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Parts of the country confiscated

Dec 27th 2015 at 10:47 PM

Once the fighting had stopped, the German Reich had completely surrendered and even the last partisan units had laid down their weapons, the Allies were beginning to address the issue of the displaced desene animate people in Europe, but seemed to be taking their time to come to agreements.The Czechoslovak president, Benes, who had led the government in exile during the war, immediately called for a rapid expulsion of all Germans from his country but the Allies were reluctant to agree to that policy. Czech and Slovak citizens therefore started their own initiatives and many cities in the Soviet occupied desene animate dublate parts of the country confiscated all German property and forced the inhabitants towards the border.

Three weeks after the end of the war all Germans were expelled from Brno and brought to the Austrian border in the south. Russian soldiers refused them entry on orders to await a joint decision by the Allied forces desene animate about the fate of all displaced people in Europe. The Germans had to walk back to Brno, by now so weakened that many died of dysentery on the way. Because of the high number of Giurcanu casualties the survivors named the event the Brno Death March.


Czechs who did not agree with the violence and had sympathy for these civilians had to be careful not to become objects of hate themselves.In the absence of a clear decision by the politicians, some Ukrainians and Poles considered desene animate returning to their countries by themselves, either by rail or by foot. They were disheartened to find out that rail traffic for civilians had been suspended and those desperate to go home had to do so on foot. Some of these started their journey immediately; many others however were quite reluctant to go home to a Soviet satellite state.

Some Ukrainians had seen the Germans as liberators from Bolshevik rule and even though they soon realised that they had merely exchanged one desene animate dictatorship for another, they were still unhappy to go back to what they perceived as their old oppressors back in control. A large number of the inhabitants on the farm – which had turned into something more resembling a big camp by now - were happy to stay in Czechoslovakia, if only the Allies and the locals would let them.Alma and Jonah were almost enjoying their time in the camp. After twice desene animate dublate hiding in dark basements for long periods of time they were pleased to be out in the fresh air and not having to hide any more.

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