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A Terrible Revenge by Alfred-Maurice de Zayas
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Mar 07, 08

bookshelves: europeanhistory
Recommended to Aaron by: Nameeta Mathur
Recommended for: Everyone
Read in March, 2008

Sickening accounts of the expulsions of Germans from their ancestral lands in Eastern Europe during and following World War II.

Several dozen firsthand accounts paint a picture of another holocaust: that of ethnic Germans who were deported, enslaved, raped and murdered by Russians, Czechs, Yugoslavs and Poles during the Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe.

The first person account of Frau Neumann, who lived in a Prussian town in modern-day Kalingrad, is one of the most disturbing, hellish, and bestial things I've ever read, and one of the most profound.

The book also details Allied complicity in the expulsion of ethnic Germans from their homes and businesses. Millions of German people endured their own trail of tears - upon which several hundred thousand died - as they were deported to Germany from their ancient lands in Eastern Europe.

It's an unforgiving experience, reading account after account after account of such horrors. Disgusting.
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