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Preface
Acknowledgments
ForewordI BackgroundII The Flight and Expulsion of the German Population from East of the Oder-Neisse Line (Poland)III The Expulsion of the Ethnic German Population from the Former CzechoslovakiaIV The Expulsion of the Ethnic German Population from HungaryV The Flight, Incarceration, and Expulsion of Ethnic Germans from the Former Republic of YugoslaviaVI The Fate of the Ethnic German Minority in RomaniaVII Conclusion: Integration and ReconciliationBibliography
Index

About the Author

Ulrich Merten was born in Berlin, Germany, and came to the United States as a small child before the Second World War. He was a senior executive of Bank of America, working almost exclusively in Latin America and the Caribbean. Currently, he is vice president and treasurer of a non-governmental organization involved in democracy building in Cuba.

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-[T]his is a valuable, fascinating, and disturbing book. It is the 'forgotten voices' that make this book come alive and make it a valuable source, particularly for advanced undergraduate students.-

--Dolores L. Augustine, The Historian

-FORGOTTEN VOICES: THE EXPULSION OF THE GERMANS FROM EASTERN EUROPE AFTER WORLD WAR II provides scholarly account that analyzes the expulsion of Germans across Eastern Europe after the second world war, and is a fine pick for any studying the aftermath of and its wide-ranging implications. A mass grave of German civilians was discovered in Poland 2009, prompting insights and investigations into what amounted to atrocities committed against non-military German civilians. This book considers the nature of crimes against Germans and humanity, and gathers an impressive collection of source materials documenting the 'ethnic cleansing' of Germans from Europe post-war. It's a sobering, enlightening account for any military or social issues collection concerned with the aftermath of World War II.-

--California Bookwatch

-Merten states that it is a 'crime against humanity' to use 'collective' punishment against 'individual' crimes. Since there is no such thing as a collective mind, a collective conscience, a collective decision, a collective human body, it is an absolute truth that there cannot be a collective punishment that would be just . . . . This is a 'must read' book for our time.-

--Ruben Lackman, bismarcktribune.com

-Though Merten's account does take sides in an argument, his scholarly tone, the materials he employs, and his explicit denials of any intention to equate the fate of the expellees to the Jews in the Holocaust, and/or to relativize the Holocaust, suggests strongly that he is open to further discussion about the character of the expellees. As such this is a sound and level-headed introduction for Americans.-

--John Flynn, professor emeritus, Sewanee: The University of the South


"[T]his is a valuable, fascinating, and disturbing book. It is the 'forgotten voices' that make this book come alive and make it a valuable source, particularly for advanced undergraduate students."

--Dolores L. Augustine, The Historian

"FORGOTTEN VOICES: THE EXPULSION OF THE GERMANS FROM EASTERN EUROPE AFTER WORLD WAR II provides scholarly account that analyzes the expulsion of Germans across Eastern Europe after the second world war, and is a fine pick for any studying the aftermath of and its wide-ranging implications. A mass grave of German civilians was discovered in Poland 2009, prompting insights and investigations into what amounted to atrocities committed against non-military German civilians. This book considers the nature of crimes against Germans and humanity, and gathers an impressive collection of source materials documenting the 'ethnic cleansing' of Germans from Europe post-war. It's a sobering, enlightening account for any military or social issues collection concerned with the aftermath of World War II."

--California Bookwatch

"Merten states that it is a 'crime against humanity' to use 'collective' punishment against 'individual' crimes. Since there is no such thing as a collective mind, a collective conscience, a collective decision, a collective human body, it is an absolute truth that there cannot be a collective punishment that would be just . . . . This is a 'must read' book for our time."

--Ruben Lackman, bismarcktribune.com

"Though Merten's account does take sides in an argument, his scholarly tone, the materials he employs, and his explicit denials of any intention to equate the fate of the expellees to the Jews in the Holocaust, and/or to relativize the Holocaust, suggests strongly that he is open to further discussion about the character of the expellees. As such this is a sound and level-headed introduction for Americans."

--John Flynn, professor emeritus, Sewanee: The University of the South


"[T]his is a valuable, fascinating, and disturbing book. It is the 'forgotten voices' that make this book come alive and make it a valuable source, particularly for advanced undergraduate students." --Dolores L. Augustine, The Historian "FORGOTTEN VOICES: THE EXPULSION OF THE GERMANS FROM EASTERN EUROPE AFTER WORLD WAR II provides scholarly account that analyzes the expulsion of Germans across Eastern Europe after the second world war, and is a fine pick for any studying the aftermath of and its wide-ranging implications. A mass grave of German civilians was discovered in Poland 2009, prompting insights and investigations into what amounted to atrocities committed against non-military German civilians. This book considers the nature of crimes against Germans and humanity, and gathers an impressive collection of source materials documenting the 'ethnic cleansing' of Germans from Europe post-war. It's a sobering, enlightening account for any military or social issues collection concerned with the aftermath of World War II." --California Bookwatch "Merten states that it is a 'crime against humanity' to use 'collective' punishment against 'individual' crimes. Since there is no such thing as a collective mind, a collective conscience, a collective decision, a collective human body, it is an absolute truth that there cannot be a collective punishment that would be just . . . . This is a 'must read' book for our time." --Ruben Lackman, bismarcktribune.com "Though Merten's account does take sides in an argument, his scholarly tone, the materials he employs, and his explicit denials of any intention to equate the fate of the expellees to the Jews in the Holocaust, and/or to relativize the Holocaust, suggests strongly that he is open to further discussion about the character of the expellees. As such this is a sound and level-headed introduction for Americans." --John Flynn, professor emeritus, Sewanee: The University of the South


"FORGOTTEN VOICES: THE EXPULSION OF THE GERMANS FROM EASTERN EUROPE AFTER WORLD WAR II provides scholarly account that analyzes the expulsion of Germans across Eastern Europe after the second world war, and is a fine pick for any studying the aftermath of and its wide-ranging implications. A mass grave of German civilians was discovered in Poland 2009, prompting insights and investigations into what amounted to atrocities committed against non-military German civilians. This book considers the nature of crimes against Germans and humanity, and gathers an impressive collection of source materials documenting the 'ethnic cleansing' of Germans from Europe post-war. It's a sobering, enlightening account for any military or social issues collection concerned with the aftermath of World War II." --California Bookwatch "Merten states that it is a 'crime against humanity' to use 'collective' punishment against 'individual' crimes. Since there is no such thing as a collective mind, a collective conscience, a collective decision, a collective human body, it is an absolute truth that there cannot be a collective punishment that would be just . . . . This is a 'must read' book for our time." --Ruben Lackman, bismarcktribune.com "Though Merten's account does take sides in an argument, his scholarly tone, the materials he employs, and his explicit denials of any intention to equate the fate of the expellees to the Jews in the Holocaust, and/or to relativize the Holocaust, suggests strongly that he is open to further discussion about the character of the expellees. As such this is a sound and level-headed introduction for Americans." --John Flynn, professor emeritus, Sewanee: The University of the South

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