The list author says: "Revisionism: A form of Holocaust denial is the invention of a nonexistent '2 million expellees (Vertriebene) genocide' to confuse the real German-made one. In recent years, there has been an increasing tendency for Germans to rewrite history as victims instead of perpetrators of Nazism, to relativize German and non-German conduct during the Holocaust (as in a notorious DER SPIEGEL article), and for certain Germans to find the audacity to demand 'reparations' payments from Poland.
All this time, it is forgotten that the expulsions of eastern Germans and (especially forgotten) the simultaneous expulsions of Poles from prewar eastern Poland, were the products of Churchill-Roosevelt-Stalin secret agreements. Not only Germans, but also Poles, were never consulted--only unilaterally deprived of their centuries-old domiciles. Poland suffered a net loss of territory. If the Germans were expelled as collective punishment for Nazism, or for being on the losing side of the war, then what was Poland, and the Polish expellees, being punished for?
A gift to Poland? Hardly. The Soviets wanted Germany relocated as far west as possible for strategic reasons, and to create a frontier settlement so odious to Germany that Poles would "forever" be dependent on the Soviet Union to defend it.
The German civilians who died as the result of mostly-Soviet revenge atrocities should not be confused with the many more who died earlierÂduring the German-ordered westward evacuation of eastern German civilians (notably women, children, and elderly), in the brutal winter of 1944/1945, ahead of the Red Army.
According to German historian Rudiger Overmans, only about 100,000 German civilians perished during the subsequent Soviet-Puppet-Polish-Communist-Government-directed expulsions themselves. Let's put the latter figure in perspective. The Germans easily matched this total of just Polish civilians killed during just the first few weeks of WWII. . ."
"A recent DER SPIEGEL article has fallaciously argued that non-Germans bear partial responsibility for the Holocaust. Actually, the Holocaust was a uniquely German invention. Previous European anti-Semitism, locals' anti-Semitism, collaboration, and church teachings were irrelevant to the degree of German success in killing local Jews. German intensity governed this."
"Title: RESETTLINGS, EXPULSIONS, AND ESCAPES 1939-1959. The German expellees own no monopoly on loss of domiciles. It is often forgotten that simultaneously there were millions of POLISH expellees (from the Kresy--prewar eastern Poland). (see the detailed English-language Peczkis review)."
"Examines the wildly-contradictory claimed German expellee deaths (0.8--3.2 million), and, based solely on German sources, points to the hundreds of thousands of German civilians who died during the German-ordered evacuation taking place in the bitterly cold winter of 1944/1945."
"THE REVENGE OF THE VICTIMS: GERMANS IN CAMPS IN POLAND 1944-1950. German scholar examines the post-WWII Germans who perished at the hands of Poles and Jews (mostly Communists). The death toll was 100 times smaller than that claimed by German revisionists. (see my review)."
"Nowadays, there's been a revival of old Nazi propaganda that blamed 'Polish intransigence' (over such things as refusal to give up the Corridor, Danzig (Gdansk)) for 'starting WWII'. Smokescreens! Actually, Hitler had planned a war of conquest (lebensraum) against the Slavic east, described in MEIN KAMPF, long before assuming power. See Peczkis review."
"Jewish-American author Jack Sack discusses the little-known fact that very many Jews served as officers of the hated Communist security forces (UB) in the Soviet-imposed puppet government of Poland, and played a major role in the revenge killings of remaining German civilians."
"Those who complain about the post-WWII German expellees forget that there were also millions of post-WWII Polish expellees, from the Kresy at the hands of the Soviets, and that these Polish expellees did not have an easy time either. See the Peczkis review."
"According to German scholar Rudiger Overmans, 400,000 Germans died from all non-military causes in postwar-boundary Poland. (His study itself estimates 200,000 deaths from the German-ordered evacuation, 120,000 from revenge atrocities by Soviets, and 100,000 deaths from postwar Soviet-puppet-Polish-Communist-government-sponsored incarcerations and expulsions of remaining Germans.)"
"Discusses the different stages during which the German population was removed from the German territories given to Poland after Poland's eastern half had been annexed permanently by the Soviet Union."
"Eyewitness Lev Kopolev describes the conduct of the Red Army upon its entry into East Prussia. However, the fact of Soviet revenge atrocities against German civilians should not be equated with the bogus claim that 2 million German civilians lost their lives as a result of such acts."
"An early-postwar collection of the accounts of German expellees, first published in English in 1950. It is obvious that neither Russians nor Poles were unilaterally vindictive, and that atrocities against German civilians were of a sporadic nature."
"A collection of German eyewitness (and hearsay) accounts of Red Army atrocities against German civilians. These acts were clearly of an unorganized nature, and mostly conducted by individuals or small groups of soldiers."
"About 7,000 German civilian evacuees perished in the icy waters of the Baltic Sea when the overcrowded WILHELM GUSTLOFF was sunk by Soviet torpedoes. This may well be the greatest maritime disaster in history. [Let's keep things in perspective: The Germans evacuated sick Polish prisoners from Stutthof concentration camp and drowned them in the icy Baltic Sea during this time]."
"Title: THE GERMAN FEINT AND HITLERITE CRIMES AT BYDGOSZCZ [Bromberg] IN THE LIGHT OF THE EVENTS OF SEPTEMBER 3, 1939. To this day, Goebbels' lie about 60,000 German civilians killed by Poles is sometimes repeated, and the existence of German fifth-column activity is denied. What actually happened?"
"Nowadays, "Nazi" and "German" are commonly dichotomized. Actually, the Germans engaged in Nazi-like behavior for centuries before Hitler. And it involved deceit no less than brute force and cruelty. Read on..."
"Hitler successfully blamed the Versailles accords for Germany's problems, and they are, to this day, sometimes invoked as an excuse for his rise to power. But were the Versailles accords unduly harsh or unprecedented? Read the Peczkis review."
"The post-WWII Morgenthau Plan has been misrepresented as a veiled genocidal campaign against Germans, involving the tool of mass starvation caused by de-industrialization. Actually, Morgenthau had examined and long debunked the Germans-will-starve argument. (see the detailed Peczkis review)."
"In 1983, a German newspaper published an article charging Polish soldiers with shooting wounded Germans after taking Monte Cassino. Robert Frettlohr, a surviving German eyewitness, spoke up and debunked it. (See Peczkis review: August 29, 2006)."