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Uprooted: How Breslau Became Wroclaw during the Century of Expulsions

Gregor Thum


With the stroke of a pen at the Potsdam Conference following the Allied victory in 1945, Breslau, the largest German city east of Berlin, became the Polish city of Wroclaw. Its more than 600,000 inhabitants—almost all of them ethnic Germans—were expelled and replaced by Polish settlers from all parts of pre-war Poland. This book examines the long-term psychological and cultural consequences of forced migration in twentieth-century Europe through the experiences of Wroclaw's Polish inhabitants. The book tells the story of how the city's new Polish settlers found themselves in a place that was n ... More

Keywords: Potsdam Conference, Allied victory, Breslau, Wroclaw, ethnic Germans, Polish settlers, forced migration, wartime destruction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691140247
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691140247.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gregor Thum, author
Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies