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Sudeten German Ethnic Cleansing

"Anfang und Ende einer deutsch-böhmischen Heimat schildert Erlebnisse in drei Erzgebirgsdörfern während der Zeit der Heimatvertreibung ihrer sudetendeutschen Einwohner 1945/46.  Diese Geschehnisse werden im Zusammenhang mit der 700-jährigen Geschichte dieser deutsch-böhmischen Orte geschildert.
     In mehr als einem halben Jahrhundert, das seit der Vertreibung der Deutschen aus diesen Dörfern vergangen ist, hat sich an der Aktualität des damals Erlebten nichts geändert: Im Besonderen: Die Verurteilung des Verbrechens gegen die Menschheit einer ethnischen Säuberung in Charta 9 der Vereinten Nationen, die Resolution Nr. 562 des US Repräsentantenhauses vom 13. Oktober 1998 "concerning properties wrongfully expropriated by formerly totalitarian governments", die Weigerung der Tschechischen Republik die für die Ausführung des sudetendeutschen Genozids 1945 verabschiedeten, fundamentale Menschenrechte verletzenden, unter der Berzeichnung "Benesch-Dekrete" bekannt gewordenen Gesetze abzuschaffen, und die jüngsten  Ereignisse auf dem Balkan haben die
damals im Sudetenland begangenen Verbrechen im Sinne neuerer Interpretrationen der Menschenrechte wieder akut werden lassen.

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In summer 1945 at Potsdam, when the Allies affirmed their resolve of Yalta to expel 15 million Germans from their homeland, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin assured US president Harry Truman that the displacement of 3.5 million Sudeten Germans would not constitute a violation of human rights, because those people were to leave their homeland voluntarily. At this time such a statement appeared unbelievably absurd: why should Sudeten Germans, living on Bohemian and Moravian soil for 8 centuries and keeping a proud tradition established by their forefathers, want to leave their long-loved homeland? But Stalin knew what the German citizens of Czechoslovakia did not know: Czechoslovak president Benes, his friend and ally since 1935, was determined to make life unbearable for the Germans. Thus terror began to reign for a humiliated, outlawed, deprived of their possessions, and partly murdered national minority. The fate of a family of five, aged 5 to 79 years, here serves as a proxy for the rest of the 3 million Sudeten Germans, short of 250.000 murdered, that were expelled. Ironically, the laws created in 1945 that legalize the German purge today still exist in the Czech and Slovak Republics, the two successor states of what once was Czechoslovakia. Her second cessation is most likely a direct consequence of the loss by expulsion of 25 percent of her workforce. This, however, is little consolation for the anguish, pain, unhappiness and in many instances death this blatant ethnic cleansing event has caused its victims.

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