Post/Memories of Forced Migration at the End of the Second World War
Novels by Walter Kempowski and Ulrike Draesner
For the past 25 years, scholarship on the forced migration of approximately 12 million ethnic Germans at the end of World War II and the lasting effects of these massive population movements on the two post-war German states has been on the upswing. This renewed interest contrasts sharply with the latter part of the long post-war period (1970s and 1980s), when most historians and literary scholars shied away from these ideologically fraught historical events. The situation only began to change with the end of the Cold War, when the German-Polish post-war borders were finalized and, more noticeably, in the new millennium. ...