National Mythologies and Ethnic Cleansing: The Expulsion of Czechoslovak Germans in 1945

  title={National Mythologies and Ethnic Cleansing: The Expulsion of Czechoslovak Germans in 1945},
  author={Eagle Glassheim},
  journal={Central European History},
  pages={463 - 486}
  • Eagle Glassheim
  • Published 1 December 2000
  • Political Science
  • Central European History
Beginning in January of 1946, trains filled with Sudeten Germans—forty wagons, thirty passengers per wagon—left Czechoslovakia daily for the American Zone of occupied Germany. By the end of 1946, the Czechoslovak government completed the “organized transfer” of almost 2 million Germans, and it did so in a manner that in many respects fulfilled the mandate of the Potsdam agreement that the resettlement be “orderly and humane.” But a focus on these regularized trainloads of human cargo obscures… 

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