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* Surprisingly early in the Second World War long before an Allied victory was assured people began to plan for its aftermath. They were haunted by memories of what happened a generation before when the millions of soldiers killed on the battlefields of the Great War had been eclipsed by the millions more civilians carried off by disease and starvation in its aftermath and were determined that this time around the ceasefire would not be followed by a civilian disaster. Confronted by an entire continent starving and uprooted, and with the help of a new UN body to aid the populations of Europe and Asia, Allied planners did not single out victims of the Nazi death camps for particular attention, but devised strategies to help all displaced persons as they had become known by 1943. Most of the fifteen million foreign labourers in Germany were speedily repatriated. But a million and a half people Jews, Poles, Ukrainians, Latvian, Lithuanians, Estonians and Yugoslavs refused to go hom
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The epic story of the aftermath of World War Two and the repatriation of over fifteen million people across a devastated Europe.

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Ben Shephard read History at Oxford University. He was a Producer on the television series The World at War and The Nuclear Age and has made numerous historical and scientific documentaries for the BBC and Channel Four. He is the author of the critically acclaimed A War of Nerves- Soldiers and Psychiatrists 1914-1994 and After Daybreak- The Liberation of Belsen, 1945. He lives in Bristol.

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"It's amazing, a really fine achievement and has a wonderful balance between argument and narration, where the individual stories draw the reader in to the moral and emotional complexities, while the sense of structure and proportion gives it a very strong sense of being in safe hands" -- Nick Stargardt, author of 'Witnesses of War' "Shephard does not seek to draw pat lessons or modern conclusions from any of this. He is content to tell us what happened next, in detail, and often vividly...a riveting and often entirely fresh story, shrewdly assembled, very well told." -- Peter Preston Guardian Review "Ben Shephard's account of his demanding and important subject is a triumph, his has unearthed new and moving testimony by former DPs and has burrowed into official and personal papers without ever letting his deep scholarship get in the way of the riveting story he has to tell...With a sureness of touch he interweaves the personal stories of those who were involved in the allied relief effort at all levels ...For anyone who is curious about the coalition of interests and beliefs which slide across this particularly American see-saw, reading Shepherd's brilliant book is a must" -- Nicholas Stargardt History Today "Ben Shephard's impressively readable account is replete with detailed personal testimony. It is a reminder not only of the real achievements of relief workers in the 1940s, but also of the continuing problem of refugees across the globe, many of whom - as in Iraq - have suffered the consequences of far less satisfactory programmes of relief and reconstruction" TLS "Excellent...his research is meticulous. He writes well with a keen eye for detail. His judgments are trenchant and he dishes out praise and blame with an even hand...What emerges most strikingly is the intricate mixture of motives behind the rescue of post-war Europe" Independent

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