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How Breslau Became Wroclaw during the Century of Expulsions
Gregor Thum

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"Uprooted provides useful reminders of the ways in postwar Wroclaw was a 'normal' as well as an exceptional city. . . . Thum's book is a highly stimulating contribution to a range of discussions in history and the social sciences, as well as essential reading for those interested in the epic population transfers of mid-twentieth-century Central Europe."--James Bjork, European History Quarterly

"Undoubtedly, Thum's book is an important contribution to the field of European urban history, since Breslau-Wroclaw may be perceived as an ideal example of a European city. Thanks to its unique geopolitical position, situated at the crossroads of three countries--Germany, the Czech Republic, and Poland--Wroclaw was exposed to various social, political, and cultural influences during its long history."--Radoslaw Misiarz, Polish Review


"This is a terrific book. The voices of Poles and Germans from the past come alive, as Thum purposefully and carefully makes use of memoirs, diaries, and archival sources to reconstruct the fascinating early postwar history of Breslau/Wrocław."--Norman M. Naimark, author of Stalin's Genocides

"The story that Thum tells is . . . uniquely compelling. . . . This book must be counted among the most successful efforts to illuminate the epic demographic revolution that occurred east of the Oder-Neisse after 1945, and most historians of this process will want to consult it."--Richard Blanke, Slavic Review

"This excellent work of urban history tells the story of how German Breslau was turned into Polish Wrocław. Thum shows the difficulties of the new inhabitants to accept the city--which had been ethnically cleansed of its German population--as their home city and the place with which they could identify."--Philipp Ther, coeditor of Redrawing Nations: Ethnic Cleansing in East-Central Europe, 1944-1948

"Thum'' study deliberately renounces pathos and accusations, renounces open or covert manipulation of the reader--without losing sight of human suffering. . . . It puts emphasis on the structures of 'memory politics,' throws light on the long-term impact of the construction of political myths, and elucidates the working methods of 'engineers of cultural memory,' who of course haven't only existed in Breslau past and present."--Wolfgang Thierse, Kulturjournal

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