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Nemesis at Potsdam The Anglo-Americans and the Expulsion of the Germans

By Alfred M. de Zayas Copyright 1979

    First published in 1979, Nemesis at Potsdam discusses the expulsion and spoliation of the Germans from most of central and easter Europe during the Second World War, a process which over two million did not survive. How did this extraordinary event come about? Was it necessary for the peace of Europe? What role did Britain and the United States play in authorizing the ‘transfer’? The book answers these questions and relates the integration of the German expellees to the phenomenal resurgence of West Germany, and traces the development of Ostpolitik and détente through to the Helsinki Declaration. It will be of interest to students of history, international relations, and political science.

    Foreword Acknowledgements Introduction 1. The Principle of Population Transfers 2. The Germans of Czechoslovakia 3. The Genesis of the Oder-Neisse Line: The Conferences of Tehran and Yalta 4. The Flight: Prelude to the Expulsions 5. Anglo-American Plan of Limited Transfers 6. ‘Orderly and Humane’ Transfers 7. From Morgenthau Plan to Marshall Plan 8. Peace Without a Peace Treaty 9. Recognition or Revision of the Oder-Neisse Line 10. Towards the Future Notes Appendix Bibliography Index


    Alfred M. de Zayas