Contemporary European History

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Review Article

Ethnic Cleansing in Eastern Europe after 1945


a1 Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, School of History, Starkenstr. 44, D-79104 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany;

Pertti Ahonen, Gustavo Corni, Jerzy Kochanowski, Rainer Schulze, Tamás Stark and Barbara Stelzl-Marx, People on the Move: Forced Population Movements in Europe in the Second World War and Its Aftermath (Oxford and New York: Berg, 2008), 272 pp., €28.99 (pb), ISBN 1845208242.

David Curp, A Clean Sweep? The Politics of Ethnic Cleansing in Western Poland, 1945–1960 (Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2006), 270 pp., $85.00 (hb), ISBN 1580462383.

Benjamin Frommer, National Cleansing: Retribution against Nazi Collaborators in Czechoslovakia (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), 387 pp., £17.99 (pb), ISBN 0521008964.

Benjamin Lieberman, Terrible Fate: Ethnic Cleansing in the Making of Modern Europe (Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2006), 396 pp., $27.50 (hb), ISBN 1566636499.

Gregor Thum is a research fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies. He taught modern central European history at the University of Pittsburgh and the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder). His first book – Die fremde Stadt. Breslau 1945 (2003) – examines the transformation of German Breslau into Polish Wrocław after the Second World War. Currently, he is working on a book entitled Mastering the East: The German Frontier from 1800 to the Present.