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Kathryn Hulme
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The Wild Place

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Operation Humanity
They came to the former storm troopers' camp packed into cattle cars. They were the human reckage of World War II - the displaced persons.

Waiting to receive them was a handful of workers dedicated to one of humanity's most gigantic tasks - the resettlement of more than two million people without a country
Published 1953 by Brown Little
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David Hill
I very nearly started this off by saying the book tells the untold story of the disposition of displaced persons in the aftermath of WWII. Clearly, the story has been told. This, then, is the forgotten story of what happened to many hundreds of thousands of people in the months and years after the war.

This is one telling of the story of the largest planned mass migration in history and how that migration was affected by the fall of the iron curtain, the creation of Israel, the start of the Korea...more
This book is amazing. Kathryn Hulme was part of the United Nations team to go into Europe immediately upon the close of World War Two and try to take care of millions of displaced persons. She was in charge of a huge camp in Bavaria, and then she moved into other management positions as the effort dragged on and this entity or that changed its involvement, while she and her co-workers simply changed hats to stick with the job. Putting the politics aside, they stayed to the bitter end, trying to...more
What was the story of the 2 million people Hitler had shipped in to run the war factories AFTER the close of WWII? This true account, told through the eyes of the Deputy Director of Wildflecken (meaning in German a place of wild beauty--built originally as a retreat for Hitler's elite ski troops and S.S. and then transformed to a refuge for 20,000 "displaced persons"--mostly Polish, while arrangements were made for their "repatriation" to their homeland)as a volunteer working under the auspices...more
This is one of those books that kills me as a writer. It's the true story of Hulme's experiences as a UN worker in the displaced persons camps of German after WWII, and it won the Atlantic award for non-fiction when it was published. It's a fascinating look into a rather untold piece of WWII history, well-written, with lively characters and fantastic places. And now it's out of print...
post WWII,DP camps,Red Cross,Wildflecken,Germany
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