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    Czechs Alarmed by Merkel's 'Revisionist' Remarks on Germans Expelled After WWII

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has declared that the expulsion of ethnic Germans from the countries of Central and Eastern Europe after the Second World War had no "moral or political justification." Speaking to Sputnik, Czech Peace Forum chairwoman Vladimira Vitova explained what was so dangerous about Merkel's comment.

    In her speech on World Refugee Day on Wednesday ahead of a series of meetings on European refugee policy in Brussels, Merkel said that Czechoslovakia's expulsion of some three million Sudetenland Germans after the Second World War was "immoral."

    The remarks prompted an immediate response from Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, who rejected the characterization of events and warned that his German counterpart's comments served only to stir up "old wounds." Babis pointed to the crimes committed by German forces during the war, listing Czech villages that were wiped off the map during the occupation, as well as indiscriminate killings of those suspected of harboring resistance group members.

    Speaking to Sputnik Czech Republic, Vladimira Vitova, chairwoman of the Czech Peace Forum civic association and co-chair of the Alliance of National Forces political platform, suggested that before German politicians talk about displaced Germans, they should recall the war reparations Berlin still owes Prague.

    "This statement [by Chancellor Merkel] is utterly scandalous and clearly aimed at revising the results of the Second World War," Vitova said. "Germany has long been preparing the ground for this purpose here in the Czech Republic, with the help of some of our politicians," she added.

    Vitova recalled that the eviction of ethnic Germans and Prague's right to reparations were established by the Potsdam Agreement.
    "This agreement is not subject to a limitation period, and we must not renounce it," the politician stressed. "On the contrary, this agreement is clear in stating that the deported Germans cannot make any claims to anything. Our politicians have tried many times to circumvent the sensitive points of the agreement, starting with [Vaclav] Havel, who said that our claims to reparations shouldn't spoil relations between two friends,"

    According to the politician, Prague made a fundamental mistake by not tying guarantees on the payment of reparations to the question of Germany's reunification in 1990.

    "[First post-communist foreign minister] Jiri Dienstbier did not put this issue on the agenda, because he felt that the unification of Germany was more important, and relegated the issue of reparations to the background," Vitova noted.

    "Today, it's obvious that this was the beginning of a policy directed against us, with Havel, Dienstbier and others adhering to it. The problem is that we did not demand and still do not demand what is owed to us; neither before the unification of Germany, nor our accession to the European Union. Mrs. Merkel's words only illustrate the ingratiating behavior of our politicians before the Germans after 1989," she said.

    As of 2017, the Czech Republic and Slovakia's outstanding reparation claims amount to 1.36 trillion euros and 506 billion euros, respectively.
    Between 1944 and 1950, upwards of 14 million ethnic Germans or German citizens fled, were temporarily displaced or permanently expelled from Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Yugoslavia and Kaliningrad (then known as Konigsberg), with up to 600,000 perishing in the process.

    Germany's occupation of Czechoslovak lands began with the 1938 annexation of the country's northern and western borders, in a move agreed to by France, the UK and Italy. In March 1939 Berlin annexed the rest of western Czechoslovakia, with a Nazi client state, namely the Slovak Republic, formed in the east. During the occupation, hundreds of thousands of Czechoslovaks were executed, sent to concentration camps, or deported to Germany.
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    Merkel exposes her own heritage and the complexity of one rule for me, but another for thee. Funny how the Slavs can purify their states of Germanics, but nobody's supposed to say anything about the Turks and since Ottomans did share a border with Poland, I can't help but think that Poles enjoy the status quo and will rub it in Germany's face for as long as Israel gets away with it.

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    After 50 years, there should be no claims and trials for property or people involved. You think there would be a reasonable "cut off" date to start a pardoning process, especially after 25 years. Germans also lost many lives during the Mass Exodus along with being forced into concentration camps as temporary housing for 5-10 years post war, and they also gave up land to both Poland and Russia as compensation. Many people did not file damages and lost interest in reparations over time due to endless bureaucracy and also, new tenant occupations. Now, many governments have much debts so they want to sue in addition to their previous land claims. Can you imagine these claims toward Russia? And for Poland, they also have to separate the damages from the communist occupations.

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