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A Terrible Revenge, Second Edition, Fully Revised and Updated: The Ethnic Cleansing of the East European Germans Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-1403973085 ISBN-10: 1403973083 Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2nd edition (May 11, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403973083
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403973085
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the first edition:
"De Zayas has uncovered testimony in German and American archives detailing these atrocities, adding a new chapter to the annals of human cruelty. His carefully documented book serves as a reminder that many different peoples have been subjected to ethnic cleansing."--Publishers Weekly
"DeZayas's moving plea is that one's home should be a human right. As frontiers once more shift in Eastern Europe, he could hardly have chosen a better moment to deliver it."--The Times (London)

About the Author

Alfred-Maurice de Zayas has been visiting Professor of International Law at the Universities of British Columbia (Vancouver), DePaul (Chicago), Trier (Germany), Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales (Geneva), Académie Internationale de droit constitutionnel (Tunis), and Universidad de Alcala de Henares (Madrid). A retired senior lawyer with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, he currently teaches full time at the Geneva School of Diplomacy. For fifteen years he was President of the United Nations Society of Writers and today is President of PEN International, Centre Suisse romande.

Customer Reviews

It makes the book hard to read in places.
catwoman
What's good about it is simply that it is a true account of terrible and cruel actions taken against ethnic German civilians toward the end and after the war.
T. McLaughlin
The book is balanced and has dozens of first-person accounts as well as archive material.
Ragnar Schuett

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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Ragnar Schuett on April 2, 2009
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This book covers a part of history that many either do not know or would prefer to forget, in this case the forced expulsion of Ethnic Germans from Eastern Europe in the months following the end the World War Two. The book is balanced and has dozens of first-person accounts as well as archive material. It is a heartbreaking read. Highly recommended for those with any interest in human rights and opposing war crimes or crimes against humanity.
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This is an exceptionally well researched book. This history and review of available facts of an untold part of history placed stories I had heard from German refugees while I was a child growing up in West Germany after the war in a clear perspective. The descriptions of historical facts and review of sequence of events at the end of the war have brought more clarity than ever to the questions many of us children have asked ourselves. We were the generation who was not told the whole truth about the terrible atrocities German civilians suffered because they were declared guilty by nationality and birth. It is a good thing to have the truth spoken, especially so if it is presented with a good foundation of facts and excerpts from archives as in this book. The witness acoounts are terrifying and heartbreaking. There has never been justice or recourse for these victims, many of whom have immigrated to Canada and the U.S. and quietly integrated themselves into their newly adopted countries' cultures. It also explains the necessity of crisis centres in the big cities of West Germany designed to assist survivors plagued by the images and traumatic memories they were trying so hard to forget. This is a story that has never been told and was well written and presented in this book. Perhaps some day it will be permitted to be presented to a broader audience...although personally, I won't hold my breath: A nation declared guilty by race and birth, women, children, the innocent, resistance fighters, and ordinary soldiers doing their job of defending as ordered by their country without committing any crimes alike, Germans have been the perfect image for everything dark and evil in the past and present. That projected image is simply too convenient to give up.Read more ›
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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Erik Gfesser VINE VOICE on August 2, 2008
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It is difficult to express how much the reading of this book would have provided understanding during my formative years as immediate family members shared first-hand accounts of their trials in former Yugoslavia. Unfortunately, history such as that presented in this work has only started to trickle into the mainstream. Regardless of the fact that the vast majority of East European ethnic Germans discussed here had no connections with or sympathy for the political establishment of the state of Germany during World War II, the problem is that much of what has been associated with Germany in subsequent years is tied to the fact that Germany lost the war to the Allies. While I highly recommend "Barefoot in the Rubble" and "German Boy" (see my reviews for these books), the difference with this work is that it lays out much of the history behind the ethnic cleansing of East European Germans. In addition, rather than focusing on a single individual or a small group of individuals, "A Terrible Revenge" shares dozens of accounts, including excerpts from official reports, along with footnotes. In addition, the appendix to this book shares high-level quantitative population tabulations for the 1939 to 1950 time period that help underscore the great losses of ethnic Germans outside of Germany. A warning to those who are considering to read this book: many horrors of life during the five year period following World War II are shared, including vivid accounts of rapes and the manners in which individuals were murdered by the hoards of Soviet armies that descended upon the Germans of East Europe. While my initial interest in reading this text revolved around its discussion of Donauschwabens (Danube Swabians), many more ethnic Germans were affected.Read more ›
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Michael Santomauro on March 9, 2011
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From the European and American media, one can often get the impression that World War II needs to be periodically resurrected to give credibility to financial demands of one specific ethnic group, at the expense of others. The civilian deaths of the war's losing side are, for the most part, glossed over. Standard historiography of World War II is routinely based on a sharp and polemical distinction between the "ugly" fascists who lost, and the "good" anti-fascists who won, and few scholars are willing to inquire into the gray ambiguity in between. Even as the events of that war become more distant in time, they seemingly become more politically useful and timely as myths.

We hear a lot about terrible crimes committed by Germans during World War II, but we hear very little about crimes committed against Germans. Germany's defeat in May 1945, and the end of World War II in Europe, did not bring an end to death and suffering for the vanquished German people. Instead the victorious Allies ushered in a horrible new era of destruction, looting, starvation, rape, "ethnic cleansing," and mass killing --one that Time magazine called "history's most terrifying peace."

Even though this "Unknown Holocaust" is ignored in our motion pictures and classrooms, and by our political leaders, the facts are well established. Historians are in basic agreement about the scale of the human catastrophe, which has been laid out in a number of detailed books. This is the BEST book on the subject. A must read in conjunction with: DEBATING THE HOLOCAUST: A New Look At Both Sides by Thomas Dalton.
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