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By Pavel Polian

In the course of his reign over the previous Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin oversaw the pressured resettlement of six million humans – a maniacal ardour that he used for social engineering. The Soviets weren't the 1st to thrust resettlement on its inhabitants – an immense attribute of totalitarian structures – yet when it comes to sheer numbers, applied sciences used to deport humans and the lawlessness which followed it, Stalin’s technique was once the main extraordinary. Six million humans of alternative social, ethnic, and professions have been resettled ahead of Stalin’s loss of life. Even this day, the aftermath of such deportations mostly predetermines occasions which happen within the northern Caucasus, Crimea, the Baltic republics, Moldavia, and western Ukraine.

Polian’s quantity is the 1st try and comprehensively learn the heritage of compelled and semi-voluntary inhabitants pursuits inside of or equipped by means of the Soviet Union. Contents diversity from the early Nineteen Twenties to the rehabilitation of repressed nationalities within the Nineties, facing inner (kulaks, ethnic and political deportations) and foreign pressured migrations (German internees and occupied territories).

An abundance of evidence, figures, tables, maps, and an exhaustively-detailed annex will function vital resources for additional researches.

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71 Nevertheless, the methods used to oust Germans from Poland, Czechoslovakia and other countries were not particularly “civilized,” especially if one recalls the numbers of people that perished. 72 However, as the most recent research by R. Overmans showed, one can speak with a reliable degree of certainty of some 400 thousand that perished in the process of exile,73 which—in itself—is a sufficient figure to stun the imagination. Prehistory and Classification 39 The Allied Control Commission’s POW and DP Directorate elaborated a plan concerning the “civilized” stage of the resettlement of Germans.

Roginsky, and others. Besides, substantial valuable advice, comments and information came from foreign colleagues: S. Debski (Kraków), G. Klein (Freiburg), G. Superfin (Bremen), F. Ther (Berlin), P. Holquist (Ithaca, USA), P. Gatrell and N. Baron (Manchester), and others. Memorial Society members and experts of the State Archives of the Russian Federation A. Eisfeld (Göttingen) and A. Nikolsky (Moscow) provided significant help in selecting illustrations. Most sincere gratitude and appreciation are addressed to all these people.

75) zones. Besides, 500 thousand Germans from Hungary were assigned to the US zone; and Germans of Austrian descent (150 thousand) were to be settled in the French occupation zone. 74 For example, the resettlement from Poland to the British zone was launched in February 1946 (by routes Stettin— Lubek, and Korford—Gelmannstadt) and was carried out with rather high intensity: 22 trains per week. Not having capacities for handling such a flow, the British closed their border in the middle of August and limited the weekly number of accepted trains to two.

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