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Posted February 2, 2003
ALFRED DE ZAYAZ GIVES VOICE TO THE MILLIONS OF INNOCENT VICTOMS FORGOTTEN BY HISTORIANS
It is very difficut when members of one's family have been killed and are buried with thousands of others in unmarked mass graves in Eastern European Communist Countries, yet one does not find it in the history books. However, hundreds of thousands know it happened because they remember. They remember the fear, hunger, and pain that they experienced in Communist concentration camps. They remember walking over fields in the dark and the wet and cold seeping through ragged cothing as they escaped to the West. Suppose you were one of the many who experienced this. You were in the camps for almost three years when you were only a young child. As a teenager living in the USA in the 1950's you read in your history book about the atrocities that were committed in Wold War II by the Nazis and the Japanese. Eagerly you search to see what is written about the horrifying experiences that remain so vividly in your mind, but you find nothing. In your senior year in English class the teacher asks you to write a true story - so you write about your childhood for the first time. It is very painful for you to put the words on paper for the memories hurt. The paper comes back marked with a D and THIS IS NOT TRUE is written across in bold red letters. Devastated, you put your paper away and decide that what you went through does not matter to the rest of the world for you are an Ethnic German. These were my experiences and this is how I felt. All this has changed since this book has come out. It contains the stories about ordinary people who were caught in the fangs of war. I was not a NAZI at age 4 - I was an innocent child - like the millions of others that had to pay for what they did not do. At last someone has brought the truth to light about what the Communists did to purge Eastern European countries of their Ethnic German population. Thank you Alfred de Zayas for this gripping book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 18, 2000
de Zayas courage to stand up for truth
Even teachers or historians today do not have knowledge of this ethnic cleansing or try to dismiss it as something'they had coming'. 1. Fact: A large number of Germans ,especially Prussians did n o t support the Nazis.( Hitler was put in power by big international money). The legitimate Prussian government in Berlin under Otto Braun was on July 20, 1932 ousted by military Hitler coup. 2. Fact: July 20, 1944 the attempt to regain the government from dictator Hitler failed. 3. Fact: To this day even teachers do not know that agressors against Germania came from the e a s t , the Huns, Avars, Slavs. Poles under Miezko I and Boleslaw I, who's soldiers came north to Old Prussiland with Voitech St. Adalbert to 'convert the heathens' in 997 AD . They were followed by many more sworded crusaders against the Baltic people.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.