We’ve got some way to go yet

Europe is facing the world refugee crisis since the Second World War, the EU official in charge of migration said on Friday.
Greece will receive further emergency funding to tackle an “urgent” surge in arrivals to the Aegean islands, Dimitris Avramopoulos said.
Some 50,000 people arrived in Greece in the last month alone – compared to 6,000 the year before.

Immediately post WWII, although the numbers are somewhat disputed, there were some 10-12 million Germans alone on the move. The largest ethnic cleansing ever actually….

8 thoughts on “We’ve got some way to go yet”

  1. Haven’t lots of Greeks left Greece because of the banking problems? That should have left room for newcomers.

  2. The story of what happened to German civilians in areas occupied by the Soviets at the end of WW2 is both horrific and sadly little known, even in Europe. The Soviets didn’t publicize it for obvious reasons, the other allies were not eager to accuse them of massive crimes against humanity as they were trying the Nazi leadership for the same, and nobody cared that much for Germans–after all Germans had done the same and worse in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union only years earlier. Still, nothing can justify that unknown campaign of mass murder, rape, dispossession, and displacement–second only to the Nazi’s–against largely innocent civilians.

    Still, 10 to 12 million sounds high. I’ve heard more on the order of 2 million German refugees from Eastern Europe. Perhaps the larger figure includes Germans displaced internally within Germany? Not a pretty fate, but not nearly as bad as what the Germans from the East had to endure.

  3. Surreptitious Evil

    As I’ve possibly said before on here, a friend of the in-laws lived through the German and Russian invasions of Hungary. She likes Germans and Germany.

  4. You’ve only to think of Poland being moved west to see that 2 million is probably too low an estimate. Or so I’d guess.

  5. Partition of India was the biggest ethic cleansing in history: 14 million. And between 200,000 and 500,000 people were killed.

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