In the years of 1945-1948, fifteen million German people were forced to leave their homes during the systematic Ethnic Cleansing and Expulsion authorised by the winning powers of the Second World War - the biggest exodus that has ever occurred in Europe.
The Ethnic Cleansing was justified by the propaganda that everyone with German origins shares the crimes committed by the Nazi pogrom against humanity. The suffering of Germans who were expelled, murdered or transported to labour or concentration camps, has been thoroughly wiped out of history books and records.
As a result,statements about Germans’ suffering in relation to the Second World War are doomed to be ridiculed or considered revisionist. As a Jew whose family perished in the Holocaust, I can hardly be accused of Nazi thoughts.
It is this “privilege” that makes it possible for me to shed light on the story of the German civilians from a new perspective, driven by a gesture of sympathy instead of antagonism.