PLAIN PEOPLE: The Sins of the Fathers

Between the Nazis and their victims was this difference (among others): those who suffered at Dachau and Belsen and Maidanek may have dreamed of vengeance against the individual Nazis who tortured them, but would not have planned the mass retaliation that has befallen millions of Germans, including children. No one, in fact, wished it; the misery that drags along the roads of Europe today is beneath premeditation, beyond mere vengeance.

A Lucky One. Karl Schwarzenberg inherited a 200-acre farm near Stargard, in Pomerania, where Germans had lived since 1253. He prospered, especially during the war.

When the Red Army overran Pomerania, Karl...

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