The Expulsion of the German Population from Czechoslovakia: A Selection and Translation from Dokumentation der Vertreibung der Deutschen Aus Ost-Mitteleuropa, Band IV, 1 and IV, 2

The Expulsion of the German Population from Czechoslovakia: A Selection and Translation from Dokumentation der Vertreibung der Deutschen Aus Ost-Mitteleuropa, Band IV, 1 and IV, 2

The Expulsion of the German Population from Czechoslovakia: A Selection and Translation from Dokumentation der Vertreibung der Deutschen Aus Ost-Mitteleuropa, Band IV, 1 and IV, 2

The Expulsion of the German Population from Czechoslovakia: A Selection and Translation from Dokumentation der Vertreibung der Deutschen Aus Ost-Mitteleuropa, Band IV, 1 and IV, 2

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This book is the abridged English translation of volume IV, parts I and 2, of the "Dokumentation der Vertreibung der Deutschen aus Ost-Mitteleuropa". It deals with the expulsion of the most numerous German community outside the frontiers of the German Reich of 1937, a process which -- along with the expulsion of the Germans east of the Oder-Neisse line -- at the same time represents the focal point of the policy of expulsion after World War II. The political importance of these events has been given due regard by the scope of this volume.

As in the case of the first volumes translated into English, this edition of vol. IV contains the complete text of the Introductory Description and of the Annexes. With regard to the documents, again only a part of them was published, so as not to exceed the contents of a single manageable volume. The selection was provided by the editorial committee. For purposes of research, however, the reader must be referred to the German edition.

Some special problems concerning the arrangement of this volume have yet to be mentioned. For the composition it seemed advisable to separate the events in Bohemia and Moravia-Silesia from those in Slovakia. Although the political connections between these countries had been re-established at the end of the Second World War, the differences of the earlier development resulted in different conditions for the fate of the Sudeten and Carpathian Germans. This divergence, also determined by the structural difference between the Sudeten German ethnic group living in homogeneous settlement areas, as compared with the widely dispersed German element in Slovakia, presents itself in the different character and arrangement of the published documents. With regard to Bohemia and Moravia-Silesia, as already in the preceding volumes, the method of chronological arrangement for a territory according to the sequence of events was adopted. This method could not be followed in the case of Slovakia, chiefly because of the dispersement of the German ethnic group in that country. Here, reports were published which cover the whole period, with emphasis being laid on the occurences since the Slovak rising of 1944.

This separation between the two great sections, Sudeten territory and Slovakia, has also been retained in the Introductory Description. The two . . .

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