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German Revanchism, Incl. Myth of 2 Million German Expellee Dead

Jan Paczkis|Monday, August 17, 2009

The list author says: "Revisionism: A form of Holocaust denial is the invention of a nonexistent '2 million expellee (Vertriebene) genocide' to confuse the German-made one. In recent years, there has been an increasing tendency for Germans to rewrite history as victims instead of perpetrators of Nazism, to relativize German and non-German conduct during the Holocaust (as in a notorious DER SPIEGEL article), and for certain Germans to find the audacity to demand 'reparations' payments from Poland.


German Revanchism, Incl. Myth of 2 Million German Expellee Dead

The list author says: "Revisionism: A form of Holocaust denial is the invention of a nonexistent '2 million expellee (Vertriebene) genocide' to confuse the German-made one. In recent years, there has been an increasing tendency for Germans to rewrite history as victims instead of perpetrators of Nazism, to relativize German and non-German conduct during the Holocaust (as in a notorious DER SPIEGEL article), and for certain Germans to find the audacity to demand 'reparations' payments from Poland.

All this time, it is forgotten that the expulsions of eastern Germans and (especially forgotten) the simultaneous expulsions of Poles from prewar eastern Poland, were the products of Churchill-Roosevelt-Stalin secret agreements. Not only Germans, but also Poles, were never consulted--only unilaterally deprived of their centuries-old domiciles. Poland suffered a net loss of territory. If the Germans were expelled as collective punishment for Nazism, or for being on the losing side of the war, then what was Poland, and the Polish expellees, being punished for?

A gift to Poland? Hardly. The Soviets wanted Germany relocated as far west as possible for strategic reasons, and to create a frontier settlement so odious to Germany that Poles would "forever" be dependent on the Soviet Union to defend it.

The German civilians who died as the result of mostly-Soviet revenge atrocities should not be confused with the many more who died earlier—during the German-ordered westward evacuation of eastern German civilians (notably women, children, and elderly), in the brutal winter of 1944/1945, ahead of the Red Army.

According to German historian Rudiger Overmans, only about 100,000 German civilians perished during the subsequent Soviet-Puppet-Polish-Communist-Government-directed expulsions themselves. Let's put the latter figure in perspective. The Germans easily matched this total of just Polish civilians killed during just the first few weeks of WWII.
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