The Forgotten Tragedy: The Post-World War II Expulsion of Germans

TLDR The post-World War II expulsions of ethnic Germans, the largest forced migration in history, resulted in millions of deaths and atrocities, yet this tragic event remains largely unknown and forgotten in history. Approximately 14 million ethnic Germans were forcibly expelled from European countries, with little opposition or recognition of the suffering they endured.

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00:00 The post-World War II German expulsions were the largest single forced migration of people in human history, resulting in millions of deaths and yet remain largely unknown.
02:05 The post-World War II German expulsions occurred after VE Day and affected ethnic Germans who had settled in various countries in Eastern Europe, including Russia.
03:33 During World War II, ethnic Germans living outside of Germany were called Volksteutsche, and Hitler's plan was to unify all German peoples in Europe, which led to the annexation of Austria and the Sudetenland, as well as the recruitment of soldiers from German communities in Eastern Europe.
05:01 After World War II, the violence that the Nazis had inflicted on the rest of Europe was now being done to ethnic Germans, and the Potsdam Agreement called for the removal of Germans from non-German countries in an orderly and humane manner.
06:35 The forced expulsion of Germans after World War II, which was the largest migration of humans in history, resulted in the mistreatment and death of many Germans, including forced labor and starvation in camps, as well as gang rapes and mass murder.
08:02 Approximately 14 million ethnic Germans were forcibly expelled from European countries after World War II, with an estimated 2.4 to 3 million deaths or disappearances, and little opposition to the expulsions.
09:34 The forced expulsions of ethnic Germans after World War II have been largely forgotten and omitted from history, with little recognition or discussion of the event.
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