Erika Steinbach and German Victims of...

Erika Steinbach and German Victims of WWII: 'I Want the Truth, and Nothing But'

There are 24 comments on the Der Spiegel story from Mar 9, 2009, titled Erika Steinbach and German Victims of WWII: 'I Want the Truth, and Nothing But'. In it, Der Spiegel reports that:

Erika Steinbach is a hated figure in Poland. She has dedicated her career to documenting the suffering of Germans expelled from Eastern Europe following World War II.

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imagine

Köln, Germany

#25 Nov 10, 2009
What is with all the hate spewing, blaming and name-calling? I agree with some of the commentees that even though some people still have awful memories, the issues of expulsion of people from Poland lies in the past. All sides committed war crimes of some sort, regardless of their ideology and nationality. In other areas of the world, these issues are still ongoing - people are killed for money, greed, power - all rising out of basic human fear. People are expelled from their countries or forced to flee poverty, violence, war and suffering. Instead of pointing fingers, can we not admit to our sins of the past (on ALL sides), discuss compassionately, forgive and reconciliate and move on? We need to focus on the now and on the future. We cannot change the past, but in the here and now and the to come we have a real chance to make a difference. And only if we do that will we be able to find peace for all.
Chrobry

United States

#26 Nov 10, 2009
German Mann Chicago IL wrote:
Hey Pavel buddy No mowimy Polsku;and what is this friggin' Gdansk you mention? THERE IS ONLY DANZIG
Now that there's no Soviet Union there, see ya soon
Come closer, so I can lop your head off with my scythe!
Zabawa

Moscow, Russia

#27 Nov 11, 2009
Chrobry wrote:
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Come closer, so I can lop your head off with my scythe!
Well... Poles liked to repeat the same words to Germans many times before 01.09.1939...
Luk - Wroclaw - Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

#29 Nov 17, 2009
The main Problem is generalizing/talking about "expelled" Germans.
Most of Germans from the city where I was born in mid 70s, the city of WROCLAW
( formerly Breslau ) were expelled by Nazis throughout hard winter months of 1945. Most of these cyvilians, who first were forced to turn the city into a absurd Nazi fortress ( which surrendered on May 6th 1945!!!) and then forced to leave the city, died on their way away. In the region Dolny Slask/ Lower Silesia ( formerly NiederSchlesien ), after the War Polish Authorities organized MASS REPATRIATIONS of German cyvillians to the West, generally in peacefull conditions.
How many examples like this from Europe will be shown in "the Centre of Expulsion" made by E. Steinbach?

There is a big Soviet Army Cemetry in Wroclaw, close to the place where I live now. About 5.000 of them died here.

Thanks to Them I live now in Wroclaw.

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