Annemieke Hendriks

Annemieke Hendriks has reported from Germany and Central Europe for the Dutch quality papers De Volkskrant, De Groene Amsterdammer and Vrij Nederland. She lives and works in Berlin and Amsterdam.

Divided Land

Divided Land

Omzwervingen langs Oder en Neisse

(Bas Lubberhuizen, 2005, 272 pages)

Huge population shifts took place in the border area between Germany and Poland in the years immediately following the Second World War. At the Postdam Conference in the summer of 1945, the allies put into force their decision to transfer the eastern part of the German Reich beyond the rivers Oder and Neisse to Poland. The Germans living there fled, were driven out, or merged with arriving Poles and Ukrainians forced to leave lands further east. Around fifteen million people in the region moved home.

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