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Marianne Drews´ memory about German expulsions
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Stefan Chwin´s memory about Polish expulsions
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German and Polish Expulsion 1944 –1948



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Potsdam Agreement, August 1945
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Poland before and after the Second World War



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Polish experience of forced migration



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German expellees from Slesia, 1946
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German refugees in a camp in Germany, 1945
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GERMAN AND POLISH EXPULSIONS AND FLIGHT IN THE 1940S


After the Second World War, flight, displacement and forced re-settlement led to one of the biggest migration movements in the history of Europe.

In Europe, Poland and Germany were particularly affected. When the Polish borders were shifted west in 1945, millions of Polish and Germans had to leave their regional home:
The Poles from the east region of Poland, which belonged to the Soviet Union, were resettled in the west, in the formerly German regions that had now been handed over to Poland.
The German population was then displaced from there, in as much as they had not already fled from the approaching Red Army, and were replaced by Polish new settlers, most of whom were resettling after losing their regional home in East Poland.

The former Breslau, now Wroclaw, is exemplary for the Polish and German flight, forced migration, displacement and forced resettlement: What was formerly the largest German city east of Berlin became Wroclaw, a city in west Poland.
The loss of their regional home affected the lives of both the German and Polish displaced and resettled people for a long time to come.

Anne von Oswald, Netzwerk Migration in Europa e.V.

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