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Expelling the GermansBritish Opinion and Post-1945 Population Transfer in Context$
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Matthew Frank

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199233649

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233649.001.0001

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From Prague to Potsdam

From Prague to Potsdam

Expulsions from Czechoslovakia and Poland, May–July 1945

(p.94) 3 From Prague to Potsdam
Expelling the Germans

Matthew Frank (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines initial British responses to developments in Poland and Czechoslovakia during the transition period from war to peace, when these states began expelling German populations and creating faits accomplis on the ground in advance of any formal decisions being taken at a peace conference. The first signs of public disquiet in Britain at the manner in which Germans, from Czechoslovakia in particular, were being treated are examined, as is the decisive role that the British delegation at the Potsdam Conference played in ensuring that the Great Powers endorsed the principle of population transfer, and called for a halt to further expulsions until a plan for the organized transfer of Germans was in place.

Keywords:   British responses, Poland, Czechoslovakia, peace conference, Potsdam, population transfer

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