The Big Trek: The fate of the refugees

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The German population in the Eastern Territories was forced by Hitler to stay put because of his demented notion that they had to persevere. Then it was too late for any attempts to rescue the civilians. In January 1945, while the Red Army was already fighting on German soil, several hundred thousand civilians started to flee precipitously. On foot, on horse drawn carts laden with their prized possession, they risked the icy roads and extremely low temperatures, helplessly exposed to Soviet attacks. More than two million of the 12 million refugees did not survive the exodus. The war that had been started by Hitler had ricochet on the defenseless people in whose name it had been started.
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  • By Erik Zikos
    Aug 22, 2009
    It pains me to write this, as I am very sympathetic to the topic of this book, and am appreciative that it has been finally translated into English. Unfortunately, the quality of the translation dooms this book and makes it virtually unreadable. It appaears that the translation was simply a literal word-for-word job done without consideration of nuance of German or English. The translator really should have consulted a historian for proper terminology, as certain German words such as "Gauleiter" and Wehrmacht" need no Englsih translation, especially given the probable knowledge of a reader interested in the topic. "District Leader" is ridiculous, as is "Colonel of the General of the Armed Forces" for the title GeneralOberst der Wehrmacht", or "army group 'middle'" for Army Group Center". as these are not literal. Also, the use of Germanized spelling of Russian names "Iwan Rokkosowskij" is irritating. Having had relatives... More > who participated and survived the Vertreibung, I came away disappointed that their story will remain so muddled for English speakers.< Less
  • By Dave Watkins
    Dec 29, 2008
    "The Big Trek" A compilation of some of the many stories that arose out of the ashes of the Second World War. This book tells the stories of many of those directly affected by the conflict as well as the tens of thousands that cannot speak for themselves. A riveting read that is hard to put down. I am so glad that this book is now available in English and available for all to read. "Lest We Forget"
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Guido Knopp
September 30, 2011
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