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en

Well organized yes, but a thorn in the side of the government? I'll have to look into that. In my experience, there isn't much in terms of public awareness of this particular part of history, which is why it's such a pain to keep explaining why my name is Polish, but my family and I are not in any capacity.

miz

The so-called "Sudetenland" (as used in your blog post and by the lobby of displaced Germans today) does not signify the historical region but a concoction of German speaking nationalists in Bohemia and Moravia. It was applied as a tool to split up Czechoslovakia. To use the term in that way today means validating this nationalist and racist inter-war discourse that eventually led to the distruction of the only democracy in central Europe.

Johannes

There was no compensation by Eastern bloc goverments, as far as I know (of course not, most of them had suffered worse by Nazi Germany). For all I know the Expelled were compensated by the (West) German government (to some extent).
As for people having suffered from forced labor in Nazi camps or factories, they were compensated by the German government, although often meagrely, after a long time (I think only around 2000) and with lots of bureaucracy involved.
Cf. the wikpedia entry
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forced_labour_under_German_rule_during_World_War_II

Steve Vitek

"To say the issue of compensation for expelled ethnic Germans is a sensitive issue in Eastern capitals is quite the understatement."

My father was expelled from where he lived (in Southern Bohemia) by Germans when they invaded and occupied Czechoslovakia in 1939 and sent to work in coal mines for 4 years in Northern Moravia to supply the great German Reich with coal as were thousands of other Czechs.

Would he be entitled to compensation too, or would this compensation be going only in one direction, starting from 1945?

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