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Reasons for Not Going Back

Sheila Fitzpatrick: Displaced by WWII

11 April 2013
In War’s Wake: Europe’s Displaced Persons in the Postwar Order 
by Gerard Daniel Cohen.
Oxford, 237 pp., £22.50, December 2012, 978 0 19 539968 4
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... was much to the East’s disadvantage. This meant that the DPs were increasingly understood as being ‘victims of Communism’, rather than the ‘victims of Nazism’ they had been at the start. As GerardDanielCohen persuasively argues, Allied recognition of the DPs’ objections to returning, and the prevailing sense of a profound difference between the ‘democratic’ Allies and the Soviet bloc ...

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