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Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Program

History

Date of Award

5-2017

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Stephen G. Fritz

Committee Members

Henry J. Antkiewicz, William Doug Burgess Jr.

Abstract

The resettlement of Baltic Germans from Estonia and Latvia to the Polish territories initiated the dissolution of the Baltic German community and its unique identity, largely causing hardship and suffering throughout the occupation in Poland. The subsequent escape from the Red Army and deportations by the Poles at the end of World War II completed the disbanding. It brought innocent families, as well as Baltic German soldiers, to and beyond the limits of their ability to endure pain and suffering. Yet, throughout the process, Baltic Germans’ reaction to the opportunities and crisis varied greatly. The following study will uncover the diverse fates Baltic Germans endured and reveal the range of Baltic German’s culpability and victimhood throughout the resettlement process and the subsequent migration west.

Document Type

Thesis - Campus Only

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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