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Jan 18, 2010 @ 19:24:26
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.
Jan 18, 2010 @ 19:26:11
Thank you. If you have any pictures or notes that you are willing to share, I would be honored to publish them here.
Jul 26, 2010 @ 01:33:02
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.
Jul 26, 2010 @ 06:58:22
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:
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.
Kenneth W. Milano
Nov 20, 2010 @ 09:26:16
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.
Nov 20, 2010 @ 09:31:23
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.
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Nov 20, 2010 @ 10:23:38
[...] Photo Galleries of the German Expulsions [...]
Nov 20, 2010 @ 10:37:15
Fantastic job! You have performed a most valuable service. Thank you.
Feb 10, 2011 @ 09:24:20
I’m confused; who was doing the expelling and which groups were expelled? thanks.
Feb 10, 2011 @ 09:53:55
Hi Peggy… here’s the material you seek: http://www.many-roads.com/key-topics/vertriebenen/
Feb 27, 2011 @ 11:42:12
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:
Feb 27, 2011 @ 11:58:26
Hi Phil, Thank you. I will add these for others to view and share. …mark
Paul Morris Hilton
Aug 13, 2013 @ 06:47:08
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.