Friday, September 4, 2015


When you wonder what it might look like if migrants were actually forced out of the various countries into which they have moved over the last decade or so, this might be instructive. If it happened like this in the middle of the 20th century, it can happen tomorrow.

Sudeten Germans make their way to the railway station in Liberec, in former Czechoslovakia, to be transferred to Germany in this July, 1946 photo. After the end of the war, millions of German nationals and ethnic Germans were forcibly expelled from both territory Germany had annexed, and formerly German lands that were transferred to Poland and the Soviet Union. The estimated numbers of Germans involved ranges from 12 to 14 million, with a further estimate of between 500,000 and 2 million dying during the expulsion. 

AP Photo/CTK

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