GERMANY: The Unwanted

Eastern Europe's roads were already flooded with the harried, homeless & hungry when, last week, another vast tide was unloosed into the swollen streams. Winter would bring history's greatest migration. Millions of Germans and many of their masters prayed that it would be a mild winter.

The U.S. Military Government completed plans for repatriation of Germans and Austrians. About 200,000 Germans would come from Austria into the overcrowded U.S. zone of occupation. All Austrians in Germany would plod back to hamlets and cities from which war had wrenched them.

The remnants of more than 1,000,000 German D.P.s (displaced persons), ousted from...

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