The History Girls: Orderly and Humane – Celia Rees

Originally posted on The History Girls.

Refugee children in Berlin

Refugee children in Berlin

Like most of us this summer, I’ve been shocked and moved by the images of refugees in flight from the turmoil of the Middle East, fleeing conflict by any means they can, making the long and perilous journey on foot, by boat, and on foot again, trekking towards Europe, seeking to find some sort of security, a new life for themselves and for their children.

This mass movement of people is unprecedented in recent times. In casting about to find any kind of analogy for what we are seeing in our newspapers and on our screens, the nearest most reporters and correspondents can find is the movement of German populations fleeing from the advancing Russians and then the further mass expulsion of ethnic German populations after the Second World War.

Until recent events, the mass expulsion of Ethnic Germans (the Volksdeutsche) who had been living in the different countries of Central and Eastern Europe, often for centuries, was rather lost to history, just another of the consequences, a postscript to the manifold horrors of the Second World War. It is, however, worth recalling it now. The scale of the population movement was a…

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2 thoughts on “The History Girls: Orderly and Humane – Celia Rees

  1. A suitable time to recall this previous exodus.
    The USA has to start taking more responsibility for the events that they played such a large part in originating and perpetuating. Instead, they use it all as an excuse to put more pressure on Assad, causing further hardship for those still remaining in the country, with a subsequent increase in refugees.
    History will judge the west harshly after this. The Germans were regarded, to some extent, to have brought their troubles upon themselves. This cannot be said of the Syrian civilians.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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