This morning I watched 1945: A Savage Peace, a BBC documentary on what happened to the ethnic German civilians living in Eastern Europe immediately after the war.
A brutal film.
I knew that they suffered, that the Russians raped and killed many as they moved west, but I had no idea about how the Poles and Czechs took vengeance on these German civilians.
Some of the documentary footage of Czechs shooting and hanging German civilians is very disturbing.
Also the interviews with the German children who survived this brutality are hard to listen too.
My only complaint is that there is too little made of the German atrocities committed during the war that inspired this revenge. That seems forgotten, and I wonder if this is simply another way of changing how the world sees the Germans and the war.
Overall, the film tells me once again that war is shit.
The film is available on Netflix.
I recommend it.
Here's a link to a Daily Telegraph article about the documentary. Just click here: Link.