Flucht und Vertreibung (Gallery)

VerfuegungThis image gallery contains photos of the German Expulsion from “the East”. Some of the images are disturbing and may not be well suited for young children. Should you notice any problems with respect to time, place, information or copyright with these photos, please inform me so that I may rectify things immediately.

The following link describes a bit about why this gallery appears on ManyRoads as well as our thoughts on Ethnic Expulsion: On the “Vertreibung”, Expulsions, and Hope

Across the years, many of our ancestors (Rabideau & Henss alike) have been expelled, persecuted and “driven out or away” because of their beliefs or ethnicity. Rabideau & Henss forebears have been:

  • Imprisoned for 5 1/2 years and driven from Wales for being Quakers (1600s)
  • “Exported” to the New World from France as “wives for the colonists” because they were Orphans and/or Poor (1600s)
  • Driven from England for being Puritans (1600s)
  • Expelled from Switzerland for being Mennonites (1700s)
  • Forced from the Palatinate for being Mennonites (1700s)
  • Driven from France for being Mennonites and refusing military conscription (1800s)
  • Forced to leave Bas Canada because they were poor, spoke French and there was no place for them in an English Canada (1840-1850s)
  • Expelled from Prussia and imprisoned in Russian Gulags for being German (1940s)

The Vertreibung of post-World War 2 Germany is particularly recent and it is the only expulsion for which we have a large photographic log. We maintain and share these photos so that we may remind the world of the pain of expulsion and intolerance.

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In honor of all those who have suffered, or currently suffer, expulsion, intolerance, and persecution we offer these photos with the hope that peace and tolerance will prevail. To quote Thich Nhat Hanh:

The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital […] of human actions.

N.B: Anyone who is willing & able to assist me in sorting or identifying the images more is encouraged to contact me directly via email: (genealogy@many-roads.com .

Please contact me if you have any additional Vertreibung images from 1944-1950 to share.

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  1. Frank
    18 January, 2010 @ 7:24 pm

    Hello Mark – I am one of those young kids that you see in the photographs.

    We were on the trains in 1946 and I remember it well.

    I was recently asked to deliver a talk on the Sudeten-German expulsion in Cleveland and I could have used some of those pictures.

    Great stuff.

  2. Mark Rabideau
    18 January, 2010 @ 7:26 pm

    Hi Frank,

    Thank you. If you have any pictures or notes that you are willing to share, I would be honored to publish them here.


  3. aneesah ingrid
    26 July, 2010 @ 1:33 am

    hello Mark –
    i have looking over your blog and am in awe and deeply moved. my mother would be one of those young women in any of the pictures you have. her family was expelled from the Sudetenland at the wars end. I was a product from a ‘friendship’ in the refugee camp before moving on when they could find housing. i was placed in an orphanage and adopted by Americans – like so many children after the war.
    i know, or think i know that this is your family – but would you know how i can locate other family names – like my family? just wondering.
    thanks for your work on this – very moving.

  4. Mark Rabideau
    26 July, 2010 @ 6:58 am

    Hello Aneesah,

    My mother’s family was expelled from West Prussia… my grandmother sent to one of Stalin’s Gulags (most of the highlights are to be found here:
    http://many-roads.com/category/families/senger-family/ ).

    As for your search, I’d try contacting the German Red Cross Tracing Service to see if they can help (http://www.drk-suchdienst.eu/content/categoryshow.php?CatID=2&lang=de ). They are the group that provided me with the breakthrough on my Oma’s story (see: http://many-roads.com/2010/01/23/frieda-senger-suchdienst-soviet-records/ )

    Good luck in your search! Please, contact me via email if I can be of further assistance.

  5. Kenneth W. Milano
    20 November, 2010 @ 9:26 am

    Like you, I was not aware of the German Expulsions. They were never taught to us. It was only later in life when I came across Zayas book on Nemisis of Potsdam and he dedicated it to Golancz that I began to study this horrible chapter of the war. In college I had a WWII course with Prof. Russell Weigley, a military historian. My paper for the course was about the Expulsion. If you like, I can send you a copy. It is not super scholarly, but does cover the field (there were not many books on it). Ken Milano
    P.S. My mother is German, but her family has been in America since the mid-19th Century.

  6. Mark Rabideau
    20 November, 2010 @ 9:31 am

    Hi Ken,
    I would be very pleased to publish your paper here (my work is not very scholarly… hopefully simply human). I grew up knowing about the Expulsion and it has become more personal as my mother has aged. Her memories of ‘home’ are the strongest she has (at 87) and the pain of the loss of her home is extraordinarily deep.

  7. Schaitberger
    20 November, 2010 @ 10:37 am

    Fantastic job! You have performed a most valuable service. Thank you.

  8. peggy hoffmann
    10 February, 2011 @ 9:24 am

    I’m confused; who was doing the expelling and which groups were expelled? thanks.

  9. Mark Rabideau
    10 February, 2011 @ 9:53 am

    Hi Peggy… here’s the material you seek: http://www.many-roads.com/key-topics/vertriebenen/

  10. Phil
    27 February, 2011 @ 11:42 am

    Hi Mark,

    I am a Gerontologist conducing a Master’s thesis on life review. My topic is “Flight, Expulsion, and Displacement of Ethnic Germans at the End of World War II”.

    You have a great collection of information and photos on this website. I just want to add two things:

    1. The Expelled Germans Research Site – Academic History Article with lots of contextual information:

    2. The Forgotten Genocide – a 78 min long documentary film from St. Louis:


  11. Mark Rabideau
    27 February, 2011 @ 11:58 am

    Hi Phil, Thank you. I will add these for others to view and share. …mark

  12. Paul Morris Hilton
    13 August, 2013 @ 6:47 am

    Mark, I am a Canadian from New Brunswick. I remember watching the trains carrying the German Prisoners who were interred in Camps in Nova Scotia. I was born in November of 1939 and I was just 2 -3 years old at the time of my watching these events.. I di not really understand what I was watching a the time. I have read many books by former Canadian an British POWS who went through their own HELL. Several good friends whom I knew (now deceased) were overseas and were captured by the Germans and in some cases the Russians and Japanese. Thank you so much for opening these doors to our HISTORY. Sincerely, Paul Morris Hilton. PS. At the time I did not understand what was happening.

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