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The Wild Place

4.45  ·  Rating Details  ·  11 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
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
275 pages
Published 1953 by Brown Little
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Elizabeth
Nov 24, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
The Wild Place is Kathryn Hulme's account of the 5 years (1945 - 1950) she spent as an administrator at several camps for displaced persons (DPs) in Germany after WWII ended. It is a book that I wish more people could read, but due to estate problems, it has been out of print for ages. And since its publication run in 1953 was fairly limited, there aren't a lot of used copies floating around either. It's an absolute shame, because Hulme was a magnificent writer (the book won the Atlantic Monthly ...more
David Hill
Oct 04, 2011 David Hill rated it really liked it
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
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Marci
May 05, 2010 Marci rated it it was amazing
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
Vivian
Mar 09, 2012 Vivian rated it really liked it
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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
Lawrence
May 27, 2015 Lawrence rated it really liked it
This book had a brief burst of popularity when it was published in the early 1950s, but remains a historical document and an engaging first person account of the Displaced Persons camps post WWII. The camp in question is Wildflecken, a Nazi army barracks which held about 20,000 Polish DPs when Hulme arrives in 1945 as deputy director of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation mission to the facility.
Carolyn
Jul 21, 2011 Carolyn rated it really liked it
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...
Shalva
Dec 13, 2012 Shalva rated it it was amazing
post WWII,DP camps,Red Cross,Wildflecken,Germany
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