This 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.
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. Our 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.
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: ([email protected] – Note: Because the email address is encoded, you will need to open email and type the email address). Please contact me if you have any additional Vertreibung images from 1944-1950 to share. Should you prefer to contribute to this effort financially, we welcome your donation.