After World War II, the people of Germany endured torment from their conquerors in many forms, from being stolen from, to be tortured or killed. Over ten million Germans were forced to move out of their homes. Around half a million of those that were moved died on their journeys elsewhere, while others suffered greatly from famine, cold, and dehydration (Douglas). At a number this large, surely some of the people that lived in Germany were against the war. This begs the question: Why should all of the people of Germany suffer because of Hitler’s wrongdoings? Every day, German citizens were pushed off land that had belonged to them, regardless of their position on the war.
When the eastern and western fronts closed in on the heart of Germany, German homes and farms were ransacked. Many houses were raided by allied troops in hopes of finding food. The prosperous German farmers who owned a large chunk of land had their land taken from them and redistributed among other farmers, so Communism could take control of the region. If land was not taken from the farmers, then their livestock were (Schröder 46-47). Many a valuable were broken or stolen in these raids. Some families had priceless heirlooms and fancy furniture that could not be replaced. Still others had to...
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...w Germany was treated after the first one. The Allies should have learned from the end of the first war, but they did not. It is the deep resentment from Germany that spurred the war to near world destruction, but with a little bit of a helping hand to losers of a war, can come an even greater peace.
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