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This short learn of the 1945 expulsion of German populations from Eastern-Central and japanese Europe doesn't in any way fake to be an entire and exhaustive research of an issue so sizeable, complicated and arguable. furthermore, it really is selective: in facing the reception of the expellees it specializes in West Germany, which even though so much generally concerned, is however just one of the numerous international locations suffering from the exodus. but the author feels that even through proposing slightly the funda­ mentals he can nonetheless wish to make a few contribution to a box which -at least within the English talking international - is way from being explored, analyzed and evaluated. His focus on West Germany has been motivated through elements. First, this is often the a part of the previous Reich that's so much instantly stricken by the move. moment, due to this involvement it really is in West Germany that documentation and literature at the query are such a lot large. certainly, to acquire right info and knowledge from these international locations in the Soviet orbit that are in anyway associated with the matter is tough and every now and then even most unlikely. For seen purposes, in those international locations curiosity is situated, and fairly understandably, now not at the expulsion of the Germans, yet fairly at the move, dispersion, and annihilation in their personal peoples below the Nazi conquest, occasions, which, in flip, many Germans wish to preserve forgotten.

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1 (see p. 16). 4. The German Guilt Complex and Revision In looking for motives which made the authorities of the Federal Republic act as they did, the analyst is bound to come across 1 In this connection note the fact that the first and second generation of the Greek transferees, who came to Greece from Turkey under the Greco-Turkish compulsory population exchange agreement of 1923 (and also from Bulgaria and the Soviet Union), played a disproportionately extensive role in the Communist camp during the Greek civil war which took place in the wake of World War II.

A most noteworthy aspect of the settlement in question was 1 Note in this connection that in 1960 the gross national product expressed in United States dollars per head of population amounted to $1,047 in the Federal Republic of Germany and $2,527 in the United States. Private consumption per head was $705 in the Federal Republic, $1,773 in the United States. 30 SOCIO-ECONOMIC INTEGRATION IN WEST GERMANY this: In neither of the two Gennanies were the newcomers used as pawns for diplomatic bargaining and blackmail.

Among its many bearings on international issues, of which more will be said later in connection with international law, peace and security (see Chapters VII, VIII, and IX), we find one that affects the national economies of numerous foreign countries. The states concerned are the industrialized countries of the West, among them, not in the last place, the United States. They feel the effects of the presence of expellees in West Germany in a rather curious and unexpected way. e. the extraordinary force with which that land has stressed for some years the export of its manufactured goods.

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