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    1945: The Savage Peace BBC 2 May 24th



    When the Second World War ended, the people of liberated Europe celebrated their freedom from Nazi tyranny. Their years of suffering had ended, but for millions of Germans, the end of the conflict opened a new and terrible chapter.
    The Savage Peace reveals the appalling violence meted out to the defeated, especially to those ethnic Germans who had lived peacefully for centuries in neighbouring countries.


    An interesting program on BBC 2 this evening showing what was happening in Germany in 1945 whilst we in Britain were celebrating victory in Europe.

    I did feel the program pointed more towards crimes committed by the Soviets after the war, where I'm sure us Brits, the French and Americans weren't exactly saints. Still a very sad and moving account of post war Europe though.
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    The Germans sowed the wind and they reaped the whirlwind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rafael Rose View Post
    I did feel the program pointed more towards crimes committed by the Soviets after the war, where I'm sure us Brits, the French and Americans weren't exactly saints..
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    Very tough show to watch. I was expecting a general history of the aftermath of the Second World War. All those personal testimonies and archive footage made for harrowing watching. It must be remembered though that these countries in which these crimes against Germans after the war occurred experienced brutal occupation at the hands of the Nazis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rafael Rose View Post
    1945: The Savage Peace BBC 2 May 24th

    BBC iPlayer - 1945: The Savage Peace

    When the Second World War ended, the people of liberated Europe celebrated their freedom from Nazi tyranny. Their years of suffering had ended, but for millions of Germans, the end of the conflict opened a new and terrible chapter.
    The Savage Peace reveals the appalling violence meted out to the defeated, especially to those ethnic Germans who had lived peacefully for centuries in neighbouring countries.


    An interesting program on BBC 2 this evening showing what was happening in Germany in 1945 whilst we in Britain were celebrating victory in Europe.

    I did feel the program pointed more towards crimes committed by the Soviets after the war, where I'm sure us Brits, the French and Americans weren't exactly saints. Still a very sad and moving account of post war Europe though.
    Wasn't all kick out the Germans as even today there are still many Polish/German families in Silesia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rafael Rose View Post
    1945: The Savage Peace BBC 2 May 24th

    BBC iPlayer - 1945: The Savage Peace

    When the Second World War ended, the people of liberated Europe celebrated their freedom from Nazi tyranny. Their years of suffering had ended, but for millions of Germans, the end of the conflict opened a new and terrible chapter.
    The Savage Peace reveals the appalling violence meted out to the defeated, especially to those ethnic Germans who had lived peacefully for centuries in neighbouring countries.


    An interesting program on BBC 2 this evening showing what was happening in Germany in 1945 whilst we in Britain were celebrating victory in Europe.

    I did feel the program pointed more towards crimes committed by the Soviets after the war, where I'm sure us Brits, the French and Americans weren't exactly saints. Still a very sad and moving account of post war Europe though.
    Saw the programme last night. Loads of stuff that I've never seen before and a lot of it was very uncomfortable to watch.

    The Savage Continent - is a book about the vengence wrecked on the German population by the Allies and others after the war. When the Allies entered Germany, they too were given free reign to do as they pleased to the German population, by then mostly old men, women and children.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polybius View Post
    The Germans sowed the wind and they reaped the whirlwind.
    Yea sure, but the programme was still difficult to watch. Besides, it was the women and children who bore the blunt of the vengence.

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    Very interesting documentary - even stopped me from turning over to MOTD to watch it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gijoe View Post
    Very interesting documentary - even stopped me from turning over to MOTD to watch it.
    Giles Mac Donough has written After the Reich for anyone interested in this topic.

    It makes for sad reading as the most of the victims were elderly, women and children.

    The British army appear to have been the least worse occupiers in the 45-47 period.

    The German parliament (in the 70s) I think commisioned a report on this time and the number of deaths that resulted from killings and deliberate starvation but it seems that it was suppressed. Probably because of the cold war.

    In fact it was the cold war that saved the Germans from even more years of deprivation and cruelty

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catalpa1876 View Post
    Sad but ultimately the Germans brought it upon themselves.

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