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DPs: Europe's Displaced Persons, 1945-51 [Paperback]

by Mark Wyman
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June 18, 1998 0801485428 978-0801485428 1
"Wyman's book is the only one that comprehensively, and sensitively, depicts the plight of the postwar refugees in Western Europe."—M. Mark Stolarik, University of Ottawa "This is a fascinating and very moving book."—International Migration Review "Wyman has written a highly readable account of the movement of diverse ethnic and cultural groups of Europe's displaced persons, 1945-1951. An analysis of the social, economic, and political circumstances within which relocation, resettlement, and repatriation of millions of people occurred, this study is equally a study in diplomacy, in international relations, and in social history. . . . A vivid and compassionate recreation of the events and circumstances within which displaced persons found themselves, of the strategies and means by which people survived or did not, and an account of the major powers in response to an unprecedented human crisis mark this as an important book."—Choice "Wyman interviewed some eighty DPs as well as employees of various agencies who served them; he cites a broad range of published primary sources, secondary sources, and some archival material. . . . This book presents a useful overview and should stimulate further research."—Journal of American Ethnic History

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This is a fascinating and very moving book."—International Migration Review

"Wyman has written a highly readable account of the movement of diverse ethnic and cultural groups of Europe's displaced persons, 1945-1951. An analysis of the social, economic, and political circumstances within which relocation, resettlement, and repatriation of millions of people occurred, this study is equally a study in diplomacy, in international relations, and in social history. . . . A vivid and compassionate recreation of the events and circumstances within which displaced persons found themselves, of the strategies and means by which people survived or did not, and an account of the major powers in response to an unprecedented human crisis mark this as an important book."—Choice

"Wyman interviewed some eighty DPs as well as employees of various agencies who served them; he cites a broad range of published primary sources, secondary sources, and some archival material. . . . This book presents a useful overview and should stimulate further research."—Journal of American Ethnic History

"Wyman's book is the only one that comprehensively, and sensitively, depicts the plight of the postwar refugees in Western Europe."—M. Mark Stolarik, University of Ottawa

"The book presents a picture of moving humanity, with frequent scenes of chaos, so a short review cannot give justice to these complexities."—George Suboczewski, Polish Library News. February/March 2001

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (June 18, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801485428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801485428
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #542,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best. February 11, 1999
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DPs: Europe's Displaced Persons, 1945-1951 is one of the best written history books about a time often ignored by most authors.
Mark Wyman uses a unique approach that covers all sides involved in the years after World War II, a very traumatic, complex time.
Reading this book it becomes easier to see why so many scars remain for so many people years after the fact.
This book made me cry, it made me remember, it helped me understand myself so I may heal my own DP scars.
For anyone interested in this time of history, this book is a must read.
This book can also help expand understanding and social consciousness of the reader.
It is easy to read, easy to follow and a great social contribution.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Necessary reading February 8, 2009
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The post-war period from the point of view of the DPs is a point of view not typically presented, and one I feel is important to understand. So often we Americans view immigrants as tired, poor, huddled masses with head lice and heavy accents. It's important to understand where they came from, and how and why they got here. This book attempts to give those answers.

I agree with Daina, this is an excellent book. It provides a historical perspective on a period of time my parents refused to talk about. They went through it, I asked them about it, but I only got a few stories and some photos taken by my aunt. I can still only speculate, but at least this book gave me insight into what it might have been like for them. An incredible journey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life at last! November 9, 2013
By milena
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After WW2 thousand of Displaced Persons , were living in camps in Germany. I met some of them and I wanted to find out more about their life in Germany.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on a forgotten topic April 18, 2013
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I recommend this book to those interested in World War II, ethnic history, and refugee issues. Most Americans are not aware of this particular group of immigrants, what they experienced during and after the war. When Americans were returning to the US after Germany's defeat, the DPs were still in the war for another five to six years. This also reveals the tragedy of the US alliance with the Soviet Union, which these people were fleeing from.
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