The Martyrdom of Silesian Priests 1945-46.
Munich: Kirchliche Hilfsstelle, 1950. Scenes from the Passion of Silesia. Published to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the Silesian tragedy. Pp.126, many black & white portrait photos, pages browned. Paperback with dustwrapper which has edge chips. Good/G+.** "The Polish and Jewish population of Silesia was subjected to genocide involving ethnic cleansing and mass murder, while German colonists were settled in pursuit of Lebensraum Two thousand Polish intellectuals, politicians and businessmen were murdered in the "Intelligenzaktion Schlesien" in 1940 as part of a Poland wide Germanization program. Silesia also housed one of the two main wartime centers where medical experiments were conducted on kidnapped Polish children by Nazis.The Potsdam Conference of 1945 concluded that the Oder-Neisse line would be the official border between Germany and Poland. Millions of Germans in Silesia, either fled or were expelled, and were replaced later by Polish population settled from other regions. Furthermore, the newly formed Polish United Workers' Party created a Ministry of the Recovered Territories that claimed half of the available arable land for state-run collectivized farms. Many Silesian residents not only resented the Germans for their invasion in 1939 and brutality in occupation, but now also the newly formed Polish communist government for their population shifting and interference in agricultural, as well as industrial, affairs."(wiki).
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