Tuesday, 16 September 2014
New Books in History - Andrew Demshuk The Lost German East: Forced Migration and the Politics of Memory, 1945-1970
George Orwell was one of the few journalists in western Europe who pointed out the issues raised by the displacement of the German population from the parts of Germany that were being transferred to Poland. Borders had changed often in European history but it was rare for the people to be moved with them. What became of those people was a major factor in the development of post-war Germany, but one that almost nobody wanted to talk about.
This podcast goes into some fascinating details about just how these people were discretely dealt with and how it turned out that one of the biggest groups of displaced people in history didn't give rise to one of the biggest political problems in history.