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TitleGermans from the East [electronic resource] : A Study of Their Migration, Resettlement and Subsequent Group History, Since 1945 / edited by Hans W. Schoenberg
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1970
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Descript XVIII, 366 p. online resource


Who, in 1945 and 1946, could have foreseen that the economic and social integration of the millions of Germans from the East expelled into West Germany after Wodd War II would largely be accomplished in a few years? And, who could have foreseen that many years after this accomplishment the political repercussions of the expulsions would go on? Yet, surprisingly enough, this is what has happened. In 1969, as usual, the major issues of the federal election campaign in West Germany hardly reflect any specific economic and social concerns of the expellees, not even those bruited about by the NPD (N ationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands). At the same time, howยญ ever, all the political parties vying in the campaign, with the exception of the newly founded, less influentialDKP (the new German Commuยญ nist Party), pay considerable deference to the political interests of the expellees in the German question. Whether these interests represent the opinion of most of the expellees and whether the expellee associยญ ations in fact speak for many voters is another matter. Why are these questions rarely posed? Why, despite the economic and social integration of the expellees, do the East German Homeยญ land Provincial Societies - the Landsmannschaften - retain much influence? The explanation of this phenomenon becomes increasingly clear if one reads the intelligent and superbly documented analysis by Hans Schoenberg


I. Forced Migrations in Modern History: An Introduction -- A. โ{128}{156}Century of the Homeless Manโ{128}{157} -- B. Scope and Approach -- C. General Background -- II. Background, Flight and Expulsions of East Germans and Ethnic Germans -- A. German Settlements in East Europe -- B. 1914 to 1942: Changes and Plans -- C. The Westward Flight: 1943 to 1945 -- E. Reasons and Reactions -- F. Summary and Conclusions -- III. Resettlement and Integration -- A. Reception -- B. Policy under the Allies -- C. Policy under the Bonn Government -- D. Summary and Conclusions -- IV. Expellee Organizations -- A. Origins -- B. State and National Organizations -- C. The Homeland Provincial Movement -- D. Expansion of the Movement -- E. Conclusions -- V. Political Aims of the Expellees -- A. Common Tenets -- B. Homeland Provincial Claims -- C. Assertion of German Rights -- D. Summary, Reactions and Conclusions -- VI. The West German Public -- A. Policy Positions -- B. Positions Outside the Government -- General Summary and Conclusions -- Postscript -- Tables and Illustrations -- Index of Persons

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