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Books, Articles, and Films Related to Human Rights

These books, articles, and films are related to human rights of persons of German cultural, linguistic, or ethnic heritage. See "Resources" for additional information.

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 bullet  De Zayas, Alfred M. [Anmerkungen zur Vertreibung der Deutschen aus dem Osten. Verlag W. Kohlhammer, 1986. English] A terrible revenge: the ethnic cleansing of the east European Germans, 1944-1950 [original German version translated by John A. Koehler]. New York: St. Martin's Press, first paperback edition, with new material, 1994. First published in hardcover in the United States of America by St. Martin's Press in 1993 under the title The German Expellees: Victims in War and Peace.

bulletLaubach, Andreas. Nur mit meinen Kindern. Andreas Laubach, Langen Müller, 1991.

bulletNeary, Brigitte and Holle Schneider-Ricks. Voices of Loss and Courage: German Women Recount Their Expulsion from East Central Europe, 1944-1950. Review. This book is listed among the books in stock available from the German Canadian Congress.

bullet Vardy, Steven B., and T. Hunt Tooley. Ethnic Cleansing in Twentieth Century Europe. Social Science Monographs, 2003. Distributed by Columbia University Press. The book is based on a conference Ethnic Cleansing in Twentieth-Century Europe held on the campus of Duquesne University, in Pittsburgh, Nov. 16-18, 2000, and organized by Professors Vardy and Tooley.

bullet Walter, Elizabeth B. Barefoot in the Rubble. Palatine, Ill: Pannonia Press, 1997.

Books Dealing with the Deportation of Russian-Germans
Compiled by J. Otto Pohl

bulletBachmann, Berta, trans. Duin, Edgar, Memories of Kazakhstan: A Report on the Life
Experience of a German Woman in Russia (Lincoln, NE: AHSGR, 1983).

bulletBender, Ida, trans., Anderson, Laurel, Anderson, Carl and Wiest, William, The Dark
Abyss of Exile: The Story of Survival (Fargo, ND: Germans from Russia Heritage
Collection, North Dakota State University Libraries, 2000).

bulletDaes, Nelly, ed. trans. Holland, Nancy, Gone without a Trace: German-Russian Women
In Exile (Lincoln, NE: AHSGR, 2001).

bulletFleischhauer, Ingeborg and Pinkus, Benjamin, The Soviet Germans: Past and Present
(London: C. Hurst and Company, 1986).

bulletKloberdanz, Timothy and Rosalinda, Thunder on the Steppe: Volga German Folklife in a Changing Russia (Lincoln, NE: AHSGR, 1993).

bulletKoch, Fred, The Volga Germans: In Russia and the Americas, from 1763 to the Present (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1977).

bulletPohl, J. Otto, Ethnic Cleansing in the USSR, 1937-1949 (Westport, CT: Greenwood,

bulletPohl, J. Otto, The Stalinist Penal System: A Statistical History of Soviet Repression and
Terror, 1930-1953 (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1997).

bulletSchmaltz, Eric J., An Expanded Bibliography and Reference Guide for the Former Soviet Union’s Ethnic Germans: Issues of Ethnic Autonomy, Group Repression, Cultural Assimilation, and Mass Migration in the Twentieth Century and Beyond (Fargo, ND: GRHC, NDSU Libraries, 2002).

bulletSheehy, Ann and Nahaylo, Bohdan, The Crimean Tatars, Volga Germans and
Meskhetians: Soviet Treatment of some National Minorities (London: Minority
Rights Group, 1986).

bulletSinner, Samuel D., The Open Wound: The Genocide of German Ethnic Minorities in
Russia and the Soviet Union, 1915-1949 and Beyond (Fargo, ND: GRHC, NDSU
Libraries, 2000).

bulletToews, John B., Journeys: Mennonite Stories of Faith and Survival in Stalin’s Russia
(Winnipeg, MAN: Kindred Productions, 1998).

Books Dealing with the Internment of American-Germans
Compiled by Art Jacobs

bulletErik V. Wolter with Robert J. Masters , Loyalty on Trial: One American's Battle with the FBI. Loyalty on Trial provides a case study of how the government responded to what it perceived to be disloyal German American citizens during WWII, which parallels the way the government acts today as it struggles to find a balance between safeguarding civil liberties and assuring national security.  The author offers an analysis of the issues raised then and now with a careful comparison of what is at stake for all Americans. This book is available by calling 1-877-288-4737 or visiting

bulletContag, Kimberly E. and James A. Grabowska, Where the Clouds Meet the Water , follows the historical journey of the German Ecuadorian widower, Ernst Contag, and his four young children from their home in the South American Andes to Nazi Germany in 1942. Blacklisted as an enemy alien, Ernst Contag and his children are forcibly repatriated to the country of Ernst's grandparents as part of a diplomatic exchange arranged by the United States' State Department and cooperating countries.  In Nazi Germany, Ernst and his children must deny their Ecuadorian past and learn to live as Germans.  The Contag family strives to keep the ray of hope in their hearts when the Nazi oath of "blood and honor" leads to fear, abandonment, and death.  The children and their father navigate an ever-shifting horizon as they face despair and fear in internment and refugee sites, separation, devastation and loss in Germany (1942-45), hunger and hopelessness in post-war France (1945-46), and hostility in their own Andean homeland.  Through it all, the strength of family serves as the glue that holds them all together.
The book is available at Borders Books, Barnes 'n Noble and through Inkwater ( Inkwater Press, 2004.  ISBN 1-59299-073-8

bullet Ursula Potter (Ursula Vogt Potter), The Misplaced American, published by and available through  This story begins on December 9,1941, when Karl Vogt, a German national residing in the United States, was abruptly taken from his home near Plaza, Washington by agents of the F.B.I. and eventually sent to internment camps located in North Dakota, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and finally Montana. For nearly two years he was not told what the “evidence” was against him and he was never told who his accusers were. Left behind on the family farm, and also subjected to harassment by the United States government, were his wife, Elsie, and his two young children, all American citizens. Meanwhile, in war-torn Germany, Karl’s father and siblings endured and survived the horrors of the Nazi regime and the devastation of World War II.  In the end, this is really a story about enduring love---the unconditional love of God; the love of a husband and wife for each other; the sustaining love of family members separated by the worst of circumstances; and also, amazingly, the love that Karl and Elsie continued to have for the United States, a country whose government betrayed them in the most onerous way.

bulletJohn Christgau, "Enemies" ,  A new edition ENEMIES has been released by  It's available through their website, as well as the major chain bookstores.  This book, one of the first, if not the first book, to open the door to many researchers and others, noting that others, besides Japanese Americans were interned in the United States during the Second World War. 

bullet Art Jacobs, The Prison Called Hohenasperg: An American boy betrayed by his Government during World War II,  Universal Publishers (, FL., 1999.  ISBN 1-58112-832-0.  A synopsis of the book is included at the foregoing link. [6-3-99]  
Arthur D. Jacobs is the coeditor with Joseph E. Fallon of The World War Two Experience, The Internment of German-Americans Volume IV of the five volume German-Americans in the World Wars. This work is published by K.G. Saur, Munich, Germany, 1995. This volume is in three sections:
1. From suspicion to internment: U.S. Government policy toward German-Americans, 1939-1948
2. Government preparation for and implementation of the repatriation of German-Americans, 1943-1948
3. German-American camp newspapers: Internees' view of life in internment
The documents for this work were obtained as the result of more than ten years of research. The majority of the material in this volume was obtained from the National Archives and Records Administration, Immigration and Naturalization Service of the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. A few of the documents were obtained from the private files of former internees. The research of this work was enhanced by the help from former internees, Americans of German heritage. The research continues. It is a slow process because the time it takes for many of the government agencies to respond to Freedom of Information and Privacy Act (FOI/PA) request.

bullet Arnold Krammer, Undue Process, The Untold Story of America's German Alien Internees, the author of the highly acclaimed Nazi Prisoners of War in America.  Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, New York, 1997

Professor Arnold Krammer's book, Undue Process, has been published in the German language.  Die Internierten Deutschen, Feindliche Ausländer in den USA 1941 - 1947, Universitas Verlag Tübingen, 1998.  ISBN 3-924-898-24-3

bullet Leslie V. Tischauser's book, The Burden of Ethnicity: The German Question in Chicago, 1914-1941, Garland Publishing, New York, 1990.

bullet Max Paul Friedman, Nazis and Good Neighbors, Florida State University, (ISBN-10: 0521822467 | ISBN-13: 9780521822466) The United States Campaign against the Germans of Latin America in World War II. Based on research in seven countries, this international history uncovers an American security program in which Washington reached into fifteen Latin American countries to seize more than 4000 German expatriates and intern them in the Texas desert. The crowd of Nazi Party members, anti-fascist exiles, and even Jewish refugees were lumped together in camps riven by strife.

Books Dealing with the Destruction of the Germans of Eastern Europe
Compiled by Julius Loisch

bulletVictor Gollantz, OUR THREATENED VALUES, 1947 available free of charge from Alfred DeZayas. Hinsdale, Illinois


bulletSteven Bela Vardy and T. Hunt Tooley, ETHNIC CLEANSING in 20th –Century Europe 2003 Columbia University Press, New York

bulletAlfred M. de Zayas, A Terrible Revenge 1994 (second edition 2000)
St. Martin’s Press, New York

bulletAlfred M. de Zayas, The Wehrmacht War Crimes Bureau, 1989 (fourth
Edition 2000) Picton Press, Rockport Maine, Maine

bulletHausner Foundation, Essays on Liberty and Human Rights, 2002 Oak Brook, Illinois, ISBN 0-9726775-2-6

bulletSidonia Dedina : "Edvard Benes – The Liquidator,” RFP Publications  ISBN 0-9663968-4-7

bulletJohn Sack, An EYE For an EYE The Untold Story of Jewish Revenge Against Germans in 1945, BASIC BOOKS  ISBN 0-465-04214-7

bulletJohn Dietrich, THE MORGENTHAU PLAN: Soviet Influence on American Postwar Policy, Algora Publishing, ISBN 1-893941-90-2

bulletJames Baque, CRIMES AND MERCIES, 1997 ISBN 0-7515-2277-5

bulletJames Baque, Other Losses, ISBN 1-55168-191-9

bulletElizabeth B. Walter, Barefoot in the Rubble, Author recounts her experiences as a child in post-war Yugoslav concentration camps for Germans, her expulsion from Yugoslavia and life in bombed-out Germany. ISBN 0-9657793-0-0

Other Books and Translations

bulletWilliam E. Winterstein, Secrets of the Space Age – Sr. Lt. Col. Army (Ret.) An American Gift to Humanity. Primarily the effort by Col. Winterstein to rehabilitate the person (Arthur Rudolph) persecuted by the OSI. It is a perfect example of German bashing by our legal system and neglect to act by our politicians.

bulletNeary/Schneider-Ricks, Voices of Loss and Courage - I am half way through and I have a question. On page 22 the number of deaths in the Dresden bombing is given as 300,000. Just a day ago, I talked to a freshly baked Dr. Dipl. Ing. (in his late 20s) about Dresden and mentioned 200,000 (given by the Swiss Red Cross?). He said they are talking in Germany about 20,000. He knew nothing about the Morgenthau Plan. Julius Loisch

bulletRoad of Suffering of the Carpathian Germans 1944 -1946. This is a translation of mine of the book Leidensweg der Karpatendeutschen. It is an eye witness account similar to Voices of Loss and Courage. Since the Karpatendeutschen were only 125,000 before WW II, they, never the less, had 20,000 victims and are usually part of the number- counting of the Sudetendeutschen. Julius Loisch

bulletMore books are available online at the German Canadian Congress Website.



bulletBarnouw, Dagmar The War in the Empty Air, 2005, Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
Review by Karla Poewe, Department of Anthropology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

bulletBlumenfeld, David. Bare all killing fields: Ethnics - Genocide their issue. Toronto Sun, Thursday, March 27, 2003.
[Excerpt: To truly understand the nature of genocide, it's not enough to just teach about the Jewish Holocaust in Ontario's classrooms, says a group commemorating genocide. "Education on the Holocaust may not be broad enough," said James Kafieh, member of Canadians for a Genocide Museum. "We want to ensure that all genocides in history are taught." The coalition of 41 ethnic groups met Tuesday night at Queen's Park for the first annual Genocide Memorial Week, which they want the province to recognize in law. "(Genocide's) been an all too common instance in history," Kafieh said. "It's the most extreme manifestation of racism and social intolerance known." Kafieh said educators need to "compare and contrast" different examples of 20th century genocide, rather than use one concrete example. Anything else would "suggest a hierarchy of human suffering" that would not advance better understanding about the subject, Kafieh said.....]

bullet "Die Flucht der Deutschen", a special issue of Der Spiegel containing all six parts of the series can be ordered from the German Canadian Congress, 455 Conestogo Road, Waterloo, Ont. Canada, N2L 4C9 or by calling 1-519-746-9006 or by email at
"Eine Sonderausgabe des Nachrichtenmagazins „Der Spiegel“ . Vor einigen Wochen erschien im deutschen Nachrichtenmagazin „Der Spiegel“ eine Serie über die Vertreibung der Deutschen nach dem zweiten Weltkrieg. Diese Serie wurde nun in einer Sonderausgabe zusammengefasst. Es wird berichtet, wie die Deutschen aus ihrer Heimat in Ostpreußen, im Balkan, in Polen, in Rumänien, im Sudetenland, in den baltischen Staaten am Ende des zweiten Weltkrieges vertrieben wurden. Alles, was sie und ihre Vorfahren in Generationen aufgebaut hatten, mussten sie zurücklassen. Lange wurde nichts über die Vertreibung gesagt, im Gegenteil es war verpönt darüber öffentlich zu sprechen. Wir sind dankbar, daß „Der Spiegel“ dieses Thema aufgegriffen hat und der Öffentlichkeit dadurch die Gelegenheit gibt, sich darüber zu informieren. Darüber hinaus werden diese Berichte auch interessant für unsere Kinder sein. Sie geben ihnen einen Einblick über das, was ihre Eltern und Großeltern am Ende des zweiten Weltkriegs durchgemacht haben. Wahrscheinlich wird diese Sonderausgabe des „Spiegels“ eines Tages historischen Wert haben. Der DKK hat eine größere Anzahl dieser Ausgabe bestellt. Wenn Sie daran interessiert sind, dann können Sie diese in unserem Büro abholen oder auch telefonisch bestellen."
Deutschkanadischer Kongress / German Canadian Congress-Ontario, 455 Conestoga Road, Waterloo, Ont. N2L 4C9, Tel.: (519) 746-9006 oder 1-800-364-1309.
The above review appears in DKK Nachrichten, Herbst-Winter 2002 ( )

bullet Chase, Jefferson. "The Fire Last Time: A German Bestseller Sparks Debate Over The Country's Wartime Suffering." Boston Globe, January 19, 2003, page D1. [Excerpt: "If you open a copy of Der Spiegel these days, you'll be treated to image upon image of wartime horror. Germany's equivalent of Time magazine, Spiegel is running a six-part series on the aerial campaigns of World War II. Of course, graphic reports about the Third Reich are nothing new in Germany. But this time around, the focus is on the carnage wrought not by but to the homeland. After some 50 years in which any extended mention of German suffering during World War II was...."] Article available (for purchase) at Boston Globe web site. Complete article has 1758 words.

bullet Rhoads, Christopher. "A Flood of War Memories Spur Germany's Current Iraq Stance Long-Repressed Recollections of Allied Bombings Help Fuel Opposition to U.S.-Led Push for War." Wall Street Journal, February 25, 2003, page one. [Excerpt: "KASSEL, Germany -- More than 150 people listened silently in a small church one recent evening to a reading about the bombing of German cities in World War II. They heard about how a boy carried the charred remains of his parents in a wash basin. About how the rush of air from the bomb blasts decapitated people when they peered outside to see what was happening. About the piles of dead.
"The world forgets too quickly what happened 60 years ago," said Erika Paar, who was 17 when a wave of British bombers leveled this city in a single devastating attack in 1943. "It forgets the suffering that comes from war."
For most of the six decades since then, memories of the suffering that German civilians endured from Allied air bombardment were largely suppressed. Though some stories were passed on within families, few public discussions or commemorations took place. Published records barely exist of the collective destruction, which obliterated 161 German cities over just two and a half years and killed between 350,000 and 650,000 civilians. Feelings of guilt and shame for the Holocaust and for Germany's having started the war kept most Germans from publicly mourning their own losses....]
Article available for purchase from Wall Street Journal.

bullet Schneider, Peter. "In Their Side of World War II, the Germans Also Suffered," New York Times, January 18, 2003. . (Peter Schneider is a German novelist and journalist. This essay was translated by Victor Homola of The New York Times.)

bullet Bacque, James. Various books and publications at the author's website


bullet Before Winter Comes, UK, 1969, directed by J. Lee Thompson. Color, 103 min., in English. With David Niven. Internet Movie Database Listing

bullet Wir haben nichts gewusst, 2004, by Harald Henn. Description in Phoenix Online

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