. (OCoLC)fst00916005
Forced migration. (OCoLC)fst00931606
Germans. (OCoLC)fst00942100
Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst01919741
Population transfers -- Germans. (OCoLC)fst01071636
Refoulement. (OCoLC)fst01748468
Czech Republic. (OCoLC)fst01256743
Czech Republic -- Sudetenland. (OCoLC)fst01245827
Czechoslovakia. (OCoLC)fst01212490
World War (1939-1945) (OCoLC)fst01180924
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Electronic version: Douglas, R.M., 1963- Orderly and humane. New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, ©2012 9780300183764 (OCoLC)797815128
ISBN 9780300166606 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0300166605 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780300198201 (pbk.)
0300198205 (pbk.)
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