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  1. Orderly and Humane: The Expulsion of the Germans after the Second World War
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  2. Orderly and Humane: The Expulsion of the Germans after the Second World War

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Immediately after the Second World War, the victorious Allies authorized and helped to carry out the forced relocation of German speakers from their homes across central and southern Europe to Germany. The numbers were almost unimaginable—between 12,000,000 and 14,000,000 civilians, most of them women and children—and the losses horrifying—at least 500,000 people, and perhaps many more, died while detained in former concentration camps, while locked in trains en route, or after arriving in Germany exhausted, malnourished, and homeless. This book is the first in any language to tell the full story of this immense man-made catastrophe.

Based mainly on archival records of the countries that carried out the forced migrations and of the international humanitarian organizations that tried but failed to prevent the disastrous results, Orderly and Humane: The Expulsion of the Germans after the Second World War is an authoritative and objective account. It examines an aspect of European history that few have wished to confront, exploring how the expulsions were conceived, planned, and executed and how their legacy reverberates throughout central Europe today. The book is an important study of the largest recorded episode of what we now call "ethnic cleansing," and it may also be the most significant untold story of the Second World War.

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R. M. Douglas
1st Edition, 1st Printing
Yale University Press
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R. M. Douglas’ “Orderly and Humane” was an eye opener to a piece of history no one acknowledges or talks about. Unfortunately, it is a part of history that challenged one’s character and moral integrity, and the people who had the power and responsibility to ensure that it was carried out within a humane manner, FAILED. Having recently read a number of books about Germany during and after the war, it certainly portrayed a different story then the usual histories. I would recommend that everyone read it and try to relate what is happening today to the plight of the Sudetendeutsche. It did, however, disturb me to learn that some of the people we hold in high esteem didn’t have the moral character to halt the expulsions. I believe Mr. Douglas deserves a great deal of respect and praise for having the courage to write the book.
Orderly and Humane is an account of the ethnic cleansing of Germans from Eastern and Central Europe following World War II. Douglas points out the almost total neglect of this subject in modern accounts of German history. He cites Mary Fulbrook’s History of Germany 1918-2008 which “disposes of the episode in a single uninformative paragraph.” He points out this massive catastrophe took place in full view of tens of thousands of journalists, diplomats and relief workers from countries with free presses and it aroused little interest. He provides the reasons for this neglect. For American progressive historians “it invites scrutiny of the complicity of their leaders and people in one of the largest episodes of mass human rights abuses in modern history.” These people would much rather discuss the Atlantic Charter, the Marshall Plan and various UN declarations. Douglas points out the dangers of covering this episode. There is a fear that this... Read more
“Orderly and Humane” was extraordinary for me since I was one of those small children who, along with my 4 siblings, my mother and grandmother, were forced out of our home in a German enclave in Poland in December 1944, walking westward in the bitterest winter. Since I was a young child, I have no memory of any of what we went through, but remember my mother speaking about it in later years. Even though my family left before the expulsions, I can fully empathize with what the expellees went through.
The book was very eye-opening, informative, well researched, and difficult for me to read. I am very happy to see that the author had the courage to educate the world as to what happened to the innocent Germans being expelled from Eastern Europe under the blind eyes of the Allies. It amazed me to learn how many millions of people died during the expulsion by starvation, freezing, torture and out-right murder. It was very unfortunate that the Allies did not hold up to... Read more
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